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Stranded cruise ship closer to shore. Nightmare almost over for thousands of stranded passengers
11:51 AM, Feb 13, 2013
2:41 PM, Feb 13, 2013
HOUSTON - The nightmare for thousands of passengers onboard a disabled ship in the Gulf of Mexico is almost over.
The Carnival Triumph went adrift off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula following a fire in the engine room last weekend.
Two tugboats have been dragging the nearly 900-foot, 14-story vessel at a jogger's pace to a port in Mobile, Ala.
The 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members are expected to reach shore Thursday afternoon.
Carnival says it is making passengers as comfortable as possible, contradicting accounts of some passengers.
Meanwhile, some passengers have complained to relatives about hot, dirty conditions aboard the Triumph, including tales of overflowing toilets and limited food.
Forecasters predict a front to bring increasing winds and isolated showers to the path of the ship. However, the Coast Guard and cruise line say they don't expect passengers to see a noticeable change in shipboard conditions.
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