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MOBILE, Alabama - After days of being stranded at sea, thousands of vacationers are finally back home and appreciating the little things.
Passengers cheered as the Carnival cruise ship Triumph arrived in Mobile.
"I'm ecstatic!" says Adriana Perez of Houston, Texas, "I am so excited, just to be back home and to know that, you know, I can take a shower in a little bit. I can go to the restroom and not have to worry if there is water or not."
Perez was among over 3000 passengers aboard Triumph on Sunday, when a fire in the engine room caused the vessel, the length of 3 football fields, to lose power 150 miles off the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
"There was a moment where the electricity went out and you could hear the screams of babies and mothers and there was an elderly couple sitting next to me and I could hear them telling each other 'okay remember, I love you, remember I love you'," says Perez. "That was really difficult."
What was supposed to be a 4 day cruise turned into 8 days, as tug boats slowly towed the disabled vessel to Mobile. With limited power, passengers say there were long lines for food and backed up toilets forced them to use plastic bags.
"They were our toilets," says Julie Hair of Lake Charles, Louisiana. "Yes, and then we had to set in the hallway. It taught you a lot of humility."
Carnival chartered 100 buses and 20 planes to help get passengers back home. The company is offering each passenger a full refund for this cruise, $500 in cash and a free cruise in the future for those who are still interested.
"I'd go tomorrow, you fall off a bicycle, you don't never ride it again," says Mike Westwood of San Antonio, Texas. "You fall off a horse you do it, you have an automobile accident you still drive a car."
The Triumph was towed to a shipyard on Mobile Bay where it will undergo repairs and, no doubt, a thorough cleaning. Carnival officials say the vessel will remain out of service through April.
This story continues to develop. We'll bring you the latest over the weekend on FOX17 NEWS, Fox17.com and Facebook.com/FoxNashville.
Friday, February 15 2013, 10:16 PM CST
Tishomingo County voters OK beer, alcohol sales
May 22, 2013 23:38 GMT
IUKA, Miss. (AP) -- Tishomingo County is the latest Mississippi jurisdiction to legalize alcohol sales.
Voters approved the sale of liquor, wine and beer Tuesday, reports the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/13JCcix).
It wasn't clear referendums would pass until affidavit ballots were counted Wednesday.
With more than half Tishomingo County's voters casting ballots, legalizing alcohol passed by 42 votes, while legalizing beer and light wine passed by 73. The county borders Alabama and Tennessee.
Lawmakers legalized liquor at a proposed resort at the county's Bay Springs Lake in 2010, but it wasn't built.
Greene County voters legalized beer sales last year, while Corinth, New Albany and Senatobia have legalized alcohol sales under a 2012 law that allows cities to hold votes.
Mississippi has 13 remaining counties that allow no beer or alcohol sales.
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