Passengers finally leaving disabled cruise ship

1st passengers start to get off disabled cruise ship after 5 days aboard without electricity

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Passengers finally leaving disabled cruise ship
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The cruise ship Carnival Triumph is pushed towards the cruise terminal along the Mobile River in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The ship with more than 4,200 passengers and crew members was idled for nearly a week in the Gulf of Mexico following an engine room fire. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- The first of some 3,000 passengers are starting to come off a cruise ship disabled for days at sea.

At about 10:15 p.m. Central time some aboard the Triumph were walking down an enclosed gangway to a terminal at Mobile, Ala.

As people started disembarking, others on board waiting were chanting, "Let me off, let me off!"

Carnival CEO Gerry Cahill apologized on the public address system to passengers.

Passengers have the option of a seven-hour bus ride to the Texas cities of Galveston or Houston or a two-hour trip to New Orleans. Buses are standing by to take them to their next stop.

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