GALVESTON, Texas -- Weary passengers of the crippled Carnival cruise ship Triumph are returning to the ship's departure port in South Texas after five days at sea on a liner left powerless by an engine-room fire.

Buses began arriving at the Port of Galveston on Friday morning after an eight-hour drive from Mobile, Ala. The ship was towed into port at Mobile on Thursday night.

Port of Galveston police say as many as 800 people will arrive Friday by bus to retrieve their vehicles or be shuttled onto other buses to reach home.

Elaine Roberts of Gainesville, Texas, and her family were among the first to arrive in Galveston. She told KHOU-TV the conditions on Triumph were a "cesspool."

The Triumph departed Galveston on Feb. 7 and was due to return Monday.

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