Carnival Triumph passengers keep mementos of fated trip

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    MOBILE, AL (CBS) -- Over 4,200 people who were aboard the Carnival Triumph are happy to be back on land.

    Tugboats moved the Carnival Triumph to a shipyard in the Port of Mobile this morning. A team of engineers and investigators are looking the cause of the engine fire, and the extent of the damage. It's unclear where the repairs and cleanup will be done.

    Thousands of passengers erupted into cheers as the ship finally docked last night. They showed video and photos of the squalid conditions they endured: sewage-soaked floors, plastic bags as toilets, tent camps on deck.

    Nicole Brown of Dallas has a bedsheet that hundreds of fellow passengers signed. Robin Burgess kept one of the infamous red bags as a memento. She also has a souvenir mug. She says, "It says the guest capacity is 2,758, and the total staff was 1,100, you add those up and you don't get 4,200."

    The U.S. Coast Guard, with the assistance of the National Transportation Safety Board, is leading the U.S. part of the investigation. But final decisions on the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage will be made by authorizes in the Bahamas, because that's where the ship is registered.

    Carnival is offering $500 cash, a full refund, and discounts on future cruises. Brown says, "They can have whatever they're offering us, they can actually keep it, or I'll take it and I'll frame it."

    After docking last night some passengers boarded buses to Texas and Louisiana. A bus headed for New Orleans broke down.

    Carnival has cancelled Triumph's next 12 cruises. The company admits the ship had mechanical problems weeks before the engine fire.

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