SAN DIEGO (AP) — One passenger from the Carnival Splendor says he loves being back on land.
Ken King of Los Angeles is among the 4,500 passengers and crew members who are getting off the cruise ship, now that it's been towed to a dock in San Diego. The ship was adrift for three days and nights with limited food, backed-up toilets and dark cabins, after losing its power because of an engine fire.
King says the ship's staff was "excellent." But the food, he says, was "horrible."
One man who disembarked with his wife and two children said it was "gross when the toilets weren't working."
Chris Harlen adds, "There were a lot of people getting smashed off warm beer."
People on the decks and about 100 onshore cheered loudly as the ship reached the dock.
High up on a ship railing, someone had stuck a sign thanking the Coast Guard and a hand-drawn U.S. flag.