Passengers finally got to disembark from a disabled Carnival cruise ship in Alabama and are checking into hotels or heading home by bus.

The vacation ship was carrying some 4,200 people and docked late last night in Mobile after five numbing days at sea without power. Passengers raucously cheered the docking after days of what they described as overflowing toilets, food shortages and foul odors.

It was supposed to be a fun trip with girlfriends for 28-year-old Maria Hernandez of Angleton, Texas. But Hernandez said instead, "it was horrible, just horrible.''

It took less than four hours to get all the passengers off the crippled ship. Some boarded about 100 buses for trips to hotels in New Orleans, about two hours away, or all the way to Texas.

Among those on the cruise ship included vacationers from Marshall, Texas, and Zwolle.