MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Mobile has had the Holiday, the Elation, the Triumph and now, on Sunday, July 7 the focus turned to the Conquest, which made a very unexpected detour to the Port City.
FOX10 News spoke with some of the Conquest's passengers and their loved ones and heard a spectrum of emotions.
The Carnival Conquest was no Triumph as it entered the Mobile River Sunday. But its maneuvering certainly was.
After sailing up river without tugboat assistance, the ship turned completely around near the Cochran-Africatown Bridge, then headed back south to the Alabama Cruise Terminal, a good 45 minutes after it passed the dock the first time.
"I think it's nice that we have a ship coming in here to use our facility temporarily, but it would be even nicer if it was being used regularly by a cruise ship operator," said Lawrence Hargett of Mobile.
Some passengers FOX10 News spoke with say Carnival alerted them Saturday night about a possible detour and continued to update them throughout the trip.
"It was probably like 8 this morning, they told us we wouldn't be able to get in and so we were going to have to go to Mobile," said Jordan Roberts of Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Some were pleased with the trip.
"They handled it pretty well, I think. I was very pleased. They came over the intercom and told us. I was actually in a comedy show at the time and it was an ok reaction because the comedy man made fun of it so it was a good time," said Lisa Jordan of Moss Point, Mississippi.
Others, were not so pleased.
"Waiting on the ship for 10 hours. Getting decisions, figuring out what was going on. It took two hours to get the ship on the gangway to get it leveled off. How does it take two hours to get the gangway on? Now we're waiting for cruise customers on railroad tracks for a bus or a taxi. That's uncalled for," said Joyce Ann Skiffington of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A few quick facts of the ship: it's 953 feet long and 60 feet longer than the Triumph. It holds over 200 more passengers than the Triumph totaling nearly 2,800 passengers.
FOX10 News spoke with Mayor Jones. He said the ship will only be at the terminal for one night. It will depart Monday.
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