MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The latest Carnival ship to pay a short visit to Mobile has set sail. The Conquest left the Alabama Cruise Terminal about 6:00 Monday evening.
The ship was scheduled to leave at 4 p.m., but two workers moving equipment with a forklift were hurt. Fire officials said the injuries were not life threatening.
The ship was diverted from New Orleans to Mobile Sunday because a sunken tugboat closed the Mississippi River.
The passengers for the ship's next voyage were bused in from New Orleans Monday morning.
The chartered buses started rolling in shortly after 10 a.m.
They were filled with passengers, some of them waving for the cameras, who learned on short notice they'd be sailing from Mobile instead of New Orleans.
When asked how the bus trip was, one passenger said, "Perfect."
ENTERING THE TERMINAL
Dogs were on hand to check the buses as they entered the terminal, but the general manager of the Alabama Cruise Terminal said the estimated 3500 passengers wouldn't have to stand in long lines for security clearance.
Sheila Gurganus said, "They will go right on, because they have been checked in. They have been screened, their luggage has been screened, and they are totally ready to board."
PREVIOUS TRIP PASSENGERS
Before the new passengers arrived from New Orleans, about 300 passengers and crew members from the trip that unloaded Sunday in Mobile disembarked, and talked about their cruise experience, with one extra day added.
Crystal Hobbs from Ohio said, "The excursions were nice. (I) just could have done without the extra day on board, and trying to find flights and transportation.
Some departing passengers had to wait for cabs in the rain.
Zack Beswick of Grand Haven, Michigan, said, "They let us know yesterday there were cabs everywhere. This morning, not quite as many, so, a little bit of a wait."
Gurganus said, "Maybe they weren't here this morning. I think all the cabs got jumped on this morning."
There was one suggestion for future bus trips from New Orleans to Mobile.
WHAT ELSE DOES THE BUS TRIP NEED?
As for the bus trip from New Orleans to Mobile, one passenger boarding Monday said, "Next time we need live entertainment."
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