After days of cold food and no running water, passengers aboard the Crippled Carnival Cruise Ship 'triumph' are now ready to disembark for a hot meal and a shower.
Passengers are still on board and officials say it could be hours before they are let off.
Anxious passengers are lining the decks waving, cheering loudly and whistling to those on shore.
Carnival says the 3,000 or so passengers have the option of a 7-hour bus ride to the Texas cities of Galveston or Houston, or a 2-hour trip to New Orleans.
Buses are standing by to take them their next stop.
The cruise ship has been at sea for a week.
An engine-room fire on Sunday left the ship powerless.
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