Tweet peek: First look inside the cruise ship

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  • The Carnival Triumph has been stranded at sea for four days
  • Passengers have been living in unsanitary conditions
Tweet peek: First look inside the cruise ship

Finally, the Carnival Triumph is drawing close to land, bringing hundreds of weary passengers closer to getting back home. Carnival has arranged to compensate the passengers, offering everything from covering the costs of their passage home to an additional $500 bonus. The cruise line is also offering Triumph guests a free Carnival cruise in the future, but whether any of them will be hurry to get back on a boat anytime soon remains to be seen.

HLN affiliate KHOU has started tweeting photos from on board the ship. Here is a long line of mattresses along a breezeway where people slept.

 

 

Finally, people have access to power to charge their cell phones and other devices.

 

 

And here is a peek at one of the community "bedrooms" set up in a dining area.

 

 

The Salvation Army is on hand to bring hot chocolate to passengers, who have complained of being cold as the boat approaches its destination. 

 

 

At 7:11 p.m., Carnival tweeted and said a tug line broke and is being replaced. Looks like the passengers have a bit longer to wait yet.

 

 

One passenger tweeted a pic of the ship in NYC, an idyllic snapshot that seems a touch ironic after the events of the past few days.

 

As more tweets pour in, we have more photos from the ship. One affecting snapshot shows passengers spelling out the word "help" with their bodies.

 

Pictures of signs are starting to show up from the passengers who have cell phone juice again, such as this one here.

 

Carnival Cruise has updated its official Twitter, saying that their crew will create a luggage brigade in the stairwells to get people off the ship as soon as possible. They've also clarified that children and the elderly will be the first permitted to debark.

 

They also confirmed a passenger named Megan Clemons-Foxall was removed from the ship Wednesday evening due to a medical emergency.

 

While most are upset and impatient about getting back to land, some passengers are simply glad to be safe.

 

 

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