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  • Rough seas delay Carnival Triumph's return
  • Passengers have been without basic services for 4 days
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous stands by to assist the cruise ship Carnival Triumph

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Carnival Triumph passengers

More than 3,000 cruise ship passengers stuck at sea for days will have to wait a few more hours to get back on land.

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The Carnival Triumph is now expected to dock Thursday night in Mobile, Alabama, sometime between 9 p.m. and midnight ET. They had planned to arrive about three hours earlier, but officials say rough water overnight slowed the ship's return.

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The ship was crippled February 10 when a fire in the engine room caused enough damage to set it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. Power and running water were among the services affected by the fire. Passengers have reportedly faced long lines and even fights for food.

Basic comfort and hygiene became an issue when waste systems and air conditioning stopped working for many.

Here's what Carnival has lined up once people finally disembark: About 100 buses are waiting to take them to New Orleans, Louisiana, for the night, or straight back to their original port near Houston, Texas. Carnival has booked 1,500 hotel rooms in New Orleans. Passengers will also get $500 on top of a full refund and other credits.

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