Cruise passengers arrive at Sunport, final leg of ill-fated trip

Posted at: 02/15/2013 9:41 PM
Updated at: 02/15/2013 10:11 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Most passengers who were on the ill-fated cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico spent Friday making their way home from their miserable voyage.

Three of those passengers arrived back home to Albuquerque. With her feet finally on the ground, and with home just ten minutes away, Alena Sweet was overcome with emotion.  She described life on the ship over the past five days. She said they were given bags to go to the bathroom in, and eventually had sewage coming through the walls and up through their shower drain.
"We did sit out there for a day with no tug boats, no nothing and it was just us and there were sharks circling. You could see them," Sweet said.

She wasn't the only person from Albuquerque to go through it. Jim and Denise Dobier arrived to the Sunport at the same time Friday night.

"I just can't wait to totally wash all of my clothing and just feel like I'm clean again, that is a big thing - just being clean. I want to go home and just flush a few toilets just because I can," the couple said.

The passengers on the cruise have been offered $500 dollars, on top of their cruise expense being reimbursed. They also have the option to go on another cruise free of charge, but the three passengers we spoke with don't plan on it. 

The Dobier's said they are going to look at possibly filing a lawsuit.