MOBILE, AL (WLOX/KPLC) - After a week at sea, the disabled cruise ship Carnival Triumph is in sight of shore off Alabama. Four tugs are towing the vessel.
The time the ship is expected to actually arrive keeps moving back. It's now set to dock between 9pm and midnight.
Nellie Betts of Tupelo is outside of the Alabama Cruise Terminal with her husband eagerly waiting for their daughter to make it to land. Her daughter Nicole, of Dallas, is on the ship with a group of nurses on a conference. She was able to talk to her mom around 5am Thursday morning.
"She said that she's more worried about the older people on the ship, but she's just ready to be home" said Betts.
She drove from Mississippi Thursday morning after hearing the ship would be docked sometime during the day; that was the last thing she heard from Carnival late Wednesday night.
Ricky Felts of Houston shared his frustrations of seeing Carnival owner sitting court side at a basketball game on Tuesday.
"They need to fly him out on the boat and let him sit there" said Felts.
An engine-room fire Sunday left the ship powerless. More than 4,000 people are on board.