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Last Passengers Leave 'Nightmare' Cruise Ship

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Passengers from the Carnival Splendor are praising the crew but otherwise describing their experience aboard the cruise ship as a "nightmare" vacation. Half a dozen tugboats finally dragged the Splendor into San Diego Bay today after a fire in the engine room Monday left it adrift.

Getting off also required considerable patience. Elevators on the towering ship weren't working and it took hours for the 3,300 passengers to disembark.

Finally back on land, one woman said a highlight of the trip came when she discovered her toilet was flushing again after not working for 15 hours. Peg Fisher says she was so excited she ran into the hall, shouting the news to fellow passengers who sprinted back to their cabins.

With refrigerators also out and food spoiling, the Splendor's cooks improvised. But Fisher says the fare was so awful, it was probably the only cruise "where people lost weight instead of gaining weight."

Despite the nightmare, passengers appeared eager for a moment, snapping up $20 T-shirts with the phrase: "I survived the 2010 Carnival cruise Spamcation.

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