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North Texans arrive home from Carnival Triumph cruise ship

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North Texans finally arrive home from the Carnival Triumph cruise ship and are anxious to talk about their experience.

It was supposed to be a romantic cruise for Lloyd and Cheryl Bass' second honeymoon.

Instead, the air of romance was filled with the stench of backed up toilets and sewage soaked carpets.

"This is us, beautiful as we are. No shower. Haven't slept. Sunburned nose. But we're here and we're happy and we're home," said Cheryl Bass.

The couple can't stop thinking about what might have been, had the engine fire that stranded them at sea been worse.

"Seeing how much real danger we were in, we can see we were very close to possibly losing everybody on that ship," said Lloyd Bass.

The couple did have a number of great vacation moments before the fire and before people on the lower deck started camping out in hallways and on the decks.

Cheryl's sister and brother-in-law and their five children were on the cruise with them.

Two of the girls slept in beds made from chairs.

Cheryl Bass said she has limited mobility but they were concerned by the dangers posed to others who were disabled.

"There was one child who had cerebral palsy and the parents carried the child up the stairs and crew members carried the child's wheel chair up," said Lloyd Bass.

After five days at sea, the Triumph finally docked at the tow line.

"The most important thing for me is to go on board and apologize," said Carnival CEO Gerry Cahill.

"Personally I was offended because it wasn't my vacation experience being compromised it was my safety and the safety of others was my primary concern," said Lloyd Bass.

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