Aboard a virtual fleet of chartered aircraft, 11 flights in all, the sea weary passengers of the Carnival ship Triumph trudged off jets in Houston looking to finally get where they need to go.
"Thank God that I'm home, I'm just happy I'm home," said Stephanie Guillen of Houston.
Each of the 2,300 who chose a trip to Houston transferred to waiting buses. Some headed south to Triumph's home port of Galveston. Others made a bee-line for airport terminals eager to catch connecting flights.
Reaction to the ordeal ran the emotional gamut.
Houstonian Stephanie Guillen was among the "cruisers" you could call disappointed and frustrated
"Bags of poop everywhere. It it was pretty gross," said Guillen.
The experience left others even more intensely disturbed.
"I have had it. Before all this I would definitely do Carnival again. I will never now. They can take their free trip and put it where the sun doesn't shine. These people don't know what the hell they are doing. I'm sorry, I'm done," said passenger Shannon Froehlich as she gathered her bags.
Others were far more forgiving.
Mark Peaden from Galveston says most aboard did just fine after the Coast guard appeared and folks stopped hoarding food.
"It wasn't completely terrible. There were a few scary moments, but nothing we can't live with," said Peaden.
Peaden's content with the refund, the free future cruise and the five hundred bucks worth of apology cash.
Carnival, he contends, has likely learned it's lesson.
"The biggest problem with the Triumph is that it kept having problems and they kept trying to put Band-Aids on it to keep it going and that Band-aid finally busted and they are paying for it now," said Peaden.