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Mid-South family awaits Carnival Triumph's arrival

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(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South family is in Mobile, Alabama awaiting the arrival of Carnival Triumph, the cruise ship that became stranded after a fire.

The passengers have been stuck on the ship for more than a week.

Nellie Betts and her family left Tupelo and made the five hour drive to Mobile, Alabama Thursday morning to wait on their daughter, Nicole.

"Don't no one know how horrible this has been, this has been horrible," said Nellie Betts.

Betts' and her family just want to see Nicole back on land. She has been stranded at sea for days in some filthy conditions after a Sunday engine fire disabled the Carnival cruise ship.

Nicole took the trip with co-workers from Texas.

"My daughter is on that ship with all that water and nothing I can do," Betts told reporters.

On Thursday, we got our first look at the ship as tugboats helped get the vessel closer to shore. Betts will be there waiting, but says she has not heard from the cruise line since Wednesday.

"I haven't heard from them today, the latest I heard was at 3:30, that they should arrive around 4 today," Betts said.

That arrival time continues to be pushed back.

Despite offers of a full refund, future discounts, and hundreds of dollars for the troubles, the only thing Betts wants is her daughter before she makes the drive back to Tupelo.

"I just want her to be here, I just want to see her, for my peace of mind," Betts said.

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