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Return to Splendor: Larry Himmel's welcoming committee

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - As you can imagine, the thousands of people on the Carnival Splendor are ecstatic to be back on solid ground. And as the disabled luxury cruise ship was towed into San Diego Bay, our very own Larry Himmel was standing by to give everyone on board a warm welcome.

Flanked by a flotilla of tugs and tenders, Coast Guard and Harbor Police, the little cruiser that couldn't lufted back to land. The trip from hell finally ended in paradise, and just off the Carnival Splendor's stern, I was aboard the charter boat Samari to make sure the passengers received a warm welcome home. It didn't take us long to be sighted.

While the beleaguered boat people were slowly herded off the lifeless hull, I was able to make contact via cell phone with Spokane, Washington passenger Bob Tallan, who was hanging out in the balcony of his stateroom, patiently waiting his turn to disembark.

"They've taken very, very good care of us. I want to thank all the people on the Splendor for taking care of us. We could have had a really ugly situation out there from Monday on," Bob said.

Passengers didn't realize how much jeopardy the ship was in until they were in port.

"We were just a sitting duck out there and didn't know it until we got home. Been a trip to nowhere, and coming home," Bob said.

And even though his ordeal is still not quite over, he's ready to go cruising again.

"They're giving us another cruise for nothing. They are putting us up in a hotel until Sunday, they're giving us airfare. Those guys at Carnival have done a first-class job," Bob said.

Before they bid bon voyage to their floating septic tank and leave behind their cruise to nowhere, the passengers aboard the Carnival Splendor were happy to give us one more wave.

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