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Passengers leave Costa Allegra after 3 days without power

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Passengers alight from the Costa Allegra cruise ship at Mahe port in Seychelles Island on March 1. Tired passengers left a crippled Costa cruise ship in the Seychelles capital Victoria on Thursday, ending a three-day ordeal in the Indian Ocean after a fire knocked out the vessel's main power supply.

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Passengers and crew members of the stricken Italian cruise ship Costa Allegra stand on the deck as they wait to disembark at the harbor in the capital Victoria, the Seychelles, March 1.

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In this image taken on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 by a passenger of the Costa Allegra cruise ship, passengers sit on the deck of the ship. A disabled cruise ship carrying more than 1,000 people docked in the island nation of the Seychelles Thursday after three days at sea without power since a fire broke out in the generator room on Monday.

VICTORIA, Seychelles -- Tired passengers left a crippled Costa cruise ship in the Seychelles capital Victoria on Thursday, ending a three-day ordeal in the Indian Ocean after a fire knocked out the vessel's main power supply.

The Costa Allegra suffered an engine-room fire on Monday which disabled its engines in waters prowled by pirates.

The ship is owned by the company whose giant liner Costa Concordia smashed into rocks off Italy and capsized last month, killing at least 25 people.

The passengers said they had prepared to abandon ship when fire broke out in the engine room three days ago, leaving the vessel adrift in waters prowled by pirates.

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Costa Allegra cruise ship Captain Niccolo Alba wipes a tear during a news conference in Victoria, Seychelles, on March 1.

But the fire that broke out Monday was brought under control and the more than 1,000 people wound up staying aboard the Costa Allegra, which suddenly had no engine power, no air conditioning, no lights and no running water for showers or toilets.

A French tuna fishing boat towed the Costa Allegra for three days toward the port in Victoria, where a line of ambulances, a Red Cross medical team and a fleet of small buses was waiting.

Passengers lined the railings and a few began to clap as the vessel drew close to the crowded dock Thursday morning.

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-- msnbc.com news services

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Towed by a French tuna-fishing boat, the stricken Italian cruise ship Costa Allegra approaches the harbor in the capital Victoria, the Seychelles, on March 1. Towed by a French fishing boat, the ship carrying more than 1,000 people arrived at a port in the island nation of the Seychelles after it had lost all power on Feb. 27 due to a fire in the engine room. The Costa Allegra is operated by the same company that operated the Costa Concordia, which capsized off the coast of Italy on 13 January, killing at least 25 people.

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Passengers of the Costa Allegra cruise ship look for their baggage upon their arrival at Victoria's harbor, Seychelles Island, on March 1.

The crippled cruise ship Costa Allegra has arrived in a Seychelles port Thursday after three days at sea with 1,000 people aboard and no power, toilets or showers. NBC's Duncan Golestani reports.