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From Bee reporters Bill Lindelof and Ed Fletcher:

As a stricken Carnival Splendor cruise ship reached the San Diego dock the word from at least one Sacramento resident is it was an ordeal of climbing stairs and long food lines.

"It is no luxury and it is no fun," said an e-mail from Capitol staffer and former Bee reporter Fahizah Alim. ...

Alim e-mailed as the boat that passengers were awaken by acrid smoke the first morning of the fun cruise:

"Since we have no electricity to fire the elevators, I along with the other 3,000, including the lame, the feeble and children, spend our dimly lit days climbing the stairs back and forth to 9th floor to stand hours in line for cold sandwiches, lettuce and fruit."

Alim, who works for Democratic Sen. Curren Price, of Inglewood, and Price aide Leticia Lewis were both vacationing on the Christian-themed cruise. Click here to read the full story.



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