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Stranded cruise passengers finally arrive at port

A CRIPPLED Costa cruise ship with over 1,000 people onboard has finally arrived at the capital of the Seychelles after three days at sea without power.

A French tuna fishing boat towed the stricken Costa Allegra towards the port in Victoria today, where a line of ambulances, a Red Cross medical team and a fleet of small buses awaited its arrival.

The ship is owned by the company whose giant liner Concordia smashed into rocks off Italy last month.

Allegra suffered an engine-room fire which knocked out the ship's main power supply on Monday, disabling the engines in waters prowled by pirates.

A team from Costa Cruises boarded to make arrangements for passengers and crew.