In an unusual move, Carnival Cruise Lines said it will pay each passenger on the disabled Carnival Triumph $500 cash, in addition to other compensation.

“We know it has been a longer journey back than we anticipated at the beginning of the week under very challenging circumstances," Carnival President Gerry Cahill said.

"We are very sorry for what our guests have had to endure. Therefore, in addition to the full refund and future cruise credit already offered, we have decided to provide this additional compensation."

Cruise lines, including Carnival, typically offer noncash compensation such as onboard spending credits or discounts on future cruises when problems occur on a cruise.

Separately, Carnival said a third tug has joined the effort to bring the Triumph back to Mobile.

Follow Tom Stieghorst on Twitter @tstravelweekly.

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