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Cruise Ship Adrift Near Mexico Following Fire

Cruise Ship Adrift After Fire

A cruise ship is adrift after an engine fire left it without propulsion about 140 miles off the Mexican coast on Sunday.

The Carnival Triumph is currently in the Gulf of Mexico. It was in waters near the Yucatan Peninsula, heading back to Galveston, Texas, when the fire broke out.

The ships automatic sprinkler system extinguished the fire without injuries, but the ship was left adrift in the ocean, reports CNN. The ship’s more than 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members must wait for help to come.

Carnival released a statement about the incident on Sunday evening, saying:

“The ship’s technical crew has determined the vessel will need to be towed to port. A tugboat is en route to the ship’s location and will tow the vessel to Progreso, Mexico, which is the closest port.”

The Carnival cruise liner is expected to arrive in port on Wednesday. Emergency generators have kept passengers from losing electricity during the incident. They also have ample food and water onboard.

Yahoo! News notes that the statement added, “Another Carnival ship, the Carnival Elation, is currently on scene and transferring additional food and beverage provisions to the Carnival Triumph.”

The Coast Guard’s Cutter Vigorous is expected to arrive on the scene early Monday morning. It will then begin to tub the cruise ship back to port.

The cruise ship adrift set sail from Galveston on Thursday. It was expected to arrive back in Monday February 11. Carnival announced that all passengers on board the ship will receive a refund and “cruise credit equal to the amount paid for this voyage.” The ship’s next two voyages have also been cancelled.

[Image by Scott L. (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons]

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7 Responses to “Cruise Ship Adrift Near Mexico Following Fire”

  1. Ray Bell

    Hey, it's a ship, a machine. Machines break down on occasion. This could have turned out a lot worse. It's an inconvenience and all will get over it. The emergency systems worked. Congratulations Carnival, hope my wife and I get to cruise with you again soon.

  2. Edward Bellamy

    I hope you don't feel the same after Carnivals failure to handle this properly. Here's a cruise company worth Billions and they leave their customers on a ship for over 4 days… stranded. The vacationers are pooping in bags, they have no fresh air, no running water and many are sick and/or feeling nauseous. What should Carnival do you ask? Tow them to any port and pay for hotel rooms and flights home! Want a different idea? How about send them another cruise ship to board, we are talking about the largest cruise ship company in the world! If the CEO wasn't sitting at a pro basket ball game (showing he doesn't care that people are being tortured on their vacations) maybe an even better plan could have been made! I hope those who were on that cruise fight for double their money back and a totally free vacation. I mean how can you put a price on being forced to live in squalor for this long? What do you tell someone who had to poop in a bag today? Happy Valentines day!

  3. Edward Bellamy

    I hope you don't feel the same after Carnivals failure to handle this properly. Here's a cruise company worth Billions and they leave their customers on a ship for over 4 days… stranded. The vacationers are pooping in bags, they have no fresh air, no running water and many are sick and/or feeling nauseous. What should Carnival do you ask? Tow them to any port and pay for hotel rooms and flights home! Want a different idea? How about send them another cruise ship to board, we are talking about the largest cruise ship company in the world! If the CEO wasn't sitting at a pro basket ball game (showing he doesn't care that people are being tortured on their vacations) maybe an even better plan could have been made! I hope those who were on that cruise fight for double their money back and a totally free vacation. I mean how can you put a price on being forced to live in squalor for this long? What do you tell someone who had to poop in a bag today? Happy Valentines day!