Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph’s sailing has been canceled in the Gulf of Mexico, at least until April.
An engine fire disabled the Carnival cruise ship and will cost the cruise line money but its reputation may not be that tarnished.
The fire erupted Sunday, disabling the Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph’s propulsion and power for many of its necessary facilities such as bathrooms and kitchens. More than 4,000 passengers and crew members on board are being towed on board to Mobile, Alabama by three tug boats.
According to the LA Times, Carnival is offering to reimburse passengers for the cruise fare, transportation costs and other expenses, as well as an additional $500 each. Carnival has also canceled several sailings of the Triumph through April.
The engine fire was only the icing on the cake of issues the Triumph has been having in the last few weeks, and the final sign that serious repairs are needed.
Debbi Smedley, a passenger on a recent Triumph cruise, said the ship had been having trouble from the beginning when it left port on January 28 from Galveston. The ship did not sail until after 8 pm. According to Yahoo News, Smedley adds:
“My mother is a cruise travel agent so this is not my first rodeo. I have sailed many, many cruises, many, many cruise lines. This was, by far, I have to say, the worst.”
Robert Giordano of Oklahoma said he last spoke to his wife, Shannon, on Monday. She informed him she waited three hours to get a hot dog, and that conditions on the nightmare ship were terrible:
“They’re having to urinate in the shower. They’ve been passed out plastic bags to go to the bathroom. There was fecal matter all over the floor.”
Vivian Tilley of San Diego, whose sister is also on the Carnival Triumph, said Shanar and her husband chose a four-day cruise so they wouldn’t be away from their two daughters for too long:
“It’s a nightmare.”
How do you feel about Carnival canceling the nightmare cruise?
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