Carnival Triumph Fire, Carnival Cruise Line Fire in Mexico – February 10, 2013 with over 3,100 passengers aboard, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Triumph had a fire aboard that disabled the cruise ship and left her adrift 150 miles off the coast of Mexico on Sunday February 10, 2013.
Reports say the fire was in the engine room on the morning of February 10, the fire was quickly extinguished and passengers were safe.
Meanwhile, Carnival Corp issued a statement indicating that Carnival Elation arrived on the scene to provide additional passenger and crew supplies that would be needed for the tow into the Port Of Progresso.
Later, reports said Carnival Triumph was being towed into Mobile, Alabama, arriving Thursday February 14. Passengers were given the option of boarding buses in Mobile to Galveston, Texas, or Houston, Texas. They could option for a bus to New Orleans which is located two hours from Mobile. Carnival Corp said it booked 1,500 hotel rooms in Mobile for passengers.
Typically, after this type of ship-wide event takes place, when passengers hit dry land, those with the means take off via their own travel arrangements.
A local news report here in my hometown, says that Carnival Triumph had problems for weeks before this cruise embarked and should have been repaired BEFORE it sailed this voyage.
Carnival Triumph set sail from Galveston, Texas, on Thursday February 7, 2013 for a four-night cruise.
The next two sailings have been canceled and more may be canceled as repairs on the cruise ship take place. Various reports indicate the ship may not sail with passengers again until sometime in April.
The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into the cause.
On the January 28, 2013 sailing, The USCG out of Texas City, Texas reported a mechanical failure saying, “Vessel reported a short in the high voltage connection box of one of the ships generators causing damage to cables within the connection box. The condition of the ship and its equipment shall be maintained to conform with the… ..regulations to ensure that the ship in all respects will remain fit to proceed to sea without danger to the ship or persons on board.”