Carnival Triumph Remains Stranded in Gulf of Mexico (Update)
Feb. 14, 2013, 9:53 p.m.
The Carnival Triumph remains in the Gulf of Mexico for the fifth day, though the end of the sea-bound portion of the ordeal is almost over. The ship is now expected to reach port in Mobile, Alabama by 8 p.m. ET.
On Wednesday, a third tug boat began to help tow the crippled cruise ship. CNN also reports that the U.S. Coast Guard flew in a generator and other equipment via helicopter to help beleaguered passengers.
Carnival announced further compensation of $500 for each passenger aboard the Triumph. Passengers had already been told they'd be refunded for the cost of their voyage and that they'd receive credit for a future cruise.
Feb. 13, 2013, 2:41 p.m.
As the ill-fated Carnival Triumph slowly makes its way back to land in Mobile, Alabama, the city is readying to deal with thousands of unexpected guests. Huffington Post Travel spoke with David Randel, the president and CEO of the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau, to find out what's going to happen to the thousands of passengers and crew who, judging by reports of conditions aboard the Triumph, will be happy to leave the ship behind.
For now, though, the spotlight remains on the Triumph and Carnival's response to the situation. Cruise Critic Editor-in-Chief writes "the tragedy of Carnival Triumph" will linger in travelers' memories.
Travelers scheduled to sail on the Triumph will need to make new plans as well. Carnival has cancelled all of the ship's voyages through April 13.
Carnival president and CEO Gerry Cahill discussed the situation in a press conference last night. Among the concerns aboard the ship: the appearance of norovirus or another disease outbreak. A former senior officer for Carnival Cruise Lines told USA TODAY that staff members are "probably working double shifts to keep the mess clean and wipe down and sanitize all the common areas."
Feb. 12, 2013, 10:53 a.m.
The Carnival Triumph begins its third day at the mercy of Gulf of Mexico currents and two rescue tug boats, which Carnival president and CEO Gerry Cahill hopes will be able to return the ship, its 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members to Mobile, Alabama by Thursday.
That won't be soon enough for many of those on board, who have seen the conditions aboard the ship deteriorate in the wake of an engine room fire Sunday morning. The fire left the Carnival Triumph with emergency generator power and some auxiliary power, but without propulsion.
One passenger told Fox News that, in the wake of the fire, he's seen water and feces on the floors. ABC News reports that some people are sleeping outside in tents to avoid the stench inside the ship. There are also reports of people waiting hours for food. To help relieve the situation, other ships in the Carnival fleet are reportedly bringing supplies to the Triumph.
Carnival's Cahill released a statement that all guests on the Triumph will be refunded for the cost of their voyage, and they'll also get a future cruise credit.
For more about the situation aboard the Triumph, and reports from passengers aboard the ships, check out the video below.