Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Global Impact: Update--"Carnival Triumph" Now Being Towed to Mobile, AL

As a follow-up to my posting of yesterday (February 11) concerning the engine room fire aboard the "carnival Triumph," the 900-foot mega-ship carrying 4,200 souls in the Gulf of México, the cruise-line has now decided to tow the ship to Mobile, AL considering that 900 passengers left the Continental US without a passport.

COMMENT: Tip # 1: NEVER leave the US without a valid passport, as you never know when your mode of travel is going to break-down and you end up someplace else, other than your point of embarkation.

Inasmuch as the vessel drifted north by as much as 90 miles, as a result of strong currents,  the ship is now equidistant to Mobile. Alabama. Thus, the "Carnival Triumph" will now arrive in Mobile some time on Thursday, about the same time it would have arrived in the Port of Progreso.

At the moment, the on-board sewage system has been restored to the forward section, but was still down in the aft portion. There is no indication the propulsion system will be restored. The US Coast Guard cutter "Vigorous" has been on the scene since Monday.

After being confined to open decks and public spaces, the 3,143 passengers on the now-altered four-night Caribbean cruise from Galveston, have been allowed return to their cabins.

Passengers on the current voyage will receive a full refund inclusive of gratuities and any transportation expenses. In addition, they will receive a future cruise credit equal to the amount paid for this voyage as well as reimbursement of all shipboard purchases during the voyage, with the exception of gift shop and casino charges.

Passengers scheduled to sail on either of the canceled cruises will receive full refunds, reimbursement for nonrefundable travel expenses and a 25% discount on a future three- to five-day cruise.