Carnival Cancels 14 Triumph Cruises After Disaster

Officials with Carnival Cruise Lines announced the cancellation of 14 upcoming voyages with the Carnival Triumph cruise ship after it was immobilized in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday morning.
Two tug boats are pulling the Triumph toward Mobile today with a third expected to join them this evening. The ship is expected to dock at the Alabama Cruise Terminal sometime Thursday.

According to officials, 12 trips planned between Feb. 21 and April 13 had to be cancelled as crews work to fix the beleaguered ship. Carnival previously announced the cancellation of two other trips which were scheduled to leave port on Feb. 11 and Feb. 16.

An engine room fire cut off power to the ship Sunday, leaving it stalled in the Gulf of Mexico before late Monday, when tug boats started pulling the ship back to shore.

Guests with cancelled reservations will receive a full refund for their cruise fare and be reimbursed for transportation costs, pre-paid shore excursions, gratuities and government fees and taxes, officials said. They will also receive discount vouchers for future cruises.

"Carnival sincerely apologizes for this disruption in our guests' vacation plans," the Miami-based company said in a press release.

According to the Carnival webpage, trips on the Triumph can cost thousands of dollars. For a 5-day trip from Galveston with all the fixings -- including a stay in the ultra-luxurious Grand Suite Stateroom -- a couple can expect to pay nearly $2,700. For a couple looking to cruise on the cheap, rooms can be reserved for about $930.

The announcement has received mixed reactions from the public, although a majority of reactions on the Carnival Cruise Lines Facebook page showed support for the company.

"Things happen, especially with machinery," wrote Jill McDonald Simmons, who said her family is in the process of booking a third cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines after having two good experiences.


SOURCE: Theresa Seiger
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