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Update: Engine Room Fire Aboard Carnival Triumph




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UPDATED February 13, 2013, 6:40 PM ET – More compensation is being given to guests on the disabled Carnival Triumph. Carnival announced today that each guest will receive $500 US Dollars per person.

Carnival’s already promised a full refund for this voyage, transportation expenses and reimbursement of all shipboard purchases during the voyage, with the exception of gift shop, art purchases and casino charges.  Each passenger is also receiving a future cruise credit equal to the price of this sailing.

After suffering a debilitating engine room fire on Sunday and some tough conditions on board, the Carnival Triumph is being towed to Mobile, Alabama by three tug boats with a U.S. Coast Guard escort.

UPDATED February 13, 2013, 2:45 PM ET  –

Carnival announced a third tugboat is en route to assist with the towing of the Carnival Triumph.  The U.S. Coast Guard remains on the scene.

The line also announced the cancellation of an additional 12 voyages for the troubled ship – from February 21st through April 13th. Carnival had previously canceled sailings for February 11th and 16th after an engine room fire left the ship disabled on Sunday.

All guests on those bookings will receive a full refund on their cruise fare and non-refundable travel costs. They’ll also be reimbursed for pre-paid shore excursions, gratuities, and government fees and taxes. In addition, Carnival is offering a 25% discount on three- to five-day cruises or 15% on six- to seven day cruises.

Carnival Triumph is being towed into Mobile, Alabama and expected to arrive on Thursday. Carnival has mobilized approximately 200 people to be on the ground to assist guests upon arrival. Carnival Triumph normally operates four- and five-day cruises from Galveston, Texas.

UPDATED February 11, 2013, 10:10 PM ET –

Earlier on Monday evening, the first of two tugboats arrived to assist the Carnival Triumph. The tug’s been tied up to her and the second tug is expected to arrive very early Tuesday morning.

Carnival also announced the ship will be towed to Mobile, Alabama instead of Progreso, Mexico. Because of strong currents the ship drifted 90 miles north, making it nearly equidistant to both ports. To keep moving with the current and help ease the disembarkation process – especially for the nearly 900 guests on board without a passport – the line made the decision to tow the Carnival Triumph to Mobile.

Carnival Triumph is expected to arrive in Mobile on Thursday, roughly the same time it would have arrived in Progresso based on how far the ship drifted the last 2 days. All guests will be provided transportation once the ship reaches Mobile.

UPDATED  February 11, 2013, 1:25 PM ET –

Still adrift 150 miles off the coast of Mexico, the Carnival Triumph remains without propulsion and operating on emergency power. US Coast Guard cutter Vigorous is currently on site and communicating with the stricken ship. Carnival Triumph is awaiting the arrival of two tugboats to begin the journey to Progreso, Mexico, where she’s expected to arrive late Wednesday.

Since the fire, the ship’s operated on emergency generator power. The technical team onboard successfully restored auxiliary power to some basic hotel functions. Public and cabin toilets are working in some sections of the ship, power’s been restored to a limited number of elevators, and power on Lido deck is providing hot coffee and limited hot food options.

A team of additional technical crew and guest service personnel are en route to the Carnival Triumph and are scheduled to arrive this evening.  Last night, the Carnival Elation rendezvoused with her sister ship to service dinner and supply extra provisions. Carnival Legend is scheduled to repeat that service today.

UPDATED  February 10, 2013, 9:15 PM ET –

After further examination, the technical crew on the Carnival Triumph determined the ship needs to be towed into port. The ship is currently without propulsion and operating on emergency generator power. The tugboat already in route to the disabled ship will tow it into Progreso, Mexico, the closest port to the ship’s current location.

Carnival Triumph is expected into port on Wednesday afternoon. Guests will be disembarked and flown back to the United States from Progreso.

Carnival also dispatched the Carnival Elation to offer assistance to her sister ship. The Carnival Elation is currently on scene and transferring additional food and beverage provisions to the Carnival Triumph.

Carnival Triumph’s next two sailings – Monday, February 11th and Saturday, February 16th – have been officially canceled. Carnival is reaching out to those guests impacted by this decision and offering a full refund, reimbursement for non-refundable travel expenses and a 25 percent discount on a future three to five-day cruise.

All guests currently on board will receive a full refund of the cruise, along with transportation expenses.  In addition, they’ll 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.

By Sarah Phillips: Carnival Triumph is currently operating on emergency power after a fire this morning in the aft engine room while sailing approximately 150 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The fire was extinguished by the ship’s automatic fire extinguishing systems and Carnival is reporting no casualties or injuries to crew or passengers. The ship also lost propulsion as a result of the fire.

The ship’s technical crews are working to restore power. Carnival’s notified the appropriate authorities, including the US Coast Guard and dispatched a tug boat to the liner in the event it’s needed.

On a 4-day sailing from Galveston that left last Thursday, the ship was due back in port Monday morning. All 3,143 guests are hanging out in the public areas and open decks and being provided with food and refreshments.

All current guests on board will be refunded for the cost of the cruise, including gratuities and transportation expenses. Guests scheduled to sail tomorrow have already been contacted by Carnival and can either receive a full refund for their sailing or wait for further info to see if a shortened, partial voyage is possible.

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Carnival has already contacted the emergency contacts listed for all guests on board. If you have a loved on board, you can call Carnival at 1-888-290-5095 or 305-406-5534.



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Fate of the Carnival Triumph Revealed



With Carnival Cruise Line execs routinely speaking about reducing the size of their fleet and little known about the Carnival Triumph’s future itineraries, some fans worried the ship might be on its way out. But fans of the Triumph can relax, as it was announced today that the ship will be sailing a variety of itineraries from three different ports… including a 2019 stay in New York City.

Carnival Triumph Hits Numerous Ports

The Triumph, which joined the fleet in 1999, will take on an exciting new slate of sailings during the 2019-20 season, immediately after undergoing a major refurbishment that will see her receiving a variety of new venues to compliment the ones she already has, which include the always-popular Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Cantina Tequila Bar and Alchemy Bar. The new itineraries will see her sailing from New York, Fort Lauderdale and Norfolk.

Exciting News For New York Homeporters

Perhaps most exciting to New Yorkers will be the return of shorter voyages from the port. The Carnival Triumph will sail four-day cruises to Bermuda in 2019 — being billed as “long weekends” — on May 23, June 20, July 18, August 15 and September 12. For those wanting to trade The Big Apple for Bermuda a few days longer, the ship will sail a six-day Bermuda trip on June 24, 2019. That trip will include a two-night stay in Bermuda. And on June 24, 2019, the Triumph will sail an 8-day cruise out of NYC that will include two nights on Bermuda and a visit to Grand Turk.

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For those wanting to go North instead of South, Carnival will also offer three 7-day cruises — departing on September 22, September 29 and October 6 of 2019 — visiting New England and the Canadian Maritimes.

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Finally, the New York City sailings will offer 8- and 10-day options, as well as a 14-day Carnival Journeys cruise departing May 27, 2019, and visiting the Panama Canal, Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Costa Rica and Half Moon Cay.

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The Carnival Triumph will also sail out of Fort Lauderdale in 2019, doing 4- and 5-day cruises in April before heading to New York, and then picking up these itineraries again from November 2019 (after completing her Big Apple trips) until April 2020. In fact, at this point, Carnival is the only cruise line slated to offer a short-cruise itinerary from Fort Lauderdale, which should prove wildly appealing to the ever-growing population of people looking to take a cruise, but not necessarily having a week or more to commit. The 4-day sailings will depart on Thursdays and visit Nassau as well as either Half Moon or Princess Cay. The 5-day trips will depart on Mondays and swing by Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman.

Triumph’s Trip To Norfolk

Finally, the Carnival Triumph will also sail 5- and 6-day cruises to the Bahamas out of Norfolk, Virginia during May and October of 2019.

“We’re delighted to offer this unique schedule on Carnival Triumph,” says Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy of the ship’s port-hopping slate of itineraries. “With such an array of cruise choices, vacationers have the opportunity to enjoy short, value-packed getaways to tropical destinations [or] longer-length departures visiting spectacular ports of call!”

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Carnival Cruise Line Returns to St. Maarten



Carnival Cruise Line has marked their return to St. Maarten, four months after the island was devastated by hurricanes. Earlier today, Carnival Sunshine was the first in the fleet to return to the nation with a day-long call there.

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The visit is the first of dozens of port calls by Carnival ships to the Caribbean destination in the coming weeks.

Over 3,000 passengers onboard enjoyed a variety of shore excursions, as well as St. Maarten’s world-class beaches and shopping and dining in downtown Philipsburg.

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Carnival Cruise Ship Gets Major Makeover



It’s not every day that a girl turns 18. But since the Carnival Victory — launched in October of 2000 — is hitting that milestone this year, she’s about to get a very special present in the form of a major makeover. By the time the ship emerges from a scheduled 17-day drydock, she’ll have a whole slew of new features sure to make her popular among those looking to do short cruises out of Miami!

Big Changes For The Carnival Victory

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Popular Guy’s Burger Joint was added during the refit.

Having quietly slipped away for a rejuvenating dry dock visit on January 4th, the Carnival Victory will remain in seclusion until January 21st, when she’ll make her triumphant return to Miami, ready to once again receive guests. (And where better to spend her downtime than in Freeport, Bahamas?) When the Victory returns to service, changes will be made to nearly every aspect of the ship, including the addition of several new venues and even stateroom categories.

So what are the highlights of the Carnival Victory’s refurb? As big fans of Guy’s Burger Joint, we’re going to put the addition of that venue at the top of the list. When you’re hanging out by the pool and want a little something to munch on — but don’t feel like getting dressed to hit the buffet — there’s nothing better than one of these burgers with a side of fries.

In fact, a lot of the Victory‘s improvements can be found poolside, and they are venues which have proved crazy popular on other ships. The RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Cantina and BlueIguana Tequila Bar will all be serving up food and drinks to sunworshippers once the ship returns to service at the end of January.

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But don’t worry… eating al fresco won’t be the only new option available to passengers. The ship will also add a Bonsai Sushi Express, a great grab-and-go option for fresh sushi, sashimi, rolls and more. The ship’s deli is also getting an upgrade, with a whole new look and seven new sandwiches on the menu. And you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to Cherry On Top, the perfect place to not only stock up on candies but (if you’re feeling generous) pick up a unique gift for the folks back home.

New Stateroom Categories

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As part of the dry dock, several new stateroom categories will also be added to the Carnival Victory. Among them will be the 260-square-foot Scenic Ocean View cabins and 320-square-foot Scenic Ocean View staterooms. But if you really wanna live a little, check out the Captain’s Suite. This 820-square-foot space includes two full-sized bathrooms, a big living room and an extended balcony.

Once out of dry dock, the Carnival Victory will return to Miami and again sail 3- and 4-day cruises. The three days sailings depart on Friday and call upon Nassau, while the four-day trips go to Key West and Cozumel or Nassau as well as the line’s private island, Half Moon Cay.

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