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« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2013, 06:22:58 PM »

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/20/us-carnival-triumph-classaction-idUSBRE91J1DK20130220
Triumph passengers bring class action against Carnival
February 20, 2013

(Reuters) - The owner of the stricken Carnival Triumph cruise ship was hit by a lawsuit seeking class action status for stranding more than 3,000 passengers for five days on a ship without electricity or adequate sanitation.

Carnival Corp should be held liable for physical and emotional anguish inflicted on the passengers as well as punitive damages, according to the lawsuit by Matt and Melissa Crusan. The lawsuit was filed on Monday in U.S. federal court in Miami.
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The lawsuit alleged the world's largest cruise company failed to provide a seaworthy ship. In addition, "motivated solely by financial gain" Carnival negligently brought the Triumph to Mobile, where it would be repaired, rather than a closer Mexican port. That decision extended the trip by 350 miles, the plaintiffs said.

Passengers were exposed to disease as sewage and "human waste sloshed around the vessel as the vessel listed while drifting and/or while under tow," according to the lawsuit.
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The complaint said that the Triumph ticket limits passengers' rights to bring a class action, but that provision should be voided by Carnival's negligence in using an unseaworthy vessel and not towing the ship to the nearest port.

Carnival has offered Triumph passengers $500, reimbursement for their transportation and many onboard costs, and given them a credit toward a future cruise equal to the amount they paid for the Triumph vacation.

Jim Walker, who specializes in representing cruise ship passengers, told Reuters last week that the compensation offer was probably more than Triumph passengers would likely win in court. Walker is not involved in this suit and said he is unlikely to bring a case.

The class action lawsuit, which was filed by the Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman law firm in Miami, is at least the second by a Triumph passenger. On Friday, Cassie Terry of Brazoria County, Texas sued Carnival.
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« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2013, 12:05:41 AM »

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/25/business/many-cruise-ship-lack-backup-power-systems-vexing-regulators.html?partner=yahoofinance
Lack of Backup Power Puts Cruise Passengers at the Ocean’s Mercy
February 24, 2013

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« Reply #22 on: March 11, 2013, 01:47:07 PM »

http://www2.wkrg.com/news/2013/mar/01/carnival-triumph-has-been-billed-ar-5708149/
City of Mobile Bills Carnival Triumph
March 1, 2013

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« Reply #23 on: March 11, 2013, 01:48:26 PM »

http://www.travelweekly.com/Mark-Pestronk/For-Carnival-Triumph-passengers-three-obstacles-to-recovery/
For Carnival Triumph passengers, three obstacles to recovery
March 6, 2013
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« Reply #24 on: March 12, 2013, 01:58:22 PM »

http://blogs.lawyers.com/2013/03/nightmare-cruise-not-the-first-carnival-debacle/
Nightmare Cruise Not the First Carnival Debacle
March 11, 2013

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« Reply #25 on: March 12, 2013, 02:01:30 PM »

http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=5251
Live From CSM: Triumph Fire Tops CEO Panel Chat at World's Biggest Cruise Event
March 12, 2013

(Miami: 12:45 p.m. EST) -- Cruise Shipping Miami, the industry's annual mega-event where experts gather to discuss trends, new products and emerging markets, kicked off Tuesday with an executive panel discussion on safety -- and specifically Carnival Triumph.

Gerry Cahill, president and C.E.O. of Carnival Cruise Lines, fielded the first question of the day, which, naturally, focused on Triumph, the ship that was towed to Mobile, Alabama, after an engine room fire disabled it in February.
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« Reply #26 on: March 12, 2013, 02:03:01 PM »

http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/Carnival-launches-review-of-Triumph-fire/
Carnival launches review of Triumph fire
March 12, 2013

MIAMI BEACH — Carnival Cruise Lines has launched a comprehensive review of its fleet to address problems that surfaced in the engine-room fire on Carnival Triumph.

Speaking at the Cruise Shipping Miami conference, Carnival President Gerry Cahill said Carnival will focus on three areas: prevention and detection of fires; engine-room redundancy; and whether additional hotel facilities could be run off emergency generators.

Cahill said the review draws on personnel at Carnival Cruise lines and from sister lines within Carnival Corp., shipyards, engine manufacturers, classification societies and electrical-equipment manufacturers.

There are four groups working on the review, based in Mobile, Ala.; Miami, Southampton, England; and Trieste, Italy, Cahill said.
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« Reply #27 on: March 14, 2013, 04:29:57 PM »

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/14/3285814/carnival-triumph-passengers-file.html
Carnival Triumph passengers file federal lawsuit
March 14, 2013

DALLAS -- A federal lawsuit has been filed seeking damages for 17 people who were passengers last month on the crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship.

The plaintiffs in the suit filed Thursday are all Texas residents who claim they were physically harmed and fearful for their lives. The ship cruises out of the Port of Galveston.

The suit is at least the fourth to be filed against Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines. More...
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« Reply #28 on: March 14, 2013, 06:05:40 PM »

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/14/power-outages-overflowing-toilets-reportedly-plague-another-carnival-cruise/
New Carnival nightmare: Passengers being flown home from troubled cruise
March 14, 2013

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A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Carnival Corp. following last month’s fire in an engine room that crippled the Carnival Triumph, leaving more than 4,200 passengers without power or working toilets for five days.

A Coast Guard official said a leak in a fuel oil return line caused the fire that disabled the massive 14-story vessel.

Cruise industry expert Andrew Coggins, a former Navy commander who is now a professor at Pace University in New York, said the fire could potentially have been serious.

"The problem is the oil's under pressure," he told the Associated Press. "What happens in the case of a fuel oil leak where you have a fire like that is it leaks in such a way that it sprays out in a mist. In the engine room you have many hot surfaces, so once the mist hits a hot surface it will flash into flame."

Carnival's latest incident, meanwhile, highlights the "inherent vulnerabilities" of taking a cruise, Miami-based maritime attorney Robert Peltz told FoxNews.com.

"Fortunately this latest incident occurred close to a port, but it does underscore the inherent vulnerabilities of cruise ship travel," Peltz said in a statement. "When a ship loses power while at sea, its passengers and crew are at severe risk for injury or death. Far too often, ships left without power are left at the mercy of unstable currents and unpredictable weather. The cruise industry needs to go beyond lip service and take meaningful steps to ensure this dangerous problem does not  continue to keep occurring."
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« Reply #29 on: March 20, 2013, 07:09:08 PM »

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/18/17006526-coast-guard-finds-fuel-leak-caused-engine-fire-on-carnival-triumph?lite
Coast Guard finds fuel leak caused engine fire on Carnival Triumph
March 18, 2013

The cause of the engine fire that left the cruise ship Carnival Triumph without power for five days was a leak in a fuel oil return line that sprayed onto a hot surface, the Coast Guard announced Monday.
Lt. Cmdr. Teresa Hatfield, head of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Casualty Investigation Team, said the oil caught fire when it made contact with the hot surface. She said the suppression system kicked on immediately and that the ship’s crew “did a very good job” in responding.
 The fire is not suspected to have been caused intentionally.
During a teleconference with reporters Monday, Hatfield said the damage was contained to a relatively small area of the engine room. But because the oil burned at such a high temperature, crew members had to close off the room and could not immediately put out the blaze.
Hatfield deferred questions about when the fuel oil return lines were last inspected or why the damage had been so severe, saying only that the investigation is ongoing.
The Coast Guard has been with the vessel since it docked in Mobile, Ala., on Thursday and is conducting interviews with both passengers and crew. The service expects to complete the onsite investigation by the end of the week.
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« Reply #30 on: March 20, 2013, 07:11:53 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/carnival-cruise-lines-cancels-dozen-trips/story?id=18771670
Carnival Cruise Lines Cancels a Dozen Trips
March 20, 2013

After more than a month of mishaps, Carnival Corp., the parent company of Carnival Cruise Lines, has announced the cancellation of more cruises.

The cruise line will cancel an additional 10 cruises on the Carnival Triumph and two on the Carnival Sunshine.

he cruise line said in a statement that the additional cancellation of cruises was the "first implementation phase of its fleetwide comprehensive operational review."

Carnival CEO Gerry Cahill first announced the plan for a fleet-wide review at a cruise industry event in Miami last week, after a fire on the Triumph ship and just days before the Dream and Legend incidents that disrupted more vacations.

The 10 additional cruises canceled by Carnival affect itineraries through May. It will return to service, the cruise line said, on June 3. Guests on the affected voyages will receive a full refund, reimbursement for non-refundable transportation costs and a 25 percent discount on a future four- to five-day cruise.

Carnival Sunshine is in a previously scheduled dry dock for a full-ship makeover. It will now enter service May 5, 2013, following the cancellation of two European cruises. Guests on the canceled Carnival Sunshine voyages will receive a full refund, plus reimbursement for any non-refundable travel costs. Additionally, they will receive a 25 percent discount on a future cruise.
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It was the Carnival Triumph engine fire and subsequent stranding of passengers at sea for five days that kicked off a series of events for the cruise line. Next it was the Carnival Elation, which had an issue with one of the two units used to steer the ship, prompting the cruise line to give it a tug boat escort down the Mississippi River.

Next, the Carnival Dream lost power in port on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, requiring all passengers to be flown home rather than completing their itinerary.

Finally, the Carnival Legend had a technical problem that prevented it from cruising at its optimal speed and causing passengers to miss one port of call.
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« Reply #31 on: April 03, 2013, 04:32:24 PM »

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/04/03/carnival-triumph-breaks-loose-mobile/2050345/
Carnival Triumph breaks free in Ala. port
April 3, 2013

Cruise ship damaged while being repaired after notorious February breakdown.

The star-crossed Carnival Triumph broke loose Wednesday from its moorings in Mobile, Ala., where the 14-story ship was being repaired after its notorious nightmare cruise in February.

There were unconfirmed reports that workers may have been thrown into the water about 2 p.m.

Carnival said that strong winds caused to break its moorings. "The ship drifted and is currently resting against a cargo vessel," the company's statement said.
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The 900-foot-long ship suffered a hole on the right side of the stern, WKRG-TV reported. The Mobile Press-Register says that the bow also appears to be damaged.
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« Reply #32 on: April 03, 2013, 09:18:16 PM »

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/03/travel/carnival-triumph-adrift/index.html
Carnival Triumph secured after breaking loose from dock; man reported missing
April 3, 2013

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The Triumph, which was adrift for several hours, was secured at a dock at the Alabama Cruise Terminal on Wednesday night, officials said. Tugboats will remain next to ship as as precaution, Carnival said.
Carnival spokeswoman Joyce Oliva said all of the company's crew members and contractors on the ship have been accounted for.
Wind gusts reached 66 mph Wednesday at nearby Brookley Field, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile, though a Carnival statement said the winds exceeded 70 mph.
The Triumph has been at BAE Shipyard in the Port of Mobile since an engine fire in February left the cruise ship crippled and adrift in the Gulf of Mexico with more than 4,200 people aboard. For four days, tugboats guided the disabled ship into the port as passengers complained about miserable conditions on board.
On Wednesday, it drifted across the shipyard after breaking free. Tugboats kept it from drifting farther down river, the Coast Guard said.
CNN affiliate WKRG reported the cruise ship had a hole on the right side of the stern; Carnival said an initial inspection found limited damage.
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Wednesday's incident was the latest in several headline-making issues for one of the world's leading cruise lines. Four of the company's 23 ships have had problems in recent months.
The cruise line has offered affected passengers refunds and discounts on future cruises.
It faces a class-action lawsuit related to the Triumph's last cruise, when passengers reported that food was scarce, cruise goers sweltered in the heat with no air conditioning, toilets overflowed and human waste ran down the walls in some parts of the ship.
The problems have also prompted one U.S. lawmaker to propose a "Cruise Ship Passenger Bill of Rights."
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, said he was asking the cruise industry to voluntarily sign on to a list of guidelines, including the right to backup power if generators fail and the right to disembark a docked ship "if basic provisions cannot adequately be provided on board."
He also called on the International Maritime Organization to investigate whether cruise lines are following existing guidelines, and whether existing standards are being enforced by countries where cruise ships that serve U.S. passengers are based.
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« Reply #33 on: April 10, 2013, 08:59:29 AM »

http://www.chron.com/business/article/Carnival-offers-Motel-6-price-for-Caribbean-after-4423183.php
Carnival offers Motel 6 price for Caribbean after Triumph
April 10, 2013

arnival Corp. (CCL) is offering a Caribbean cruise for as little as $38 a night, less than a stay at Motel 6, after an engine fire on the Triumph stranded passengers at sea for several days.

A four-night trip on Carnival's Inspiration, leaving Miami on April 22, costs $149 a person, including meals and some beverages, according to the cruise company's website yesterday. The lowest nightly rate at the budget-priced Motel 6 chain was $39.99, according to an online ad.

Carnival, based in Miami, generated headlines worldwide in February after the engine fire on the Triumph left 3,100 passengers at sea for several days with limited food and toilet service. The ship broke loose from its moorings in high winds last week in Mobile, Alabama, where it is being repaired.

"The prices did go down," said Manny Lubian, president of Futura Travel Inc. in Miami. "An empty ship doesn't make as much money. They'd rather have bodies in them, buying drinks and spending money."
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Vance Gulliksen, a spokesman for the world's largest cruise operator, declined to comment on pricing. The Inspiration's four-night itinerary includes stops in Key West, Florida, and Cozumel, Mexico, according to the website.

The week was expected to be slow, following spring break in the U.S. and tax season, Lubian said.

Immediately after the fire, cruises on the Triumph were offered as low as $319 a person for four nights, or $80 a night, after its return to service later this year. Today, the lowest advertised price for a five-night trip on the Triumph out of Galveston, Texas, with stops in Cozumel and the Yucatan, was $289, or $58 a night, for an Oct. 7 departure.

The $149 fare on the Inspiration is nonrefundable and based on two travelers, according to the website. Government fees and taxes bring the total to $454 for two.
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« Reply #34 on: April 12, 2013, 08:58:44 PM »

http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/Carnival-No-reimbursement-to-US-for-disabled-ship-4430791.php
Carnival: No reimbursement to US for disabled ship
April 12, 2013

MIAMI (AP) — Carnival Corp. says all maritime interests must assist without question those in trouble at sea, a duty that would not include reimbursing the U.S. government nearly $780,000 for costs associated with the rescue of the crippled Triumph cruise ship.

Carnival released letters Friday replying to an inquiry by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, about the Triumph stranding and the cruise line's overall safety record. Among Rockefeller's questions was whether Carnival would repay the government for Coast Guard costs in the Triumph case as well as $3.4 million to the Coast Guard and Navy from the 2010 stranding of the Carnival Splendor in the Pacific Ocean.

"These costs must ultimately be borne by federal taxpayers," Rockefeller said in his March letter, adding that Carnival appears to pay little or no federal income taxes.

In response, Carnival said its policy is to "honor maritime tradition that holds that the duty to render assistance at sea to those in need is a universal obligation of the entire maritime community." The cruise line noted that its ships frequently participate in rescues at the Coast Guard's request, including 11 times in the past year in Florida and Caribbean waters. It did not make direct reference to repaying any money.

In a statement, Rockefeller called the response "shameful" and that he is considering "all options to hold the industry to higher passenger safety standards."

Those options could include a congressional hearing and legislation, perhaps even a closer look at taxation. Rockefeller's letter asked Carnival whether the money it pays in taxes covers the costs of various federal benefits it receives, a question the cruise line again did not directly answer. It did mention port taxes and fees and other payments and said it paid $16.5 billion in wages to U.S. workers in 2011.

"Every state where our ships call or home port benefits from the dollars spent by cruise lines to buy products and retain services from local businesses," Carnival added.

The exchange marked the latest chapter in the saga of the Triumph, which was disabled by an engine fire during a cruise in February in the Gulf of Mexico. Thousands of passengers and crew had to endure five days at sea with no power and under squalid conditions while the 900-foot vessel was towed to Mobile, Ala., where it continues to undergo repairs.

Rockefeller had asked Carnival for details about 90 incidents aboard its ships that were filed with the Coast Guard in the past five years. Carnival responded that 83 were not considered serious under federal regulations. Three were the Triumph and Splendor mishaps and the capsizing of the Costa Concordia off Italy's coast, which killed 32 people in January 2012. The others were more minor ship collisions, an illness and one passenger who jumped off a ship.
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« Reply #35 on: April 20, 2013, 02:02:30 PM »

http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2013/04/19/carnival-cancels-triumph-sailings/2096197/
Carnival cancels more Triumph sailings after mishap
April 19, 2013

The latest mishap on the Carnival Triumph has resulted in the cancellation of two more sailings.

Carnival says voyages scheduled for June 3 and June 8 have been eliminated so the 2,758-passenger vessel can spend 10 more days undergoing repairs.

The beleaguered cruise ship suffered a 20-foot-long gash on April 3 when it broke free from its moorings at a shipyard in Mobile, Ala. during a fierce storm. The damage occurred as the vessel was undergoing repairs following a much-publicized fire in February.

Carnival originally said the new damage to the ship was limited.
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Carnival now has cancelled 26 voyages on the Carnival Triumph since the February fire, which knocked out the ship's main power and left it dead in the water.

Carnival says passengers on the two newly cancelled Triumph sailings will receive a full refund, reimbursement for travel expenses and a future cruise discount of 25% of the amount paid for the sailing.

Carnival also announced that it will be moving the Carnival Triumph from Mobile to a repair yard in the Bahamas for the completion of repair work.
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« Reply #36 on: April 25, 2013, 11:48:01 AM »

http://seattletimes.com/html/travel/2020844874_carnivaltriumphxml.
Carnival Triumph to cruise again in June after repairs, upgrades
Cruise ship was overhauled after being adrift for days in the Gulf of Mexico with more than 4,000 miserable passengers and crew aboard.

April 23, 2013

Four months after an engine fire left it adrift in misery for days, Carnival Triumph is scheduled to return to sea on June 3. First, though, it’s going to have to be treated for a gash in its starboard aft side.

It’s as though this ship were cursed. A few weeks ago, hurricane-force winds hit Mobile, Ala., tearing the Triumph off its moorings and ripping its side. A rigging worker fell into the water and died.

Triumph, which first sailed in 1999, was in Mobile for a Carnival fleetwide comprehensive overhaul “bolstering these ships’ emergency generator power capabilities, strengthening protections surrounding key electrical systems and rerouting electrical cabling to provide greater protection and help ensure power redundancy,” according to Carnival spokeswoman Aly Bello.

The overhaul follows February’s Triumph episode — which left passengers without working toilets, lights, hot water, elevators, air conditioning and the usual vast array of food — and propulsion problems experienced by several other Carnival ships.
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Misadventures at sea are rare, but Carnival’s travails serve as a reminder that with cruises, as with flights or, really, any kind of travel, things can go wrong, and it’s good to be prepared. Regardless of how you travel, here are just a few things you can do to make sure that if something does go wrong — whether it’s being stuck in an airport, on a ship or in a hotel that’s suddenly been quarantined because of a flu outbreak — you’ll be in better shape to cope:

1. Take along more doses of your medication than you expect to need. It’s a weeklong trip? Take two weeks worth of meds.

2. You’ve provided for the baby-sitting of your kids for the length of your trip. Have a backup plan in case you don’t get home on time.

3. If, instead, you took your still-in-diapers child along with you, make sure you take along more diapers than you think you’ll need. (You do this everywhere you take your baby, right? Because you should.)

4. It doesn’t hurt to throw a handful of granola bars into your carry-on for a rainy day. Same goes for a few bottles of water, within the rules of whatever mode of transportation you’re taking.

5. Have more than one means of communicating. Take your phone along with a Wi-Fi device that allows faster typing than a phone. If you’re on a ship, keep your phone in airplane mode while you’re onboard to avoid enormous roaming charges, but if you’re in a bad way and need to enable your phone, you’ll have it. Charge your devices every chance you get.

6. Bring a couple of books (or fill your electronic reader with books; their charge typically lasts for days), and take along a deck of cards.

7. Bring hand sanitizer, a tiny flashlight, a small first-aid kit and antacids. This is just smart packing for any trip, let alone one that could leave you adrift a sea.

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« Reply #37 on: April 25, 2013, 11:51:10 AM »

http://www.local15tv.com/news/local/story/Carnival-Triumph-Evacuated-Crew-Lodged-at-Civic/42Bw43RuVkaSu2-QwHGxYA.cspx
Carnival Triumph Evacuated, Crew Lodged at Civic Center
April 24, 2013

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Update: Crew members have returned to the Carnival Triumph after being forced to leave the ship as a precaution following Wednesday night's barge explosions in the Mobile River.

Approximately 800 crew members were initially told they would be accommodated at the Convention Center, but ended up at the Civic Center.
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« Reply #38 on: April 25, 2013, 11:56:43 AM »

http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=5328
Carnival Triumph Evacuated Due to Nearby Fires
April 25, 2013

(9:57 a.m. EDT) -- Repair crew staying aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Triumph were evacuated last night after a major fire broke out on two fuel barges near Mobile. Firefighters say the fire has little chance of spreading to Triumph.

According to a Miami Herald report, Carnival Triumph is located across the river from the fire, a distance of about two football fields.

All workers were cleared to return to the ship earlier this morning, Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen told Cruise Critic, adding that the repair schedule for the ship remains unchanged. Carnival Triumph is scheduled to return to service June 13.
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« Reply #39 on: June 12, 2013, 07:58:35 AM »

http://www.khou.com/news/local/Carnival-Triumph-back-in-Galveston-first-two-voyages-sold-out-211145311.html
Carnival Triumph back in Galveston, first two voyages sold out
June 11, 2013

GALVESTON – Carnival Triumph is back in Galveston for the first time since February.
You might recall accounts of the “nightmare” cruise in the Gulf of Mexico.  An engine room fire left thousands of passengers stranded on the ship without electricity or working toilets.
Triumph is now scheduled to be back at sea.
Its four-day cruise, which is scheduled to set sail on Thursday, is completely sold out. The five-day cruise scheduled to take off on Monday is also booked solid.
 
Triumph’s hiatus has been a blow to Galveston’s economy. As it repaired its reputation and its ship, Carnival had cancelled 14 other sailings on the Triumph.
Port Officials estimated a loss of $700,000 in revenue.
 
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