Carnival Cruise Ship Fire Leaves Guests Adrift in Gulf of Mexico

Carnival Cruise Fire

It seems like cruise ships have had a rough time and it’s only getting worse with the recent fire on another cruise ship.  A Carnival cruise ship caught fire off the Gulf of Mexico carrying 4,200 passengers and including crew.

The Carnival Triumph was about 150 miles off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and was heading back to Galveston, Texas, when the cruise ship fire broke out in an engine room Sunday morning, according to Carnival Cruise Lines. The fire was extinguished with the help of the cruise ship’s automatic fire suppression systems, but the ship is now without propulsion, Carnival said Monday.

While there were no injuries, the cruise ship fire left the ship with 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members adrift.

Toilets are working in some parts of the ship, and elevators are working in spots too, according to the cruise line. Hot coffee and limited hot food service are available to passengers. “Another Carnival ship, the Carnival Elation, is currently on scene and transferring additional food and beverage provisions to the Carnival Triumph. Guests have been supplied with food and refreshments throughout yesterday and this morning and the ship has supplies on board to last until the vessel returns to port,” Carnival said in a statement.

Two tugboats will bring the ship to the closest port, at Progreso, Mexico, scheduled for delivery late February 13, Carnival said. Guests will be flown back to the U.S. on chartered aircraft.

All guests will receive a full refund and credit toward another cruise. The next two voyages of the Triumph, scheduled for February 11 and February 16 have been canceled. Those guests will receive a full refund and 25 percent discount on future cruise bookings.

Carnival Cruise line said in a statement, “Carnival has contacted guests booked on the next voyage … to make them aware of the situation and advise that tomorrow’s voyage will not depart as scheduled. Guests have the option of cancelling now and receiving a full refund or waiting for further information to determine if a shortened, partial voyage may be possible. Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.”

This cruise ship fire comes two years after a fire on Carnival’s 113,000-ton Carnival Splendor, leaving it without power and adrift for days off the coast of Mexico.

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