Four Months After Nightmare At Sea, Carnival Triumph Set To Sail Again

The tugs Resolve Pioneer and Dabhol tow and steer the 893-foot Carnival Triumph cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico. [U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Chris Shivock.]
A Carnival Cruise Lines ship that spent several days adrift in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine fire has been repaired and will resume cruises from Galveston on Thursday.

Company officials say the nearly 900 ft. Carnival Triumph is departing tomorrow from Galveston on a sold-out cruise to Mexico. The vessel is one of five cruise ships that have been operating out of the Port of Galveston.

Leah Cast, a spokesperson for the Galveston Convention and Visitors Bureau, says that the city has been trying to expand its cruise business, which is still a relatively small part of its tourism industry.

“We don’t feel that the Triumph’s having been gone has affected our plans to grow cruising in Galveston. Of course, the cruise line had a little bit of an impact on their end, but in terms of the cruise line being back, I think in reality it’s  brought more attention on a national scale that people can actually cruise out of Texas, which is a good thing.”

The ship became disabled during a February cruise of the Caribbean. Passengers had to endure cold food, unsanitary conditions, and power outages while the vessel was towed to Mobile, Alabama.

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Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...