Midday Market Minute: Another Mishap for the Cruise Industry

MEXICO CITY, Feb 10 (Reuters) - The Carnival Triumph, a cruise ship owned by Carnival Corp (CCL) under its Carnival Cruise Lines brand, was adrift 150 miles (241 kilometers) off southern Mexico's Yucatan peninsula on Sunday after a fire that caused no injuries, the company said in a statement.

The engine room fire, which took place in the morning, had been extinguished and the ship was without propulsion, and operating on emergency generator power, the company said.

None of the 3,143 guests nor 1,086 crew were injured, and a tugboat was on its way to drag the vessel to the Mexican port of Progreso, where it was expected to arrive on Wednesday afternoon, Carnival said.

The company said the U.S. Coast Guard had been notified.

Carnival"Another Carnival ship, the Carnival Elation, is currently on scene and transferring additional food and beverage provisions to the Carnival Triumph," the statement said.

In January last year, the Costa Concordia, a 114,500 tonne luxury cruise ship operated by the Carnival Corp-owned Costa Cruises, capsized and sank off the Tuscan island of Giglio in Italy, killing 32 people.

Last month, Costa Cruises said Italian investigators were looking into the vessel owner's potential responsibility for the shipwreck.

The Carnival Triumph set sail from Galveston, Texas, on Thursday, and was due back on Monday Feb. 11.

Carnival said all passengers would receive a refund and "cruise credit equal to the amount paid for this voyage." The ship's next two voyages, scheduled for departure next week, were canceled, the company added.

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With how many cruises going on all the time the occasional problem ones will not change many peoples mind about taking a cruise.

February 12 2013 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm guessing a lot of people are going to say that's why they don't cruise. I've been on Costa, exactly where the other ship sank. I wouldn't do Costa again in Europe because the meals were hit and miss and the Cruise directors thought being Jerry Lewis 24/7 was entertainment. I've been on Carnival a lot and wouldn't think twice about going again. Planes crash, cars crash, trains derail, buildings get blown up, ships sink, Ski Gondolas fall, but all and all, safetly records are pretty damn good, we can't stop living. If this incident scares you, don't go on a cruise, but cruising is the best bang for the buck vacation you can have.

February 12 2013 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's likely to be a rough ride to port. With no engine power there is likely no stabilizer power either. They had better hope for calm seas or keep the dramamine handy.

February 11 2013 at 2:11 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply