In this US Coast Guard photo, tugs are visible ahead and behind the Carnival Triumph, as they tow the disabled ship to Mobile, AL (image by Chris Shivock, USCG via Getty Images)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- In a post on Carnival.com, the cruise line announced the cancellation of a number of cruises scheduled for the Carnival Triumph, following a weekend fire in the engine room.
The fire completely disabled the 893 foot long cruise liner, leaving the ship, and its' combined population of over 4,000 passengers and crew, without propulsion, electricity, or running water for days.
Carnival CEO Gerry Cahill told USA Today's Gene Sloan that the ship had partial restoration of power to the ship's fresh water system, and most of the public restrooms were working Tuesday.
The Triumph had been scheduled for 14 sailings between February 11th and April 13, and all have been cancelled due to repairs.
Carnival is offering guests booked on those sail dates a full refund of all associated expenses, including non-refundable transportation costs, pre-paid excursions, and government fees and taxes. In addition, Carnival is offering a discount on a future cruise.
Currently (as of this writing at 2:45p, Wednesday) the Triumph is under tow by the U.S. Coast Guard headed for Mobile, Alabama, and is expected to arrive in Mobile sometime Thursday. Upon arrival, Carnival states they have rented hotel rooms and chartered 30 airplanes to take care of passengers on arrival in Alabama.
The Triumph runs a regular schedule of four and five day cruises from Galveston, TX.