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Cruise ship adrift with 4200 on board

February 12, 2013, 9:01 amAP

Passengers aboard a cruise vessel stranded in the Gulf of Mexico had limited access to hot coffee, food and bathrooms on Monday as they waited for two tugboats to arrive to tow them to Mexico, Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement.

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Passengers aboard a cruise vessel stranded in the Gulf of Mexico had limited access to hot coffee, food and bathrooms on Monday as they waited for two tugboats to arrive to tow them to Mexico, Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement.

The Carnival Triumph has been floating aimlessly about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula since a fire erupted in the aft engine room early Sunday, knocking out the ship's propulsion system. No one was injured and the fire was extinguished. The ship has been operating on back-up generator power since the incident, the statement said.

The ship, which left Galveston, Texas, on Thursday and was scheduled to return there Monday, will instead be towed to Progreso, Mexico, and the 3,143 passengers on board will fly back to the United States. There are also 1,086 crew members aboard the ship. They are to arrive in Mexico on Wednesday.

A file photo of the MS Carnival Triumph departing New York harbour on her inaugural voyage in 1999


The tugboats are expected to arrive later Monday, Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said in an email. One is coming from Mobile, Ala., and a second is from Mexico, he said.

Carlos Vega, a spokesman with the U.S. Coast Guard, said Mexican authorities have been informed of the situation in their waters.

"The Coast Guard has touched base with them and informed them but other than that there hasn't been any other action," Vega said.

Another Carnival cruise, the Elation, rendezvoused with the stranded vessel on Sunday, supplying Triumph passengers with dinner and extra supplies. Another Carnival cruise, the Legend, is scheduled to do the same later Monday, the statement said.

Family members waiting for relatives to arrive home Monday were informed by Carnival about the situation. Some, like Melinda Ramos, said her father was laughing when he briefly called to update her on the situation.

"He might be completely joking, but he said they're sleeping in tents outside," the 19-year-old daughter of Mary and Matt Ramos told The Houston Chronicle.

But Brent Nutt, of Angleton, Texas, said his wife Bethany was crying when they spoke.

"They have no running water. They have no way to use the bathroom," Nutt told KTRK-TV in Houston.

A similar situation occurred on a Carnival cruise ship in November 2010. That vessel was also stranded for three days with 4,500 people aboard after a fire in the engine room. When the passengers disembarked in San Diego they described a nightmarish three days in the Pacific with limited food, power and bathroom access.

Carnival said in a statement that it had cancelled the Triumph's next two voyages scheduled to depart Monday and Saturday. Passengers aboard the stranded ship will also receive a full refund, the statement said.

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  1. RNQ11:40am Wednesday 13th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    i was a young teenager when we escaped to freedom out there on the seas for weeks, we were not on a huge ship like the one you see.....and we didnt have any luxury, actualy no food, very little water every day just enough to survive, we had to even drink urine while its still hot. !!! man, you guys know nothing how hard its out there like we do. not to mention pirates...they took away all our valuables and raped the women on board, lucky they didnt kill any one of us.........i still can see the image of the big ugly, mean looking pirate now when i close my eyes. i feel sory for those on the cruise ship, atleast they know they are getting help and where they are heading to....we werent.

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  2. Martine B08:55am Wednesday 13th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    To "comments": don' t get it: never been on a cruise, but you call passengers "little rich", then, they "travel on the cheap"..... Can you make up your mind? Also, looked at the cost of a cruise: seems much cheaper than a holiday in Europe (where "everyone" goes)......... What' s your problem? How would you like something destroying your ever big "BBQ day"? You' re full of spite; live with it.

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  3. Roamer11:35pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Poor little diddums! they had to go without their luxuries for a while. How on earth are they going to get over it? Get a life and think how half the world has to put up with that every day!!! Okay so they payed for it! Big deal!!

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  4. elohimanahera08:34pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    that is a very old photo...the twin towers are in the background...just arrive safely everyone.... :)

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  5. Ln07:18pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    more boat people

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  6. Rozanne Fyfe06:31pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Well well the poor little rich people,i can think of other people who put up with this every day.

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  7. blossom05:31pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    thats what you get traveling on the cheap Go Cunard all the time no issues there!!!

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  8. Adrian T04:09pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Toughen up: " Brent Nutt, of Angleton, Texas, said his wife Bethany was crying when they spoke. "They have no running water. They have no way to use the bathroom," Well damn thats life, some people live without those basic facilities daily for their entire lives what a spoilt precious petulant little ship of souls they are. Like Roger said I dont get the point of a cruise. whats the point of it sit around in a floating gin palace be waited on playing bridge and chequers

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  9. Michael02:22pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Suppose we'll get all the sob stories, but really, these things happen, all part of the fun.

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  10. Angry Christian01:58pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I'd easily swim back to Texas in this situation. With God nothing is impossible.

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