Carnival Cruise Ship Drifts Off Mexico Following Engine Room Fire

Published Feb 11, 2013 3:50 PM by The Maritime Executive

The U.S. Coast Guard is maintaining communication with a cruise ship that has lost main propulsion and is dead in the water approximately 136 miles north of Merida, Mexico Sunday.

The Carnival cruise ship Triumph reported a fire in the aft engine room. Cruise ship personnel isolated and extinguished the engine room fire.  No injuries have been reported.

The ship is operating on emergency power and is receiving supplies from another Carnival cruise ship, the Elation, on scene. Tug boats have been dispatched to assist the disabled ship to Mexico’s Port of Progreso.

The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous has been diverted to provide assistance if needed and is scheduled to arrive early Monday morning.

There is a total of 4,230 passengers and crew aboard the Carnival Triumph. The luxury vessel set sail from Galveston, Texas, on Thursday, and was due back today. Carnival said in a statement that 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 also cancelled.