2013 Travel Year In Review: Carnival Megaliner Drifts

Among the newsmakers in the travel industry in 2013 were a Carnival Cruise ship that drifted without power for five days and the Boeing 787, which was grounded after a series of battery fires. NY1’s Valarie D’Elia filed the following report.

Carnival Cruise Line navigated some very rough waters in February, as one of its megaliners caught on fire and drifted without power for five days with 4,000 miserable passengers on board.

It was the highest-profile incident to call into question cruise line safety since its cousin, Costa Concordia, sank off Italy a year before. After capsizing, Concordia was finally uprighted in 2013 as part of salvage operations. 2013 Travel Year In Review: Carnival Megaliner Drifts NY 1

Is $500 Enough for Enduring Cruise from Hell?

The cruise line didn’t explain. In situations involving refunds and compensation for travelers, there usually isn’t much explanation. So you’ve survived for five days stranded at sea aboard the Carnival Triumph. The ship had no working toilets, sewage dripped from walls, and the whole place smelled “like a hot port-o-potty.” Here’s $500 for your troubles. Last week, after the Triumph was finally tugged into Alabama and passengers kissed solid ground in relief, Carnival announced that all passengers on the ship—which was hit with a fire in an engine room and left without power in the Gulf of Mexico—would receive some compensation. The offer included a full refund for the cruise and travel expenses, reimbursement for nearly everything they spent on board the ship, a credit good toward a future cruise, plus a check for $500.

Carnival: No reimbursement to US for disabled ship

Carnival Corp. says all maritime interests must assist without question those in trouble at sea, a duty that would not include reimbursing the U.S. government nearly $780,000 for costs associated with the rescue of the crippled Triumph cruise ship. Carnival released letters Friday replying to an inquiry by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, about the Triumph stranding and the cruise line’s overall safety record. Among Rockefeller’s questions was whether Carnival would repay the government for Coast Guard costs in the Triumph case as well as $3.4 million to the Coast Guard and Navy from the 2010 stranding of the Carnival Splendor in the Pacific Ocean.

Carnival: No reimbursement to US for disabled ship Contra Costa Times




Victims of Costa shipwreck mark anniversary Vancouver Sun
Costa Concordia anniversary Vancouver Sun

More time needed to remove Concordia wreck Vancouver Sun

Crippled cruise ship secured to Ala. terminal after breaking loose; shipyard

MOBILE, Ala. – The crippled cruise ship whose sewage-filled breakdown in the Gulf of Mexico subjected thousands to horrendous conditions tore loose Wednesday from the dock where it’s being repaired, lumbered downriver and crunched into a cargo ship. Tug boats maneuver around the Carnival cruise ship Triumph as she rests against a dock on the east side of the Mobile River after becoming dislodged from its mooring at BAE Shipyard during high winds Wednesday.Wind gusts near hurricane strength shoved the 900-foot Carnival Triumph free from its mooring in downtown Mobile, Ala., where the ship was brought in a five-day ordeal that began when an engine fire stranded it off of Mexico in February. Hours later, four tug boats used several mooring lines to secure the ship to the cruise terminal.A 20-foot gash about 2 to 3 feet wide was visible about halfway up the hull from the water and it wrapped partway around the stern. Underneath the gashed area, two levels of railing were dangling and broken. Electric cables that had been plugged in on shore were dangling from the port — or left — side of the ship. Carnival said damage, though, was limited.

Crippled cruise ship secured to Ala. terminal after breaking loose; shipyard worker missing Star tribune
Crippled cruise ship secured to Ala. terminal after breaking loose Washington Post
Cursed Carnival cruise liner secure after breaking free from dock WAFB
Carnival cruise ship Triumph breaks free from moorings, crew jump for lives NEWS.com.au
Carnival defends safety record in letter to senator USA Today

Carnival Cruise Lines And Why Third Party Travel Insurance Pays

Carnival Cruise Lines has had a rough few weeks, but as difficult as Triumph’s drift, Dream’s electrical failure and Legend’s propulsion problems have likely been on the Carnival Corp. PR team, these seaborne debacles have been harder still on the boats’ passengers. By way of making amends, Carnival has offered its indignant clients small amounts of cash and credits for exactly the sort of future cruises they probably want to avoid. That said, Carnival didn’t really have to offer the victims of their hospitality anything at all — an argument, if there ever was one, for third party insurance.

Carnival Cruise Lines And Why Third Party Travel Insurance Pays
Costa Concordia Salvage Update
Costa Concordia – IMO 9320544 – Callsign IBHD
Costa Concordia Ship Tour just before sinking on Friday 13th

What to do if your cruise ship becomes disabled

What to do if your cruise ship becomes disabled
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This is the third Carnival ship in less than two months to experience difficulties at sea. In February, the Carnival Triumph was crippled by an onboard fire in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving passengers stranded for days while the ship was towed back to land.

What to do if your cruise ship becomes disabled
Great Land ship leaves Port of Tacoma, ‘served the community well’ News Tribune
Fourth Carnival ship faces problems NBC News
Carnival lowers financial outlook after Triumph, ‘Fun Ship’ ship issues Miami Herald
Turning Carnival’s ship around Washington Post

Couple recounts ‘Costa Concordia’ experience as Carnival Triumph nears land

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Robert Mauri and his wife Megan were on the Costa Concordia Cruise ship that crashed off the coast of Italy a year ago. “When I saw this happened again, it kind of brought us back to the situation about being stranded in a place where you don’t have very much control. And it’s unfortunate that plans and things aren’t being done when things like this happen.”

Couple recounts ‘Costa Concordia’ experience as Carnival Triumph nears land 21 News

Carnival cruise ship to be towed after fire


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(CNN) — A Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico with more than 4,200 passengers and crew will be towed to port after a weekend engine fire left it dead in the water, a cruise line official said. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Vigorous arrived to aid the stranded ship early Monday, the Coast Guard said.

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Carnival cruise ship in Gulf of Mexico to be towed after engine fire Miami Herald
Carnival cruise ship adrift off of Mexico after fire in engine room Fox News
Carnival cruise ship on emergency power after fire USA today
Carnival Cruise Ship Adrift Following Fire ABC News
Carnival cruise ship floats in Gulf of Mexico after engine fire, will be towed CNN