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

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

Executive Claims CARNIVAL TRIUMPH, CARNIVAL are the tip of the iceberg.

eReleases (press release)
American Flagship Executive Claims CARNIVAL TRIUMPH, CARNIVAL SPLENDOR and Even COSTA CONCORDIA Are But “Tip of the Iceberg”. NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — World City America Inc. President Stephanie Gallagher asks when will U.S. politicians and reporters ask the right questions about this NON-U.S. industry? American passengers account for over 90 percent of the revenues earned by over 150 foreign-flag cruise ships sailing out of U.S. ports. It’s a $40 BILLION-a-year industry that competes unfairly with American hotels, resorts, casinos and convention facilities. “Unfairly” because it is exempt from U.S. safety, environmental and labor regulations. It DOES NOT pay U.S. corporate taxes on its profits, and it is not required to hire American officers or crew.
American Flagship Executive Claims CARNIVAL TRIUMPH, CARNIVAL SPLENDOR and Even COSTA CONCORDIA Are But “Tip of the Iceberg” ereleases
Interview with Alberto- Rescuer of the Costa Concordia Passengers … Capturing Lavita.com

Carnival Ship Released to Sail From Port as Deal Is Struck

BusinessWeek
A Carnival Corp. cruise liner was released to sail from a Texas port by a U.S. judge who ordered it seized yesterday in a lawsuit over a death in the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Italy. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Froeschner released the MS Carnival Triumph today from a seizure order holding the cruise liner in its home port of Galveston. 
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