Carnival Triumph The Unluckiest Ship At Sea

Carnival-Triumph-Cruise-ShipWhat is it with this cruise ship? She has been all over the news in recent months and not for the right reasons. Aside from Carnival Cruise Lines having some clear issues across numerous members of their fleet lately, I feel like the Carnival Triumph is being tested by the gods themselves!

So let’s re-cap!

February 10th 2013 – Carnival Triumph loses power after an engine room fire which leaves the vessel adrift. She drifts for roughly 90 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico before she is intercepted by tug boats.

Her time spent entirely powerless meant passengers were sleeping and living in some difficult conditions. There were limited supplies on board and obviously showering and using the bathroom were a challenge.

Finally she reaches Mobile, Alabama after five days stranded at sea.

April 3rd 2013 – Reports come in that Carnival Triumph has broken free from her moorings after severe winds with gusts of up to 70mph batter the Mobile, Alabama, shipyard.

She drifted but this time straight into another vessel. She sustained a 20-foot long gash in her hull which although bad was thankfully above the water level. It now meant however that Carnival had more repairs to schedule for the 101, 509 GT passenger ship.

April 24th 2013 – Several explosions on fuel barges in Mobile, Alabama, caused the Carnival Triumph workers and crew to be evacuated from the vessel. The Coast Guard established a one-mile safety zone around the fires to allow for them to be safely extinguished.

No one on board was injured and although there was no damage officially reported to Carnival Triumph there have been a fewCarnival-Triumph mentions here and there that some of her windows were blown out.

So I’ll ask the question again, what is it with this cruise ship?! Is she cursed? Who knows! But it seems lately everywhere she goes trouble follows.

Carnival Spokesman, Vance Gulliksen, issued a statement on recent events and insisted that “The repair schedule for the Carnival Triumph remains unchanged and the ship is scheduled to resume service from Galveston, Texas, on June 13.”

They say things come in three’s so here’s hoping that this is the end of all the drama for Carnival Triumph and she can get back to sea, where she belongs, in June!

What are your views on recent events with this ship? Has it put you off cruising with Carnival?

Author: Danielle

Trying to explore each and every inch of this wonderful planet via cruise ship.

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14 comments on “Carnival Triumph The Unluckiest Ship At Sea
  1. Anonymous says:

    Bring on the Triumph. We’re on board in July and can’t wait !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Gail says:

    Leaving on a cruise Wednesday, on The Splendor. Haven’t sailed Carnival in a while, only cruise out of New York right now, so I thought I would give it a try.

  3. PS we had a great time on carnival but did have a engine go out for a day so missed one land trip.. but it was awesome the staff was great

  4. Don’t forget the Security Guard that was killed by the ship when mooring line dragged his shack in to the water, And the real sad thing is they found bible but not his body yet ?

  5. Wendy says:

    Nope! We love Carnival and have cruised other lines and we always go back to Carnival!

  6. Betty Whitaker says:

    Cursed or not, the Carnival Triumph is my favorite cruise ship. I cruised her in 2011 from New Orleans and will cruise on her again if she came back to that port. Yes first night onboard we got stuck on a FULL elevator for 15 minutes or longer. But things happen. You just keep that positive attitude and continue enjoying all the fun this ship has to offer, which is a lot!!!!!!! I LOVE CARNIVAL TRIUMPH, CAN’T WAIT FOR MY NEXT CRUISE ON THIS SHIP!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Carnival is my favorite!

  8. Anna Kalbarczyk says:

    The last Carnival Cruise I took… cured me… 2 years ago on the Miracle. Carnival has cut so many corners, and taken it out on their clients…. maybe taking care of your fleet, instead of your bottom line on your balance sheet would pay out more in the long run…………. just sayin.

  9. Debra Ross says:

    well we don’t as a rule travel Carnival anyway.. only for a quick 2-3 day jaunt out of Tampa for a break… we travel CELEBRITY- Disney- Royal C. they are our 7 day trip cruises.. not carnival…

  10. Anonymous says:

    i would sail on her again things happen and then we move on

  11. Jeffrey Hall says:

    its jsut a run of bad luck when you stop and realize how many hours a cruise ship is running its a miracle that they dont have more issues. i have sailed with carnival several times and have never ever had an issue and i will sail with them again in the very near future.

  12. Anonymous says:

    hope she doesn’t sink when she goes back in the water

  13. Linda says:

    I had good times on the Triumph. With everything in life there are good times and bad. Comparing Carnival’s record of how many people have sailed without problems to how many people who have had problems is a very good grade. At first I thought a disgruntled employee but I think it was just an act of God now. Everything comes in three’s. Triumph you are ok now. Good luck in June. I would come on board and enjoy you.

    • Denise says:

      I agree with you Linda. There is no guarantee with anything we do. If there is a fire on an airplane, you aren’t going to have hotdogs and water to complain about! You have to always have this in mind any time you get on a plane or a ship or even get in your car! I am very grateful that the Triumph stayed on top of the water. I will travel with Carnival again. May God Bless them!

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