Triumph, a cruise ship from the Carnival Cruise Line that has been stuck in the Gulf of Mexico after a fire last Sunday has now entered Mobil Bay according to a late news report today (Feb. 14).
The Triumph is expected to make it to the port of Mobil after midnight tonight, but passengers will not be able to get off the ship immediately. Carnival representatives say it will take four to five hours to get all of the passengers off the ship.
Two tug boats are towing the Triumph into the port at Mobile, Al. They experienced a delay today after one of the tow straps snapped and had to be repaired. The process is slow, with an estimated speed of one mile per hour.
Conditions aboard the Triumph have deteriorated to the point of passengers moving on deck and constructing tent shelters with sheets. Passengers say the sewer overflowed in many of the cabins, the carpets are wet and reek of raw sewage, and they have not had any hot food for several days.
One passenger had to be airlifted off the ship today after suffering a stroke.
Over 4,000 passengers are on the Triumph. They will be reimbursed for any hotel expenses and travel arrangements needed to get them back home once they get off the ship. Carnival will also be reimbursing passengers for the full amount of the cruise, per a statement released earlier this week.