The Triumph's engine room caught on fire Sunday and left the ship stranded in the Gulf of Mexico on generator power. Plans were to have the cruise ship towed to Progreso, Mexico, but the ship drifted throughout the day and overnight in a northward direction. It was also discovered that 900 of the passengers did not have a passport for entry into Mexico.
A tug boat arrived on the scene yesterday and will be one of two used to tow the Triumph back to the port of Mobile, Al. The second tug boat is expected to arrive today.
The Triumph is projected to be back in port on Thursday. The timeline for towing to the original destination in Progreso, Mexico was stated as Wednesday, but the cruise line opted for the port in Mobil because of better options for booking hotel rooms, flights, the passport problem, and getting medical attention as needed for guests on board.
The Triumph departed from Galveston, Tx. on Thursday (Feb. 7) bound for the Caribbean.
Passengers are said to be safe, and will be reimbursed for the cost of the cruise, all transportation and accommodations once back in port and any necessary items purchased on the ship excluding gift shop purchases and the casino.