A Carnival cruise ship is adrift in the Gulf of Mexico after a fire in the engine room has caused the ship to lose power. According to Fox News on Feb. 11, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard is maintaining communication with the ship that is drifting aimlessly in the waters off of Mexico.
The Coast Guard reports that the fire in the engine room was extinguished by onboard personal and the ship is using their emergency power at this time. The Carnival ship Triumph has 3,143 passengers aboard and tug boats have been sent out to the crippled ship to tow it into port.
Another cruise ship from the Carnival line, the Elation, is currently on the scene and transferring food and extra supplies to the ship that’s without power.
Triumph left the port of Galveston, Texas on Thursday and was due back in port today, Monday, Feb. 11. Instead the tug boats will tow the ship into a Mexican port and the cruise line will provide airline tickets for the passengers to return home.
Carnival is issuing a refund to all the passengers along with a credit equal to the amount that they paid for this trip. The cruise line will also reimbruse the passengers for all purchases made on the ship as well as their travel expenses to get home.