Cruise ships have had a rough go of it the last few years, and Carnival’s Triumph has fallen prey to some of the industry’s bad luck.
The Triumph experienced an engine fire on Sunday and has essentially been dead-in-the-water since then.
An unnamed United States Coast Guard cutter is providing escort for the commercially owned tugboats that are both steering and pulling the disabled ship.
Reportedly, there are some 4,000 passengers and crew aboard the ship and from mainstream news feeds none of them are faring well.
Social media is literally ‘alive’ with reports of overflowing toilets and lack of other sanitation facilities including running water.
Sister cruise ships have sidled up to the mammoth vessel to deliver food, but the lack of coordination and distribution of food and water has left many passengers lacking both of those basics.
At this minute, the ocean-going cruise ship is being towed to Mobile, Ala. by Resolve Pioneer, owned and operated by Resolve Marine Group in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. and the 4,076 horsepower, salvage tug Dabhol, reportedly owned by Clarkson's, another commercial marine entity.
Triumph is not expected to reach Mobile until sometime on Thursday; meanwhile the best the crew and some 3,000 paying passengers can hope for is to stay hydrated and avoid the dreaded noro virus, also known as the "cruise ship" virus.
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