Stricken cruise ship dragged back to port
February 12th, 2013
01:31 PM ET

Stricken cruise ship dragged back to port

The stricken cruise ship Carnival Triumph will arrive at Mobile, Alabama, as early as Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Gregory Magee tells CNN.

The Triumph, disabled by an engine room fire on Sunday, currently is being towed through the Gulf of Mexico.

Tugboats have been slowly dragging the ship toward Alabama - and freedom for its 3,143 passengers.

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  1. Rodd Tundgren

    The Poopy Passengers exit the Languid Loveboat.

    February 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sally Giese

    I'm not an engineer, but couldn't they use a suspension bridge from the stricken vessel to evacuate the passengers to another cruise ship that would be standing by and getting as close as safety would allow???

    February 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • poorconsumer

      The cruise line wouldn't want to divert another cruise ship – and have to cancel its itinerary – just to deal with this issue.

      February 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      Good question Sally: You know "stuff" happens. While I would think that the engine fire that crippled this ship is an unforseen accident, I can see MANY lawsuits coming because of the "reported" nasty conditions that now exsist and the "failure" of the captain and owners to get the passengers OFF! WHY not use the lifeboats? They could ferry passengers to another ship and at least get them into a clean enviornment? Sadly, for me, the owners are willing to let these passengers suffer instead of putting them on another cruise ship and losing more money!

      February 13, 2013 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Monty Python

    1st, Why would anyone pay to cruise from Texas to Mexico? 2nd, And there were reports many passengers did not have Passports? That was one reason they did not dock back to Yukatan, Mexico. Or they could have ferried them to Yucatan.

    How can that be? You don't EVER leave the USA, unless you always bring your USA Passport. This includes, Mexico, Canada and New Jersey!

    February 13, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. JR

    Boo hoo. These moms that were just on Piers need to calm down. The ship isn't sinking. I was the Splendor in Nov. 2010 when it to had a engine fire 12 hours into our cruise. We suffered the exact same difficulties. We too had no power the ship was listing and drifting futher out in the Pacific Ocean. Yes it really sucked! You should feel bad for any elderly people who arent able bodied. The Splendor had no working elevators at ALL, the little bit of food that was provided was on one floor, 6 or 7 floors up. These Triumph passengers are being compensated better than the Splendor passengers. BTW it was the first I had ever been on!

    February 13, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |