Carnival warned that the Triumph mishap will reduce its earnings and ... will reduce its earnings and canceled a dozen more cruises aboard the ship.
Carnival Cruise Lines' disabled Triumph cruise ship has suffered in the last week, the company has cancelled 12 cruises aboard the vessel, including voyages from Feb. 21 through April 13, the New York Daily News reported.
The ship reportedly had a history of breaking down, experiencing a number of other mechanical failings just weeks before the Triumph's engine room burst into flames, stranding 3,143 guests and 1,086 staffers in the Gulf of Mexico for a week, Carnival acknowledged Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into the cause of the ship's fire, according to WKNO.
"No one here from Carnival is happy about the conditions on board the ship," Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines said at a news conference in Miami. "We obviously are very, very sorry about what is taking place."
The Triumph has been stranded without propulsion since a fire broke out Sunday morning, according to the Associated Press. The fire was luckily extinguished by an automated system, but not in time to save the ship's power. The ship has been relying on a back-up generator with no power ever since, the Coast Guard said.
Passengers have reported quickly worsening conditions aboard the ship, such as no air conditioning, scarce supplies of running water, limited access to bathrooms, and long lines for little food. As no power, means no refrigeration, the stench on board is also reportedly almost unbearable, and is causing many passengers to sleep on in tents on the ship's deck, passenger Shelly Crosby told ABC News in a text message.
"Cabin carpets are wet with urine and water. Toilets are overflowing inside cabins. We are having to sleep in the hallways. Onion and cucumber sandwich last night," wrote passenger Debra Rightmire in a text message to ABC News.
"We stood in line for four hours to get a hamburger," Crosby said by text message.
Officials had originally intended to haul the ship to Progreso, Mexico, but those plans were abandoned, Carnival said, since the the ship has now drifter 90 miles north due to strong currents. The Triumph is currently being towed to Mobile, Ala. by two tug boats. The Triumph was expected to arrive Thursday afternoon, according to Coast Guard Petty Officers Richard Brahm, but now it looks like passengers will have to wait just a little while longer to leave the floating hell. The massive ship won't arrive until sometime between 8 and 11 p.m. CST, a Carinval spokesman said, according to the Daily News.
Triumph passengers will receive a full refund for their cruises, discounts on future cruises, and will also each get an additional $500 in compensation for their vacation nightmare, the Daily News reported.