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February 10, 2013
Carnival Cruise Ship Suffers Engine Room Fire; Running on Emergency Generator Power
(Update, 4:10 p.m. EST) -- Carnival Triumph suffered an engine room fire Sunday morning that left the ship running on emergency generator power 150 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.
According to a 3:30 p.m. EST statement from the line, "the ship's automatic fire extinguishing systems activated and the fire was contained to the aft engine room. At this time, the fire is fully extinguished." No casualties or injuries have been reported.
As of 3:30 p.m. EST, the 2,758-passenger vessel was without propulsion. "The ship's technical crew is continuing to assess the damage and attempting to restore power," said the line in the statement. "In the meantime, a tugboat is being dispatched to the ship's location in the event it is needed."
All appropriate authorities, including U.S. Coast Guard, have been notified.
According to Carnival, there are 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew on the ship, which left Thursday from Galveston on a four-night Western Caribbean cruise. All passengers have been asked to remain in Triumph's public areas and open decks. They are being provided with food and refreshments.
Passengers on the current voyage will receive a full refund inclusive of gratuities and any transportation expenses.
Carnival says it has reached out to passengers on the next voyage, originally scheduled to depart Monday, which will now be delayed. Passengers have the option of cancelling now and receiving a full refund or waiting for further information to determine if a shortened, partial voyage may be possible. Stay tuned.
Several Cruise Critic readers, including Clinty76, whose wife and mother-and-law are onboard, tipped us off to the news.