The ship left Galveston, Texas, for a four-day cruise last Thursday with 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members. The ship was about 150 miles off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday when an engine room fire knocked out its primary power source, crippling its water and plumbing systems and leaving it adrift on only a backup power.
No one was injured in the fire, but Carnival spokeswoman Joyce Oliva said Tuesday that a passenger with a pre-existing medical condition was taken off the ship as a precaution.
Everyone else likely will have to remain onboard until the ship reaches Mobile, Ala., which is expected to happen Thursday, weather permitting.
Every time I've heard someone talk about their cruise, they've been trashy as frick. No thanks.
If all goes as scheduled and tugboats nudge the ship into port in Mobile Thursday, Alabama Cruise Terminal general manager Sheila Gurganus said, the disembarking passengers will be met by a medical triage center and extra security in case they need it.
The cruise line said it has been busily making arrangements for the ship's passengers when they reach the shore.
More than 1,500 hotel rooms have been reserved in Mobile and New Orleans and more than 20 chartered flights have been booked to fly passengers back to Houston Friday after they have had a chance to rest, Cahill said. For those wishing to get home sooner, the company is organizing charter buses to Houston and Galveston.
quote:I hope the media is there for the disembarkment. I guarandamntee you it will be entertaining.
the disembarking passengers will be met by a medical triage center and extra security in case they need it.
ok well that's more like it....
The cruise was 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula when it was stranded and they decide to tow it 500 miles to Mobile?
When the engines went down
Anyone know how these boats generate power? At first I just assumed that the boat would still have power and be fine, just couldn't move. I wonder if they generate off of the main engines, or if the fire was big enough to take down 2 different systems.