Carnival Triumph Leaves the Port of Mobile

Carnival Triumph Leaves the Port of Mobile

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It's bon voyage to the carnival triumph, with crew members cheerfully bidding farewell.

Just before 2:30 this afternoon workers undocked the lines from the ship and reeled them in, as three tug boats made their way down to help guide it out. Once the tug boats attached their lines, the triumph was steered backwards down the shipping channel with a repaired engine.

From about 800 feet in the sky the News 5 chopper shows it turned around and heading south. Once it cleared the port of Mobile, the ship picked up speed.

City officials say carnival is grateful for the city's help but it's unclear if that can be turned around to bring a ship here permanently.

"And the city being able to accommodate them when they were really really in a crisis really pays a lot of dividends and hopefully all of that is a part of what will be considered but the bottom line is the business case, whether we can put a ship here and not have them leave money on the table because we have a ship in Mobile," said Mobile Mayor Sam Jones.

Meantime, fishermen at Riverside Park say they are glad to see the ship go.

"It was taking up fishing space, so it was a big headache out the way now," said Quentin Morrissette.

With the Port City in it's rearview, the Triumph headed for the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It's next stop - Freeport, Bahamas where it will undergo cosmetic cleanup. The inside will be cleaned and the bruising seen on the outside will be fixed, with hopes return to service June 13th.

Triumph is due to arrive at Freeport on Saturday. Mayor Sam Jones says he plans on meeting again with Carnival in June, sometime in Miami to talk about business about the cruise liner coming to Mobile. He says he's also planning on speaking with two other cruise companies.

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