5 years later: The Carnival Triumph “cruise from hell”


Five years ago today, the whole world seemed to be watching Mobile as the Carnival Triumph finally reached land and docked right here in the Port City. 

On Sunday, February 10, 2013, the Triumph was headed to Progreso, Mexico but an engine fire started in the engine room, knocking out the power on the ship when it about 140 miles off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. 

Passengers were stranded at sea for five days with no hot water and no toilets.

After tugboats were dispatched from Mobile, the Triumph arrived in Mobile Bay February 14, 2013. 

There were over 4,000 people onboard, many calling it the cruise from hell, complaining of food shortages, raw sewage in the hallways, and a terrible smell. 

Aerial footage showed the Triumph as it was escorted across the Gulf into Mobile Bay, showing the decks stacked up with passengers waving, white S.O.S sheets could be seen draped over the railing. 

Coast Guard choppers dropped off supplies to the ship. On the lower decks, you could see people bundled up in mattresses, people wearing bathrobes were waving towels. 

Passengers had escaped to the upper decks to get away from the stench of the ship since it had no power or ventilation. 

The ship stayed in Mobile for 36 days before finally returning to New Orleans. 

Now, 5 years later, the Triumph is on it’s way to Progreso, Mexico as of Wednesday evening, according to seascanner.com. The ship currently services cruises out of New Orleans to the Western Carribean. 

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