By Mary Forgione
Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
12:26 PM PST, February 11, 2013
The Carnival Triumph cruise ship is adrift about 150 miles off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula after a fire in the engine room Sunday left the ship disabled, according to a Carnival Cruise Lines statement posted Monday on its Facebook page.
The ship carrying 3,143 guests and 1,086 crew members will be towed to a port in Mexico by late Wednesday, Carnival says. The fire was extinguished and no one was injured in the incident.
The U.S. Coast Guard sent a cutter to the site, and Carnival is sending "technical crew and guest service personnel" to the ship Monday (today), but the ship remains stranded at sea. "The vessel is currently without propulsion in the Gulf of Mexico and awaiting the arrival of two tugboats which will tow the ship to Progreso, Mexico, which is the closest port to the ship's current location," the post says.
Carnival says some bathrooms and elevators are operating thanks to an emergency generator, and that dining service is limited. The ship rendezvoused with the Carnival Elation on Sunday to supply dinner for the thousands of cruise passengers and crew on board. The Carnival Legend will do the same Monday, Carnival says.
Anyone concerned about guests or crew members may contact Carnival at (888) 290-5095 or (305) 406-5534. The Carnival Triumph left Galveston, Texas, on Thursday and was scheduled to return Monday.
Carnival will give passengers a refund of the cruise and transportation expenses. The cruise line will fly passengers on chartered aircraft from Mexico to the U.S.
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