April 17, 2013 |
Hoping to improve its tarnished image, Carnival Cruise Lines plans to spend $300 million to add an extra generator in each ship and upgrade fire-suppression systems in response to the high-profile malfunctions that hobbled the Carnival Triumph this year. Carnival's investment comes in response to an engine fire in February that cut most of the power to the Triumph, which had to be towed from the Gulf of Mexico while frustrated passengers contended with nonfunctioning kitchens, bathrooms, air conditioning and elevators.
March 14, 2013 |
HOUSTON -- The news of another stalled Carnival cruise ship has renewed interest in the fallout of the Carnival Triumph, towed ashore last month after an engine fire stranded its more than 4,000 passengers and crew in the Gulf of Mexico during a four-day Mexican cruise. Some passengers leaving the Triumph complained of dire conditions : sewage running down walls, food shortages and improvised encampments on deck. Others praised the crew, saying conditions had been exaggerated and that they would be willing to set sail with Carnival again.
February 22, 2013 |
The misadventure of the Carnival Triumph cruise in the Gulf of Mexico has provoked several passenger lawsuits and a storm of bad publicity, including horror stories about overflowing toilets and long food lines. But if you think the debacle might lead to heavily discounted cruise rates this summer, think again. Demand for cruise vacations remains strong enough that industry experts predict no sizable fare cuts this summer and fall. However, Carnival Cruise Lines, operator of the ill-fated ship, is among firms offering deals.
February 15, 2013 |
If the catastrophe on the Carnival Triumph has you thinking you will stay clear of all Carnival cruises in the future, good luck. Carnival Corp., the Miami-based parent company for Carnival Cruise Lines, controls nearly 50% of the cruise market through 10 cruise line brands around the world. Other brands under Carnival Corp.'s ownership are Princess Cruises, Holland American Line and Costa. The biggest of its brands is Carnival Cruise Lines, which is the world's most popular cruise line, serving about 21% of the market, according to Cruisemarketwatch.com, a website that tracks the industry.
February 15, 2013 |
Despite the public relations disaster created by the Carnival Triumph catastrophe, travel experts and others say the impact on bookings for Carnival and the cruise industry in general will only be short-lived. The ship lost propulsion power after an engine fire on Sunday, leaving the cruise ship adrift in the Gulf of Mexico until it was towed to Mobile, Ala., where passengers told stories of sleeping on the deck to get out of the stiffling heat in their rooms and using plastic bags in place of toilets.
February 13, 2013 |
The engine fire that disabled a Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico will certainly cost the cruise line money but it is unclear if it will tarnish its reputation in the long run. The fire broke out Sunday, leaving the Carnival Triumph without propulsion and power for some bathrooms, elevators and kitchens. The ship, carrying more than 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members, is being towed by three tug boats to Mobile, Ala. Carnival has announced it will reimburse passengers for the cruise fare, transportation costs and other expenses and has also canceled 14 future sailings of the Triumph through April.