When a cruise becomes a nightmare. Nothing comparable to what happened to the Costa Concordia which sank off the island of Giglio more than a year ago, but what happened to the cruise ship Carnival Triumph? Is this yet another blow to the Carnival Corp, the largest U.S. cruise company which also belongs to the Costa Crociere? This cruise ship was considered one of the best of the company with many luxury amenities such as jacuzzis, huge pools and even outdoor gardens with real plants.
The Carnival Triumph was towed to the port of Mobile, Alabama in the southern United States after spending four days adrift in the Gulf of Mexico due to a fire in the engine room which, among other things, had put out the sewer system creating conditions for what passengers have defined as “hellish conditions”.
Some passengers of Triumph reported that during these four days the situation became unbearable because of the stench coming out from many parts of the ship. It happened so after the fire the toilets did not work any more. They began to overflow leaving many booths with soaking steps. “Just imagine the dirt,” said a passenger. “It was inhumane.”.
Once in port, more than 4,200 people on board the Triumph had to wait several hours before being able to disembark from the ship. As expected, many of them waved towels and flashlights to the railings of the ship, to show their relief. While the controversy is raging in the U.S., the only smiling are the lawyers, ready to work for the inevitable legal aftermath left by this latest maritime accident.