Disabled Cruise Ship Had Earlier Mechanical Problem

HOUSTON (February 13, 2013)--The disabled cruise ship with 4,000 people aboard that’s being towed to Mobile, Ala., after an engine failure in the Gulf of Mexico had mechanical problems last month that delayed its departure from Galveston on a previous voyage.

Debbi Smedley, who was a passenger aboard that cruise, said the Carnival Triumph was scheduled to leave at midday on Jan. 28 but did not sail until after 8 p.m.

Passengers received an e-mail from Carnival Cruise Lines telling them the delay was because of a propulsion problem.

Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said there was an electrical problem with the ship's alternator, which was repaired.

He said there does not appear to be any link between that issue and the fire in the engine room that caused the Triumph to lose power Sunday.

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