Disabled Cruise Ship Under Tow Back To The U.S.

HOUSTON (February 12, 2013)--The operators of the Carnival cruise vessel Triumph, which was left stranded in the Gulf of Mexico after a weekend engine fire, say the ship has drifted so far north of its original position that they will tow it to Mobile, Ala., instead of their Progreso, Mexico, as originally planned.

Carnival Cruise Lines President and CEO Gerry Cahill said in a statement Monday evening that strong currents caused the vessel, the Carnival Triumph, to drift about 90 miles north of its original position off the Yucatan Peninsula, where it was located when the fire erupted Sunday in the engine room.

No one was injured and the fire was extinguished.

Cahill's statement said the ship should arrive in Mobile on Thursday and that it will allow for less complicated re-entry for passengers without passports.

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