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Cruise ship adrift off Mexico will offer full refunds to passengers

An engine fire left a Carnival cruise ship adrift 150 miles off Mexico. Tug boats will bring the cruise ship back to Progreso, Mexico. All 3,143 guests will be offered full refunds, says Carnival.

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A Carnival cruise ship, Triumph, has lost propulsion, is on emergency backup power in the Gulf of Mexico, and will have to be towed to shore.

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Carnival Cruise Lines said Sunday an engine room fire had disabled the cruise ship Triumph about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula with 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members on board.

A statement on Carnival's website said nobody was hurt and automatic extinguishers put out the fire before it could spread from the aft engine room. The company said the US Coast Guard had been notified and was monitoring the situation.

Triumph cruises from Galveston, Texas, to the Caribbean.

 

The cruise line said another of its ships, the Carnival Elation, responded to the scene and transferred provisions to the disabled boat. Carnival says a tugboat will tow the Triumph to Progreso, Mexico, where passengers will be flown back to the United States.

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