Carnival Sidelines Nightmare Ship Until June
Cruise line shuts down 12 voyages
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 20, 2013 2:44 PM CDT
In this Feb. 14 file photo, the cruise ship Carnival Triumph is towed into Mobile Bay near Dauphin Island, Ala.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

(Newser) – Carnival has canceled all voyages on the Triumph—yes, the "poop boat"—until June as part of a fleetwide review. The next 10 Triumph cruises have been canceled, ABC News reports, as have the next two outings for the Sunshine. The change will muck up the plans of more than 30,000 travelers, all of whom will get a full refund, plus reimbursement for non-refundable expenses and 25% off a future cruise.

Carnival's CEO issued a statement saying the line was working on changes that would "better support continued power and hotel services should unexpected issues arise," and that they were "applying new learnings … in the area of fire suppression and extinguishing." The Sunshine was already out of service, as part of a long-planned retooling, USA Today explains. The line made no mention of the fate of the Dream or the Legend.

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Mar 24, 2013 2:15 PM CDT
Americans taking these cruises apparently believe these ships are under U.S. Registry... NOT! So the breakdowns, lack of safety equipment in working order, and other problems (language of the crew) are of no surprise. If a cruise line is principally operating from a country where it has not registered its ships, beware. Its easiest to cut maintenance and other unseen costs in favor of glamour and glitz everyone notices...unless the generators fail and the potties overflow! Carnival seems to be in bad shape and getting worse since their ship Costa Concordia ran aground and sank off Italy's Giglio Island. Then another Costa ship caught fire in the Indian Ocean. Now FOUR of their Carnival ships are in trouble. Sail at your own risk... check their fine print. and then check other more established cruise lines out of northern Europe.
Mar 23, 2013 3:06 PM CDT
Don't understand it, but it suits me that so many people want to crowd together on holiday. Find 10km of beach and a million people will be crowded into 1km and there'll be wide open beaches nearby. Stuff 5000 people onto a floating hotel and that allows game parks (in Africa) to be under-utilised (we have sometimes been the ONLY people in 100 000 acres of peace and quiet!). Don't understand it, don't mind it!
Mar 21, 2013 2:01 PM CDT
There is never an excuse for the facilities not to work. There needs to be new standards, new back up equipment that ensures they will always work & nothing can possibly come in contact with food. It can be done.