Carnival Triumph, the cruise ship adrift off the Mexican Coast, is being rigged for towing and should be on the move soon according to USCG reports. The 4,200 passengers have been living in poor conditions as the ship runs on emergency power systems. Fresh food stores were delivered via lifeboat from another Carnival vessel in the area but cooking and sanitation are nearly impossible without power.
The Triumph suffered a fire in the main engine room and electronic control systems were likely destroyed along with pneumatic and hydraulic equipment. The ship had another engine fire on record before this incident but the two events do not show any obvious correlation.
Update 2/12/2013: Strong currents caused the ship to drift ninety miles from it's original position so the destination for the tow is no longer Progreso, Mexico. Instead the ship will be towed to Mobile, Alabama. Conditions on the ship are said to be very poor and we will see a flood of communications once passengers can access voice and data networks as they near the coast. The ship is not broadcasting an AIS signal so we have no estimate for an arrival time.
Update 2/13/2013: Official news from Carnival Line and passenger reports are yielding conflicting information. Fresh food is in short supply and the ship sanitary system has overflowed into passenger spaces according to the families of passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph. The vessel is expected to reach Mobile, Alabama in twenty four to forty eight hours. Carnival has canceled the next two sailings of the Triumph but if condition reports are accurate the vessel will need deep renovations. (Carnival has now canceled all sailings of the Triumph until mid-April which is more in line with needed renovations.) What do you think about Cruising becoming an extreme activity? How will the industry at large handle this and other recent accidents from a public relations and marketing point of view?