Fire Disables Cruise Ship In Mexico Gulf

By Felecia Bearden 2-11-2013 Mobile, Ala., September 18, 2005 -- The Carnival cruise ship ... 

The Carnival Triumph cruise ship is expected to dock Wednesday in Progreso, Mexico.  A tugboat is enroute to the stranded ship to tow it to the closest port.

Yesterday morning the Carnival Triumph was off the Yucatan Peninsula when a fire occurred aboard.  However, the ship’s automatic fire extinguishing system contained the fire.

No injures were reported but the ship and at least 4,200 passengers and crewmembers have been left drifting miles off the Mexican coast.

Officials have reported that everyone on board has electricity and food and water.  Other nearby Carnival cruise ships have been providing supplies.

The cruise line has said that after being towed to Progreso, those aboard the Triumph will be flown back to the United States at no cost. They will also receive a full refund, credit towards a future trip and reimbursement for all expenses except casino and gift shop purchases.

All departures scheduled for the ship have been cancelled. Those who are scheduled to be on the following trips will receive a full refund and discounts toward future cruises as well.

This is the second incident involving cruise ships this weekend. Yesterday five crewmembers died during a safety drill aboard the Thomson Majesty.

The Thomson Cruises owns the Thomson Majesty cruise ship.