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Carnival Triumph Rescue Bus Breaks Down

Feb 15 2013 10:04AM

A busload of passengers still reeling from their experience on the Carnival Triumph were delayed in returning home after the bus broke down, officials said.

A caravan of chartered buses was hired by Carnival to transport passengers from Mobile, Ala., after the ship docked Thursday, but at least one of those buses became stranded somewhere on the way to New Orleans, CBS News reported

The bus incident was yet another trial for passengers who had spent days stranded at sea aboard the ship that passengers described as being filled with sewage and rotten food.

Carnival Chief Executive Officer Gerry Cahill apologized Thursday to the passengers.

"We pride ourselves in providing our guests with a great vacation experience, and clearly we failed in this particular case," he said.

The passengers had left the Port of Galveston in Texas on Feb. 7 for what was to be a four-day cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. An engine fire Sunday left the vessel without power and propulsion.

Passengers and crew members spent five days living and sleeping on sewage-soaked carpets and open decks, with food so limited some passengers said they were reduced to eating candy and ketchup on buns.

A Carnival spokesman told the Los Angeles Times there were no serious injuries during the ordeal.

The New York Times said there are questions about how and why the fire was able to knock out the 14-year-old ship's propulsion system, power, sewage, and heating and air-conditioning systems. The ship had mechanical trouble last month that delayed a similar cruise to Mexico.

A Jan. 28 U.S. Coast Guard report examined by United Press International disclosed "a short in the high-voltage connection box of one of the ship's generators, causing damage to cables within the connection box."

The Coast Guard ordered Carnival Cruise Lines to fix the problem by Feb. 27.

The Triumph carried 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2013

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