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Is the Carnival Triumph the Unluckiest Cruise Ship in the World?

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At this point, it’s highly unlikely that anyone would be surprised to hear that the Carnival Triumph was involved in a cruise ship accident. Yet, we still can’t help but be shocked that even after announcing a multimillion dollar upgrade of emergency systems across its fleet, the Triumph would be involved in ANOTHER maritime accident.

It’s a wonder that Carnival Cruise Line hasn’t just retired the vessel completely after struggling with a series of never-ending maritime mishaps. Granted, this time the incident wasn’t onboard the Triumph, but the vessel still had to be evacuated after two barges exploded in the ship’s vicinity.

Crews working on repairs onboard the vessel in the Mobile, AL shipyard where the Triumph has been docked had to be evacuated after two nearby barges exploded several times, igniting a fire. Although the fire didn’t extend over to the cruise ship, the 800 crew members that were repairing the disabled vessel were evacuated as a safety precaution.

Finally, the Triumph is evacuated BEFORE an accident actually happens onboard the ship and BEFORE anyone is injured or subjected to deplorable shipboard conditions.

The crew members were taken to a Civic Center nearby until the area was cleared of danger. The workers were provided with food and beverages while waiting for the fire to be extinguished and the area to be deemed safe. This is more than Triumph passengers had after the cruise ship caught fire in February, the first of what would be a long series of incidents involving the vessel (and other Carnival ships).

The Triumph made headlines after a fire in the ship’s engine room knocked out power, leaving the vessel and its 4,200 travelers stranded at sea for five days in without air conditioning, working toilets or sufficient food supplies. As if that wasn’t bad enough, sewage and waste soon began to overflow from deck to deck, putting cruise passengers at risk of contracting serious – if not deadly – illnesses. The stench from the waste and continuing leaks gave passengers no other choice than to sleep up on the Lido deck just to get away from the horrible conditions.

But as appalling as this cruise ship accident was, the bad luck wouldn’t end here for the Triumph.

Once the ship was finally towed to shipyard in Mobile, it was involved in another maritime incident. Earlier this month, the Triumph broke free from its moorings following a strong gust of wind. The same 800 crew members were onboard the ship when this occurred, and were left to drift out to sea until the Triumph crashed into a cargo vessel creating a large gash down the side of the ship.

It took several hours for maritime authorities to get the ship back to port and tie it back up, but it just seems as though the Triumph is just doomed.

Even before the fire took place onboard the vessel in February, Carnival leaders announced that there was a mechanical issue on the ship. The itinerary immediately preceding the Feb. 7 departure that would go down in history as one of the worst maritime disasters ever reported was delayed after the ship experienced a propulsion problem. The Triumph didn’t depart until after 8 p.m., but it wouldn’t be smooth sailing from there on out.

According to Triumph passenger Debbi Smedley, several other things went wrong while on the cruise. Smedley claims a water line broke in the hallway ceiling near her cabin and a sewer line broke outside the main dining room. She also said the elevators were not working properly.

This week’s evacuation is just the icing on a very messy cake involving the Triumph and highlights the line’s staggering lack of safety and security. Although the barge fires did not involve the Triumph, it seems as though this is just another bad omen for the ship and for Carnival in general.

Crew members were allowed to board the ship on Thursday morning to resume the reparation project. The Triumph is expected to be back in commission in June, but if any other mishaps occur, it might not get the chance to sail the high seas again.

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