GALVESTON — A bevy of boats have come to the aid of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship after an engine fire Sunday left it without electricity or propulsion 150 miles off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula.
Two tug boats are scheduled to connect with the Triumph today to pull the 102,000 ton ship to the nearest port in Progreso, Mexico, according to a news release from the Carnival cruise line. It’s expected to arrive late Wednesday.
Passengers will then board a chartered aircraft Carnival is in the process of arranging to fly back to the United States.
A technical crew has gradually restored auxiliary power to operate some basic hotel functions, but food service was so limited on Sunday that the Carnival Elation connected with the ship to provide food and other provisions, according to the release.
Most of the toilets and showers on the ship are unusable.
A team consisting of additional technical crew and guest service personnel will also arrive at the boat later today.
Concerned family and loved ones of guests and crew may call 888-290-5095 or 305-406-5534.