The Coast Guard says it is maintaining communication with a Carnival cruise ship that is adrift off of Mexico after a fire in an engine room.
The Coast Guard said in a news release personnel aboard the Carnival Triumph extinguished the fire and no one was injured. The ship is now operating on emergency power about 150 miles off southern Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.
Tug boats have been dispatched to assist the ship and it is receiving supplies from another cruise ship. The Coast Guard has also dispatched a ship to assist if necessary.
In January last year, the Costa Concordia, a luxury cruise ship operated by the Carnival Corp-owned Costa Cruises, capsized and sank off the Tuscan island of Giglio in Italy, killing 32 people. Italian investigators are looking into the vessel owner’s potential responsibility for the shipwreck.
The Carnival Triumph set sail from Galveston, Texas, on Thursday, and was due back on Monday Feb. 11. Carnival said all passengers would receive a refund and “cruise credit equal to the amount paid for this voyage.’’
The ship’s next two voyages, scheduled for departure next week, were canceled, the company added.