Update as of 02/13/13 at 3:20 p.m.:
Carnival has dispatched a third tugboat to assist in towing Carnival Triumph to port. The tugboat is currently en route from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, and is expected to arrive at the ship this evening to further support the vessel’s return to Mobile, Alabama, on Thursday.
Carnival is mobilizing approximately 200 people to be on the ground in Mobile to support the Carnival Triumph’s arrival and guests’ travel home.
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Apparently, Carnival Cruise Lines (www.goccl.com) believes more time will be needed to repair the Carnival Triumph's propulsion system and clean up the mess onboard.
Carnival announced the cancellations of 12 more voyages of Carnival Triumph following an engine room fire that has left vessel without propulsion.
The ship operates four- and five-day cruises from Galveston, TX.
Previously, the line had cancelled the Feb. 11 and Feb. 16 cruises. Now, sailings that depart between Feb. 21 and April 13, 2013 are also cancelled.
The line said guests on the affected sailings will receive a full refund of their cruise fare, as well as non-refundable transportation costs, pre-paid shore excursions, gratuities, and government fees and taxes.
Guests will also receive a 25 percent discount on a future three- to five-day Carnival cruise or a 15 percent discount on a six- to seven-day cruise. Travel agent commissions will be protected.
"Carnival sincerely apologizes for this disruption in our guests’ vacation plans," the line said in a press release.