Carnival Triumph

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Carnival Triumph at Half Moon Cay
Name: Carnival Triumph
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Carnival Cruise Lines
Port of registry:  Bahamas, Nassau
Cost: US$420 million
Yard number: 5979[1]
Launched: July 27, 1999 [2]
Christened: Madeline Arison
Completed: 1999
Maiden voyage: October 23, 1999 [3]
In service: July 27, 1999[4] – February 14, 2013, June 13, 2013 – present
Out of service: February 14, 2013 - June 13, 2013
Status: In service[5]
Notes: [6][2][7][8][4]
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Destiny/Triumph-class cruise ship
  • 101,509 GT
  • 10,984 DWT
Length: 893 ft 4 in (272.3 m)
Beam: 116 ft 6 in (35.5 m)
Draft: 27 ft 3 in (8.3 m)
Decks: 13 decks
Installed power:
  • 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph) (service)
  • 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph) (maximum)
Capacity: 2,754 passengers [9]
Crew: 1,100
Notes: [6][4]

Carnival Triumph is the second of the five member Destiny-class of cruise ships. As she and her three younger sisters are each a modified version of the lead ship in the class, she is sometimes referred to as the first of the Triumph-class of cruise ships. Along with her sisters Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Victory, she is operated by Carnival Cruise Line. Carnival Triumph is home ported in New Orleans as of April 2016, joining Carnival Dream and replacing Carnival Elation.

Built by Fincantieri at its Monfalcone shipyard in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, northern Italy, she was floated out on October 23, 1999, and christened by Madeline Arison,[3] wife of Micky Arison, the then CEO of Carnival Cruise Line.[10] She came to media attention in 2013 when an engine room fire stranded her at sea for several days with a loss of power that crippled not only her propulsion, but also support systems.


Carnival Triumph is 893 feet 4 inches (272.3 m) long and has a beam of 116 feet 6 inches (35.5 m). Fully laden, she draws 27 feet 3 inches (8.3 m) of water. The vessel's gross tonnage, which is a measure of volume and not of weight, is 101,509.[1]

Carnival Triumph has a "Great Cities of the World" theme. Her amenities include the Paris Dining Room, the London Dining Room, the Rome Lounge, Club Rio featuring music, a workout center and the Spa Carnival. She is structurally identical to her sister ship, Carnival Victory, and differs from her class's namesake, Carnival Destiny, by the addition of extra balcony cabins on the lido deck and various changes to placement and shapes of her public areas.

The ship has one of the first seagoing mobile phone systems, called "Cellular at Sea", provided by WMS (Wireless Maritime Services), a joint venture of AT&T and MTN (Maritime Telecommunications Network). It allows guests to use their personal cell phones to make calls directly from the ship at any time, albeit at extra cost.[11]

Like most modern cruise ships, Carnival Triumph has a diesel-electric propulsion system in which the main generators provide electricity for all shipboard consumers from propulsion motors to hotel systems such as air conditioning and lighting. Her power plant consists of six diesel generating sets, four 16-cylinder Wärtsilä-Sulzer 16ZAV40S and two 12-cylinder 12ZAV40S medium-speed diesel engines. Her two 17.6-megawatt electric propulsion motors and controllable pitch propellers give the ship a maximum speed of 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph) and a service speed of about 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph). For maneuvering at ports, Carnival Triumph has six transverse thrusters.[12][13] She was completed and entered service in 1999.

On July 31, 2018, Carnival Cruise Lines announced that Carnival Triumph will enter dry dock in Cadiz, Spain, on March 1, 2019, for a massive overhaul. After the overhaul, she will emerge as the renamed Carnival Sunrise.[14]

Per the Orlando Sentinel,

This new makeover will take two months, and cost $200 million, according to the cruise line.

Enhancements will include updating the ship with the line's more popular mainstays including the newest dining venue: Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que, which debuted on Carnival Horizon this year. Other dining venues coming to the ship include Cucina del Capitano, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Bonsai Express, JavaBlue Café and the popular — and free — hand-tossed pizza venue in the Lido Marketplace, Pizzeria del Capitano. New bar venues include RedFrog Pub, Piano Bar 88, Limelight Lounge and Liquid Lounge. A new SportSquare will feature a ropes course and basketball court as well as foosball, pool, ping-pong and a nine-hole mini-golf course. The water slide fun will be increased to add a 203-foot-long AquaTunnel slide to the already existing 212-foot-long Twister slide as well as the addition of a 75-gallon tipping bucket in the expanded WaterWorks play area. Also coming will be the Serenity adults-only area of the ship, an expanded spa and more retail space. On the stateroom side, two of the ship's Captain's Suites will be redesigned with floor-to-ceiling windows and offer extended balcony grand suites while all of the staterooms will get new color schemes.

The renamed ship will begin service April 29, 2019 out of Norfolk, Virginia for five- to seven-night trips, then to New York for a summer schedule of four- to 14-night voyages and then reposition to Florida's Port Everglades in October 2019 for four- and five-night duties to the Bahamas and the Caribbean, including Cuba.[15]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

2012 seizure in Galveston[edit]

On March 29, 2012, a judge ordered the ship to be held in Galveston, Texas. The move came as part of a $10 million lawsuit filed in federal court in Galveston by relatives of a German tourist who died in the Costa Concordia disaster. Reports say that the warrant ordering the ship held in port states that "the court finds that the conditions for an attachment of defendants' joint and collective property within this district, mainly the MS Carnival Triumph, appear to exist upon an admiralty and maritime claim". Carnival Triumph was allowed to unload passengers and cargo and move between berths until a hearing could be scheduled.[16]

2013 engine room fire[edit]

The Coast Guard cutter USCGC Vigorous stands by to assist Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico on Feb. 11, 2013.

On Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 5:30 a.m. CST, the ship suffered a fire in the aft engine room. Although the fire was automatically extinguished and there were no injuries to passengers or crew, it resulted in a loss of power and propulsion. To make matters worse, raw sewage began to back up into passenger deck areas, creating a major health hazard. This caused the media to dub the event "The Poop Cruise". Carnival Triumph was originally expected to be towed to the Mexican port of Progreso.[17][18] However, after being carried north by currents while awaiting arrival of large, seagoing tugboats, she was expected to dock in Mobile, Alabama, instead. This was the fourth engine room fire on a Carnival-owned ship resulting in a loss of power, including Tropicale in 1999, Carnival Splendor in 2010, and Costa Allegra, owned by a Carnival subsidiary, in 2012.[19]

Carnival Triumph alongside the pier in Progreso, Mexico

By February 11, 2013, her emergency electrical generators allowed partial restoration of some shipboard functions. During the night of February 10, supplies were transferred from Carnival Elation. Carnival Legend was en route from Tampa and arrived on the scene around 3 p.m. on the afternoon of February 11 to complete a transfer of food and water and to take on a patient in need of dialysis for transport to Cozumel.[20] Carnival Conquest en route to Montego Bay, Jamaica from New Orleans stopped and delivered food and supplies during the afternoon and early evening on February 11, 2013.

A Coast Guard helicopter delivers approximately 3,000 pounds (1,400 kg) of equipment, which included a generator and electrical cables, to Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, February 13, 2013.

Sailings through April 13 were canceled, after which Carnival announced the first phase of a fleetwide review, to include installation of back-up generator systems on the line's ships. To allow time for the generators to be installed aboard Carnival Triumph, ten more voyages were cancelled, through June 3. On the afternoon of February 13, two seagoing tugboats were towing the ship, with a third tugboat expected to arrive that evening. The goal was to reach port in Mobile by early afternoon on February 14, but strong winds delayed the expected arrival. Eventually, four tugboats were towing the ship, with a fifth on standby. After a tow line broke, arrival was delayed still further.[21][22][23][24] The ship finally docked by 9:20 p.m.[25][26]

An incident investigation was then started by the Bahamas Maritime Authority, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the National Transportation Safety Board. The Bahamas Maritime Authority was the lead investigative agency, because Carnival Triumph is a Bahamian-flagged ship.[27][28] Initial reports from investigators on February 18 indicated the fire was caused by a leak in a flexible fuel oil return line from the No. 6 diesel engine, allowing fuel to spill onto a hot surface and ignite.[29]

Two weeks prior to the engine room fire, Carnival Triumph experienced propulsion issues that caused it to be five hours late returning to its Galveston home port on January 28, 2013, delayed the ship's departure for its next cruise from 2:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. that night, and resulted in the elimination of a scheduled stop in Cozumel because of the ship's diminished cruising speed.[30] While in port, a Port State Control (PSC) vessel inspection by the Texas City, Texas, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit was conducted, resulting in a finding that there was "a short in the high voltage connection box of one of the ships [sic] generators causing damage to cables within the connection box", a deficiency under 50AC SOLAS 2009 Ch 1 Reg 11.[31] A directive with a compliance due date of February 27, 2013 was issued following the inspection, requiring that "the condition of the ship and its equipment shall be maintained to conform with the regulations to ensure that the ship in all respects will remain fit to proceed to sea without danger to the ship or persons on board". The Coast Guard Marine Information Safety and Law Enforcement System showed that this deficiency remained unresolved at the time of the subsequent fire and loss of power while at sea on February 10.[31][32]

2013 mooring accident in Mobile, Alabama[edit]

On April 3, 2013, while Carnival Triumph was docked in Mobile, Alabama for repairs following the February 10 fire, strong winds caused the ship to break free from her moorings and strike a moored United States Army Corps of Engineers vessel, Dredge Wheeler, sustaining a 20 ft (6.1 m) gash and railing damage on her stern above the water line before coming to rest against a cargo ship. The U.S. Coast Guard and tug boats responded on the scene. Two workers were in a guard shack on a 65-foot section of dock that also collapsed during the high winds. One was rescued from the water and hospitalized, but the other was recovered dead nine days later. Repairs for the ship were then delayed by ten days, causing cancellation of two more cruises before the ship returned to service on June 13, 2013.[33][34][35][36]


Carnival Cruise Line announced new Carnival Triumph's itineraries for 2019–2020. The ship will take various 4-day to 14-day sailings departing from New York, Fort Lauderdale, FL. and Norfolk, VA.[37]




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