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Carnival ship out of service longer than expected

Carnival ship out of service longer than expected

The Carnival Triumph, which left 4,200 people stranded for five days in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine fire, will be out of service longer than expected, Carnival Cruise Lines said Tuesday.
The ship is now set to return to service June 3. The cruise line is making significant investments to enhance its backup systems and the scope of hotel services that can run on emergency power. It's also improving each ship's fire prevention, detection and suppression systems.
"We sincerely regret canceling these cruises and disrupting our guests' vacation plans," Carnival president and CEO Gerry Cahill said in a statement.
In its earnings release last week, the U.S.-based company said advance bookings for 2013 are behind the same point from a year ago. The company blamed Europe's economic problems for its inability to raise prices. North American prices are up slightly, but those in Europe and Asia are lagging. Passengers in Europe are booking vacations much closer to the date of departure, Carnival said.
But vacationers have been wary about booking cruises ever since the Costa Concordia _ also owned by Carnival _ sank off the coast of Italy in January 2012. Passengers have returned to the seas, but many needed to be coaxed by deep discounts.
Carnival runs cruises under 10 brands including Holland America, Princess, Cunard and its namesake line.


Updated : 2021-04-18 17:03 GMT+08:00