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Carnival Triumph to Relocate to the Bahamas for Further Repairs

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: May 08, 2013 04:23 PM EDT

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The troubled Carnival Triumph is going on a trip, but it's just to undergo more repairs. The cruise ship will leave the port in Mobile, Alabama and will receive more repairs while in the Bahamas.

According to Sheila Gurganus, the manager of the cruise ship terminal in Mobile, Triumph will operate with its own power when it departs for its trip to Freeport in the Bahamas, the Associated Press reports.

The ship is set to leave the port on Wednesday, but the cruise line did not provide any further details.

The large cruise ship was been undergoing repairs at the port since in arrived on Valentine's Day. The ship was left adrift in the Gulf after an engine room fire broke out and left the ship powerless.

Passengers had to endure horrendous conditions as they spent five days on the ship as it was towed back to the port in Alabama. They dealt with conditions such as limited working toilets, no air conditioning and limited food.

That wasn't the end of the ship's troubles. In April, the ship broke loose from its mooring where it was being repaired. High winds during a storm caused the ship to break loose and a dock worker died when he was thrown into the water.

Many passengers have filed lawsuits against the cruise ship after they endured the horrible conditions for several days but Carnival Corp. is attempting to have the lawsuits dismissed.

The most prominent lawsuit is a possible class action suit which would represent about 3,000 people who were on the Carnival Triumph. However Carnival argues that their cruise tickets clearly state that passengers cannot file class action lawsuits.

Lawyers are arguing against this claim, saying that Carnival was negligent in letting the Triumph sail even though it had a history of past mechanical problems. Due to this, lawyers argue that the lawsuits should be allowed.

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