Carnival Triumph Breaks Mooring in Mobile

Multiple news outlets are reporting that the infamous Carnival Triumph cruise ship has broken loose from its lines at a port facility in Mobile Alabama where it has been moored since February 14th and drifted from the dock.

The cruise ship sustained some damage, with one news outlet reporting that the ship sustained a hole on the starboard side of the stern.  You can see the damage to the vessel in a photo here and below via WKRG. Some news stations are reporting that dock workers may have fallen into the water.

We will update this once we receive additional information. 

April 3 2013 Update: An employee of BAE Systems that operates the shipyard fell into the water and remains missing.  

Photo Credit: Top - Melvin Evins / Twitter @mle724; Bottom - WKRG

Carnival Triumph Breaks Loose

 Carnival Triumph Breaks Loose

Is Carnival the Pretty Girl & Mobile the Nerd?

A year ago, Carnival Cruise Line unexpectedly abandoned Mobile, Alabama as a cruise port. 

Carnival cited rising fuel costs and an inability to raise prices for its cruises out of the cruise terminal in Alabama.  The unexpected news shocked local officials in Mobile which had worked for a decade to lure the cruise line to the Alabama port.

Mobile over-extended itself financially to create the cruise terminal. With Carnival pulling its cruise ship, the city was faced with no cruise line customer and no revenue to pay the millions in debt remaining on the seven-year-old terminal.

But like a desperate suitor with no one left to court, Mobile is not giving up.  A local news station reports that rumors are that Mobile continues to talk with the cruise lines trying to lure a cruise ship back to town.

The news station compares cruise lines like Carnival to the popular, pretty girl in high school who can pick and choose her dates, while Mobile is "the nerd."  The problem seems to be that there are plenty of empty cruise terminals and not enough cruise ships to go around. Plus, Mobile has a lot of competition with other ports on the Gulf of Mexico like Houston, Galveston, New Orleans and Tampa, but its crossing its fingers for some good luck in 2014.