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Cruise ship Carnival Triumph leaves Alabama port

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 8, 2013 at 7:16 pm •  Published: May 8, 2013

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The Carnival Triumph headed back to sea under its own power Wednesday, about three months after the cruise ship limped into port in Alabama because of an engine-room fire that disabled the vessel.

The almost 900-foot-long cruise ship pulled away from the Alabama Cruise Terminal slowly and began the 29-mile trip down Mobile Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.

The company said the ship would head east to a dry dock in Freeport, Bahamas, for more repairs and upgrades.

Triumph is due to arrive at Freeport on Saturday, and it is scheduled to return to service June 13 with a cruise from Galveston, Texas.

The Triumph was towed into Mobile on Feb. 14 after a Gulf cruise turned into a nightmare for passengers who spent five days in what many described as squalid conditions, with some floors awash in human waste.

In April, as the ship underwent repairs at BAE Systems, it broke loose from its moorings during a storm and was damaged further. A dock worker died after being swept into the water.

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