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February 21, 2013

Travel agencies report cruise rebookings are keeping them busy

Ship fire blamed on leak

DUNCAN —  

Even though no one from Duncan had booked passage on the Carnival cruise ship, Triumph, the stranded ship’s problems caused a ripple effect that has impacted area vacationers’ plans. 
A check with both of Duncan’s premiere travel agencies — First Class Travel and Sundown Travel, indicates that at least 100 people have had their near future plans altered. 
Sharon Presgrove, manager with First Class Travel, said earlier this week she had sailings canceled for more than 90 people. 
“I didn’t have any clients on it,” she said. “One day we had over 37 people through here. Even though people weren’t on the cruise, they wanted to know what would happen with their plans. All sailings have been canceled through April 13.”
And Cathy Riggins, co-owner of Sundown, said she had three cabins booked for Spring Break for area clients, that have been canceled.
On Thursday, Associated Press reported that investigators are now looking at ship logs among other items to determine why the Triumph cruise ship was stranded for five days in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the AP story, a leak in a fuel oil line caused the engine-room fire. Aboard the ship were 4,200 people — but power and working toilets were not services in operation. AP reported the cruise ship left Galveston, Texas, Feb. 7 for a four-day trip, but the fire cause
The Triumph left Galveston, Texas, on Feb. 7 for a four-day trip to Mexico. The fire paralyzed the ship Feb. 10.
Among those having to rebook was Duncan High School’s vocal music group, led by Kevin Zinn, said Presgrove. 
“They were scheduled to go on a cruise and they worked so hard to raise money to go on the cruise. There were 44 students. I did rebook them for the end of the school, June 3-8, just today,” Presgrove said on Wednesday. “Their space is on hold.”

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