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April 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

A cruise deal – and an ill-fated cruise ship

Cruise lines regularly entice customers with discounts early in the year in what’s called the  ”wave” season. This year, in unfortunate timing for the cruise industry, that coincided with the  February stranding of the Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine fire knocked out ship electrical and plumbing  services.    For five days,  4,200 very unhappy  passengers endured uncomfortable, unsanitary conditions that gave new meaning to the nautical  term ”poop deck.”

 Windstar's sailing yachts cruise in Europe and beyond. (Windstar photo)

Windstar’s sailing yachts cruise in Europe and beyond. (Windstar photo)

After that  cruise nightmare,  it appears some cruise deals are lingering longer into the spring, counteracting the wave of bad publicity that engulfed the Triumph. Among the deals are a  2-for-1 cruise fare deal from Seattle-based  Windstar Cruises for European cruises aboard its luxury sailing yachts.   Called Sail & Stay and on sale until April 27, it also includes two free nights at a hotel for before or after the cruise. (Discounted fares start around $3,000 per person for a 7-day cruise,  including the free hotel stay.)

The Carnival Triumph, meanwhile, continues to be an ill-fated ship.  Towed to a shipyard in Mobile, Ala.,  for extensive repairs after the stranding, the Triumph  broke loose from its moorings Wednesday in very strong  winds and drifted into a cargo ship, sustaining a large gash in the hull. In the same fierce winds, a guard shack at the shipyard was blown into the water, and one of the two guards  who was in the shack was still  missing Thursday morning, reported the Associated Press.

The ill-fated Carnival Triumph is maneuvered by tugs after it broke loose from its moorings (Bill Starling/AP photo).

The ill-fated Carnival Triumph is maneuvered by tugs after it broke loose from its moorings (Bill Starling/AP photo).

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