GREEN BAY - As the disabled cruise ship Carnival Triumph is towed to Mobile, Ala., passengers have described terrible living conditions. Carnival disputes those claims. The cruise ship lost power after an engine fire.
Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said the Triumph is expected arrive in Mobile between 8 and 11 p.m. Thursday.
Carnival shares fell 4 percent Wednesday after the company announced earnings would be impacted because of lost revenue from the incident.
Through it all, has the incident changed people's vacation plans?
For some, like Greg Gonnering, the answer would be yes.
"I was a little bit worried, you know, about what did happen," Gonnering told FOX 11 in a phone interview.
The Appleton man, his wife and two daughters were scheduled to be on the Triumph for five days. Scheduled to depart from Galveston, Texas on March 30, it was going to be a Christmas present for the kids.
"Something different," said Gonnering of the trip. "We thought, 'we'd never been out of the country,' or 'never done a cruise."
After the breakdown, Gonnering says there was a concern that their more than $2,000 trip might be affected.
"Initially we just thought it was just a situation that was unfortunate and everything would be okay."
On Wednesday, Gonnering got a letter from Carnival announcing the trip was canceled.
He will receive a full refund, and a discount on any future cruises. Gonnering says his family will take a cruise at some point. However he says this recent event, and the January 2012 Costa Concordia disaster that killed at least 32 people, make him leery of the line and its ownership.
"At the time that we booked it, Carnival was the best price. And the exact location and timeline that we wanted," said Gonnering. "I would say that my initial first look would probably not be a Carnival for the next trip."
But for David DeGroot, his planned Alaska cruise for July is constantly on his mind.
"I'm a little excited about it," said a laughing DeGroot.
The gospel music cruise is a gift for his wife and their 25th wedding anniversary.
"Most times, we'll take somebody - one of my kids, or both my kids. Or else, we'll just go to a friend's house," said DeGroot of the past family vacations. "You know, it's actually the first time in 25 years that we're going away - just us."
Though his trip isn't on a Carnival cruise, it is through Holland America, a brand of Carnival Corporation.
DeGroot says the incident with Triumph doesn't have him concerned at all.
"I'm not, no," said DeGroot. "There's car accidents, there's plane accidents, you know. But you can't stop living."
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