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Local Travel Agent Still Encouraging Taking Cruises

By WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- If you have a vacation planned aboard a Carnival cruise ship in the month's ahead and are concerned after this week's horror stories from aboard the stranded "Triumph", you are not alone.

Thursday night, the cruise ship was towed into port in Mobile, Alabama, after five days of what were called miserable conditions following a fire in the ship's engine room.

Many of the passengers arrived by bus to Galveston, Texas, Friday morning, while others went to New Orleans.

Local travel agents said this situation, though bad, was isolated and shouldn't dissuade you from a cruise vacation.


"You just have to look at it statisticly you know, what you do everyday, going from here to the market place, you know, you're proably safer on any one guven cruise ship, any given day than you are in the car going to the grocery store," Anita Battershell, general manger of Anita's Travel Stop.

The first lawsuit by a passenger has already been filed. More are expected. There were 4,200 people aboard the cruise ship.