5:35pm: Carnival Cruise Lines and the US Federal Marshals have reached an agreement to allow the sailing of the Carnival Triumph today. The Carnival Triumph should set sail soon. No details of the agreement have been made pubic. We will update if any new details emerge.
4:35pm: 2 pictures have been posted on Facebook by a passenger on board ( @simstravel ) showing 2 signs posted by US Marshals on board the Carnival Triumph…
2:25pm:The following quote is from a passenger who is currently on board the Carnival Triumph in Galveston…
Marshalls are still posted at #carnivaltriumph entrance. Still boarding & bars are open. Security wld not allow pic.— Sims Family Travel (@SimsTravel) March 31, 2012
At this time, Carnival claims that they are working through “the appropriate legal channels” to resolve the issue, and they are “very confident that the ship will sail on time.” It is currently 1:25pm in Galveston, the Triumph is scheduled to sail at 4:00pm. The Carnival Triumph is currently being held with a $10 million bond. We will update this story as it continues to develop.
10:15am: Carnival Cruise Line will soon be contacting travel agents about this whole impound incident with more details. We will keep you updated.
March 31, 2012
On March 30th the Carnival Triumph was ordered to be arrested in the Port of Galveston thanks to a court case against Carnival Corporation. The case was filed today from a German family who is seeking $10 million from Carnival after a relative died in the Costa Concordia disaster. US Magistrate Judge John Froeschner ordered a warrant to arrest the ship today in Galveston claiming,
“The court finds that the conditions for an attachment of defendants’ joint and collective property within this district, mainly the MS Carnival Triumph, appear to exist upon an admiralty and maritime claim.”
Carnival Triumph will be held by the court until a trial has been conducted where, “the plaintiff shall be required to show why the attachment and garnishment should not be vacated,” according to the court order.
Carnival at this time has not released an offical press release regarding the incident. This case is Kai Stumpf v. Carnival plc, 3:12-cv-00099, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (Galveston).
I will also keep you updated on this developing story.
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