HOUSTON (CBS Houston) After millions of dollars in repairs, the Carnival Triumph is set to sail with passengers again and will do so later this week.
The infamous ship has been out of commission since the fire in the engine room and disaster at sea back in February of this year.
Passengers on the boat who were stranded at sea made headlines around the word because they were stranded for days with little food and limited running water and resources. Many of those stranded passengers filed lawsuits against the Carnival company and one passenger even published a book about her experiences of being stranded.
An engine fire on the ship stifled the propulsion and the fire triggered sewage backups. The staff on board ran out of food to feed passengers.
Despite its previous challenges, the Carnival Triumph is ready to sail, according to officials with Carnival. Thursday’s cruise is, in fact, sold out. There are 3,470 individuals who are scheduled to cruise this week.
According to Carnival officials, the ship is scheduled to depart Galveston at 4 p.m. Thursday, spend Friday at sea, dock in Cozumel Saturday, Sunday at sea and sail back to Galveston Monday morning.
The restaurants and businesses near the port area of Galveston say that the once disabled Triumph and its passengers will be welcomed back to town this week.