MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - After nearly three months the Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph left Mobile Wednesday. The ship started moving around 2:30 p.m.
Cruise Terminal Director Shelia Gurganus was both happy and sad to the see the Triumph leave Mobile's port.
"I'm glad for Carnival, but I'm a little sad for us because we've enjoyed having it here for 36 days," she said.
Some residents, however, were thrilled to see the ship leave port.
"It's about time," said Mobile resident Lauren Lee.
Gurganus said the ship's damaged engines were repaired during the vessels nearly three-month stay in Mobile.
"Working at Felix's, it's kinda a touring thing. Everyone's like ‘Is that the Carnival Triumph ship?' And we're like, ‘Yeah, it is,'" Lee said.
One traveler wanted to see it for herself.
"I told my cousin I wanted to see the ship, but I wanted to see it from afar. I didn't want to get too close to it. Sounds like it is bad luck to me," she said.
Others wanted nothing to do with the ship.
"There has got to be something cursed or something wrong with it. Maybe it will get a little better down here now," said a Mobile resident.
The ship has been undergoing repairs in Mobile since February, when an engine fire disabled the ship in the Gulf of Mexico with more than 3,000 passengers on board.
There was more trouble for Carnival in April when high winds caused the ship to break free from its mooring at BAE Ship systems and drift across the river.
Mobile Mayor Sam Jones received word Tuesday, May 7 that the vessel would be leaving.
"They worked on the ship to get it seaworthy, and now they've finished their work, and they're getting ready to pull out," Jones said.
Jones discussed the impact of the ship on the city during its stay.
"Right now on the Triumph, there are 1,000 people on the Triumph, and they've been there all the time. And they go out in the community, and they were spending in our community, going to various places in the community. Even some of them had hotel rooms. So yes, it did help our economy, as well as what they will be paying the cruise terminal for mooring them there and keeping them there," he said.
Although many are happy to see the Triumph gone, they don't really like seeing the cruise terminal empty yet again.
"It's a great presentation for the city, when people see that ship sitting there. But I'd like to see one leaving and coming back. Mobile needs a cruise ship," said Ed Murphy.
The mayor is not giving up hope that another cruise ship will soon call Mobile home.
"We have another meeting with them sometime in June in Miami to talk about that, as well as two other cruise lines. So yes we're very hopeful of that, and very optimistic that they have an interest in Mobile," Jones said.
According to cruise terminal officials, Carnival will end up paying the city more than $100,000 for docking fees and other expenses.
The Triumph is headed for Freeport in the Bahamas for some cosmetic work before resuming it cruise schedule. Officials said the cosmetic work probably won't take very long. Carnival has the ship set to resume cruises out of Galveston, Texas, starting June 13.
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