Delta, Houston, and the Triumph
By, Jack Harty, Correspondent Airchive.com
After spending approximately four days stranded at sea with no power, Carnival Triumph passengers returned to land late Thursday night. While they departed from Galveston, Texas, they docked in Mobile, Alabama, and Carnival set up hotel rooms for the more than 3,000 cruise passengers in New Orleans and Mobile. Carnival teamed up with Delta Air Lines and several charter bus companies to transport the passengers back to the Galveston cruise ship terminal or connecting flights.
Delta Air Lines flew eleven flights that carried approximately 2,300 passengers during Friday (February 15th) from New Orleans to Houston. The Houston Airport System helped Delta accommodate the passengers by providing water, refreshments, comfort stations, and coloring books for children. Further, HAS opened up their cargo ramp to buses to send passengers back to the cruise ship terminal in Galveston or to take the passengers back to the airport for pick up or connecting flights.
Ramp workers prepare for the first flight carrying passengers from the Carnival Triumph.