GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Now that the Carnival's Triumph is at the port in Mobile, there are some questions to ponder concerning what happens next. For instance, will this have any effect on Carnival's bottom line? And for that matter, will it be a setback for the cruise industry in general?
Most travel industry experts think the impact will only be short-lived. We spoke with Raye Anne Ryan, who owns the largest travel agency on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Her company books a lot of cruises. She said they have not received a single phone call this week from someone wanting to cancel a cruise. In fact, she points out the Carnival's bad publicity seems to have had the opposite effect.
"We have had a few calls from those who have said do we have any inside information on whether they will be making deals, will there be some bargains coming out of it," Ryan said.
Nobody on the Carnival Triumph was booked through Ryan's agency. As you might expect, she and her agents are very thankful for that.
Ryan pointed out that travelers are generally a very resilient group, and most of those onboard the Triumph, with time, will get over the experience.
"They will just chalk it up to something they had the misfortune to go through. It will almost be like a notch in their gun," she said.
Ryan, who has been on more than 20 cruises in her career, said she's never experienced anything like this, but she can understand why the passengers were very frustrated.
When asked what she would have done if she had been on the Triumph, she just chuckled, "I would have said, 'Get me off, get me off!'"
Most travel experts think the compensation Carnival is offering its travelers is fair. It includes $500, along with a refund and a chance to be on a future cruise.