(5 p.m. EDT) -- Carnival Triumph left the port of Mobile today under its own power after more than two months in dry dock to fix issues resulting from an engine fire. According to a statement from Carnival, the ship is now headed to the Bahamas, where it will be put back into dry dock to undergo further repairs, safety enhancements and Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades before returning to service from Galveston on June 13.
The ship was initially scheduled to resume sailing on June 3, but the date was pushed back due to repairs.
The statement says the ship "is being outfitted with new systems to improve operating reliability to further prevent a potential loss of primary power, an upgrade in fire detection and suppression systems, and, in the rare event of a loss of main power, additional emergency backup power to provide core hotel services to ensure guest comfort."
The fire, which set the Triumph adrift at sea during a February sailing, temporarily left more than 4,000 passengers without power, hot food or usable toilets.
While it's in dry dock, the ship will also receive upgrades that include Guy's Burger Joint, the EA Sports Bar, the Alchemy Bar, the BlueIguana Cantina and Tequila Bar, and the RedFrog Rum Bar. These come as part of improvements that are gradually being made fleetwide.
--by Ashley Kosciolek, Associate Editor