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Galveston, Businesses Losing Money Because Of Triumph Trouble
Carnival set sail from Galveston Sunday for the first time since the troubled Triumph was towed into port.
The Siegel family is not at all worried about their cruise.
"The odds are absolutely incredible in our favor," passenger Jonah Siegel said. "Very few times there are problems with cruise ships and they just had one, so we feel very lucky."
They came to board the first carnival cruise ship leaving Galveston after the disastrous voyage of the Carnival Triumph.
Maybe they're not worried, but the fact that Carnival has had to cancel 14 cruises of the Triumph bothers a lot of business people in Galveston especially along the Strand where cruise ship passengers often stop by for last minute supplies.
"This being the slow season for us down here, Mondays and Thursdays when that Triumph was in, from when we opened the doors at 9:30 until about 3:00. That was about 90 percent of our business," store manager Ryan Conner said.
Ask anybody who works at one of these businesses here on the Strand, and they'll say they can tell when one of these cruise ships is docked here. In fact the port of Galveston alone says it stands to lose about $700,000 that it would normally collect when the Triumph is docked here.