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Carnival already selling cheap cruises on still damaged Triumph: Vacation on a floating biohazard!

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Carnival Cruise Lines is offering cheap trips in April — starting as low as $32 per night, meals included.  CruiseFan.net
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Just try to keep out of mind the images of the Carnival Triumph, which broke down in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year.  DavidMarquet.com
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Travelers who like their thrills cheap — and perhaps somewhat risky — ought to book their summer trips now. 

Carnival Cruise Lines is attempting to recover from the recent Carnival "floating biohazard" Triumph incident by offering deeply discounted Caribbean cruises.

 It's really a steal, with fares starting at just $289 per person (as little as $58 per night). With the caveat, of course, that you could get stranded in the Gulf of Mexico.  

The website is currently offering budget-friendly trips aboard the woebegone vessel starting on June 3, when five-day trips out of Galveston (with stops in Progreso and Cozumel) are available starting at $479. 

Book a trip for October, though, and it's really a steal, with fares starting at just $289 per person (as little as $58 per night). With the caveat, of course, that you could get stranded in the Gulf of Mexico mid-sail.

These cheap tickets are actually high compared to the trips offered in April out of Florida, including a five-day cruise aboard the Carnival Ecstasy (from Port Canaveral to Freeport, Nassau and Half Moon Cay in The Bahamas) starting as low as $32 per night (or $159 in total) and a four-day trip on the Imagination (which departs from Miami, with stops in Key West and Cozumel) for $28 per night (or $149 total). 

As Bloomberg notes, that's less than a night at the budget-friendly Motel 6.

The total price includes meals and some (non-alcoholic) drinks. Just think of all of the lobster dinners you could consume! And the famous Warm Chocolate Melting Cake! And the soft serve ice cream! 

In the meantime, the not-so-triumphant Triumph is still stationed in Mobile, Ala., where last week hurricane-force winds blew the ship loose from its repair dock. The ship suffered a hole in its stern . . . So float at your own risk.

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