Travel agents say no effect yet from Triumph

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Associated Press

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 14 at 8:01 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Some travel agents say cruise prices and bookings have not been affected by reports about the disabled Carnival Triumph ship, but others in the industry say it's too early to tell.

The Triumph is being towed to Mobile, Ala., amid reports of filthy conditions onboard after the ship lost power at sea.

Kathy Gerhardt is a spokeswoman for Travel Leaders, a network of travel agencies. She says they are not seeing cancellations. Heidi Allison-Shane is a spokeswoman for CruiseCompete.com, and she also says they are seeing few cancellations and stable prices.

But the editor of the industry newsletter Cruise Week says there may be a downward blip in cruise bookings as Triumph passengers start telling their stories.

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