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Triumph's impact: How will Carnival fare?

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Carnival Cruise Lines' loss could be travelers' gain.

The fire aboard the Triumph cruise ship – and the five miserable days without power after it – may have been a PR disaster, but travel agents don't think it will sink Carnival.

"You may see some cancellations, and people may not book as readily as they did otherwise," said Cruise Planners of Savannah's Kelly Weaver. "But I think it will be a very short-term effect."

Savannah leaders say the Triumph's misfortune won't derail prospects of bringing a cruise ship terminal to the Hostess City.

Right now, that's still just an idea – one the City Council is studying. Alderman Tony Thomas, who heads up the city council's cruise ship task force -- said the mishap won't play any part in his decision.

"We have an international airport," he said. "If a plane lands from the airport and crashes today, do we shut that airport down because of the plane? No."

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