It caught on fire several years back...then they sold it to another cruise line. I think it is a Costa or Norwegian cruise ship now. I thnk..althought I am not 100 percent sure. I did a little research online and found the answer but I forgot.
While the "caught fire" is technically correct it was a very minor fire in the engine room and was of very little inconvenance to the passengers and did not endanger them. Thought I would point that out so nobody gets the idea of a flaming cruiseship like the Andra Dora. As part of the upgrading programs and re-alignment the Tropicale was completely refurbished and transferred to the Costa line which is part of Carnival Corp. She has been quite a hit siling with this line.
It may have seemed like little inconvenience to the outside people, but I saw some show...worlds worst vacations or something like that. Apparenmtly it was misserable for the people who were on the boat. No food for a couple days, no power. It sounded pretty bad and the people who experienced it were very upset..which is understandable. When you go on a cruise, you are going to be pampered..rest and relaxation. It didn't sound like that is what they got. However Carnival did make good and offered a fully paid cruise to all the passengers.
They did not go without food. The news media focused on less than a dozen people who were screaming how they almost died and of course needed to see an attorney to right this terrible wrong. In the background you saw people having a wonderful time and making do with some inconviences.
The TROPICALE was my first CArnival cruise (Mexican Riviera) after having survived the worst 1st cruise of my life on a french ship (Paquet Line) repositioning from Miami to Vancouver. I was hooked for life.