Connect to share and comment

More Carnival woes at sea

PlacardEnlarge
(Globalpost/GlobalPost)

Yet another Carnival cruise ship is having mechanical problems, the third in a little over a month.

It was an added headache for the company whose vessel Triumph suffered an engine fire last month in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving thousands stranded for days without power or working toilets.

This time a ship called Legend is having a problem with a unit that affects its sailing speed, said a statement Friday from Carnival, the world's largest cruise ship company.

"Carnival Legend is experiencing a technical issue with one of the ship's Azipod units that is affecting the vessel's sailing speed," it said.

However, the "ship's safety systems and hotel services are all functioning normally."

A visit Friday to Grand Cayman has been scrapped due to the reduced sailing speed and the ship will head to its home port in Tampa, Florida, with arrival expected Sunday.

Guests will be given a $100 credit and a full refund on pre-purchased shore excursions for Grand Cayman. They will also get half off a future Carnival cruise.

Legend left Tampa on Sunday and is on the final leg of a seven-day Caribbean cruise.

Another other troubled ship, the Dream, was finishing a Caribbean cruise when it suffered a mechanical issue with a diesel generator. Power was not lost, but elevators and restrooms periodically lost electricity.

Some 4,300 passengers were given the option of flying home from St. Maarten, the company said.

dw-vlk/jm

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130315/more-carnival-woes-at-sea-0