More Trouble at Sea Aboard Carnival Cruise Lines
Another notch has been added to the belt of this year's
Carnival Cruise malfunctions. For the second time in under two months, technical
difficulties have grounded a ship, thwarting the travel plans of over 4,000
Caribbean-bound vacationers. In a statement released late Thursday, the world's
largest cruise line announced that the Carnival Legend is experiencing mechanical issues related to the ship's sailing speed. The vessel's
safety systems and hotel services are
reportedly working normally; but because of the reduced sailing speed,
passengers will have to forgo their visit to Grand Cayman and return to the
homeport of Tampa, FL, on Sunday.
The Carnival Legend successfully made its scheduled call in Mahogany Bay,
Roatan, on Thursday, after visiting Cozumel
and Costa Maya earlier this week. Because of the final
destination cancellation, guests will each receive a 0 credit, full
refund for Grand Cayman and 50% off their
next Carnival cruise.
This news comes on the heels of the Carnival
Triumph fiasco in February when an engine-room
fire left the ship stranded in the Gulf of Mexico for four days. Over 4,200
passengers suffered without air
conditioning, working toilets or the endless buffets they were promised, until
tug boats were finally able to pull the vessel into an Alabama port.
Grounded ships aren't
Carnival's only recent problem. A power outage plagued the Carnival Dream on Wednesday when some toilets stopped working, and no one was permitted to exit the ship,
despite the fact that it was docked in St.
Maarten at the time.
What do you make of Carnival's many technical issues? Comment below!
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