Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Liberty has experienced some technical problems which has affected the ships speed and subsequently delayed the ship’s arrival in Galveston yesterday.
As a result, the ship cannot maintain the highest speed which is required for the next cruise which was supposed to depart Galveston last night but the ship was still berthed in Galveston this morning and thus the cruise line has subsequently cancelled the cruise. The next two sailings have also been altered with both missing calls to Progreso on the 5th November sailing and Cozumel on the 10th November sailing.
Carnival have issued a statement regarding the issues affecting Carnival Liberty.
“The cruise ship Carnival Liberty, which is homeported in Galveston, Texas, is experiencing a technical issue which is affecting the ship’s maximum cruising speed. The issue is only affecting the ship’s speed and all other systems are operating normally. The ship arrived in Galveston yesterday and since then we have been working with outside technical experts which we brought on to help us confirm our repair plan.
Guests had boarded the vessel yesterday in anticipation of sailing, however, outside technical experts, together with the ship’s technical team, conducted a deeper inspection of one of the diesel generators overnight and uncovered an additional problem not previously known. It has now been determined that one of the alternators cannot be readily fixed. This means the ship will not be able to maintain the sufficient speed needed to operate the itinerary as planned and unfortunately we must cancel today’s cruise.
Guests scheduled to sail on this voyage will receive a full refund of their cruise, along with a 100 percent future cruise credit and $90 per person reimbursement representing a previously promised onboard credit and stipend for meals in Galveston yesterday.
While repairs are ongoing, the itinerary for the ship’s next two voyages will be modified, as well. The Nov. 5 five-day cruise will include a full day call in Cozumel, however, the call in Progreso will be cancelled. The Nov. 10 four-day cruise will include a call in Progreso instead of Cozumel. Guests sailing on these voyages will receive a $50 per person credit to their shipboard accounts and a 25 percent discount on a future Carnival cruise. Guests also have the option of cancelling and receiving a full refund. Voyages departing Nov. 14 and beyond are scheduled to operate their normal itinerary.
We sincerely apologize to our guests for this disruption in their vacation plans.”
Carnival Liberty was launched in 2005 and with a tonnage of 110,000grt and length of 952 feet, she can accommodate 2974 passengers and 1160 crew and operates 2-7 night cruises to the Caribbean from her home-port of Galveston.