Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor has suffered technical issues on board which has affected the ships’ maximum speed.
Therefore, two ports on the current itinerary were omitted in order for the ship to reach Miami on the 5th March. Guests on board missed calls to St Thomas and Carnival’s private island retreat, Amber Cove.
Carnival have a team in place to try and repair the problem with the main emphasis of getting the ship back to Miami for repairs there and embarkation of new guests.
Guests on board have been informed that they each will recieve $100pp on board credit, with also a 50% refund and a 50% future cruise credit.
The ship had been on a 7 night cruise from Miami which departed on the 26th February when problems developed on Thursday.
Guests that are booked on the 5th March sailing on Carnival Splendour have been emailed by the cruise line informing them of the situation. The 5th March sailing was scheduled to depart Miami for a 7 night itinerary to Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay and Grand Cayman before arriving back into Miami on 12th March. However, Cruise Hive are reporting that the itinerary has been changed to a Bahamas one instead, calling at Nassau (overnight) and Freeport and three days at sea before arriving back to Miami on the 12th.
Carnival Splendor has been no stranger to power outages and breakdowns in recent years. In November 2010, a fire broke out in the ship’s engine rooms which saw the ship lose power and drift off the Californian coast whilst on a Mexican Riviera cruise. She was towed back to the Mexican port of Ensenada where passengers were disembarked and transported across the border and back to California.
Carnival Splendor’s time with Carnival Cruise Line will come to an end in 2019 when she transfers to fellow Carnival Corporation brand, P&O Cruises Australia. She will then be the largest ship ever for P&O Cruises Australia.
Source: Change of Itinerary: Cruise Hive
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