At least passengers get fair warning -- Carnival is announcing that, due to propulsion problems on its new Carnival Miracle, it has canceled the August 28 sailing in order to put the ship into dry dock.
Affected passengers are being offered several options -- all of which sail, roundtrip, from Miracle's summer home port of New York:
Rebook on any Carnival Miracle voyage between June 12 - August 21; guests receive a $200 onboard credit per stateroom.
Opt for Carnival Legend's eight night sailing to the Eastern Caribbean. It departs on August 27; that entitles folks to a $100 onboard credit per stateroom.
Or, choose Carnival Victory's five-night Canada/New England cruise; it departs August 28 and the compensation is $200 onboard credit per stateroom.
Alternatively, passengers can ask for a full refund or rebook on any 2004 - 2005 sailing (the latter folks receive a $100 per-cabin onboard credit).
According to a Carnival spokeswoman, the propulsion problem relates to a seal on a bearing in the starboard azipod unit. The company has taken interim action and does not anticipate the need to cancel any other voyages this summer.
The 88,500-ton, 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle is sailing weeklong cruises to the Bahamas this summer from New York.