Update (3/11): Carnival tells us that Carnival Destiny returned to service, as scheduled, for the February 22 sailing and has experienced no propulsion troubles since.
If you're booked on a Carnival Destiny sailing in February, listen up: Carnival Cruise Lines will be canceling two of the ship's sailings -- and will modify three others -- to allow the ship to dry-dock for repairs to its propulsion system. The dry-dock will take place February 13 through 20.
Read on for information on the changes and the options Carnival is giving to passengers.
A five-night sailing, departing on February 13, will be canceled. Those booked on this sailing have the option of receiving credit for a future sailing and $100 in onboard credit (to be used on a cruise departing by December 15, 2011) or a full refund of the cruise price paid. Flight credits of $200 per person will also be issued to affected passengers who booked flights independently.
A four-night sailing, departing on February 18, will be canceled. Those booked on the February 18 sailing can choose from credit for a future cruise and $75 in onboard credit (to be used on a cruise departing by December 15, 2011) or a full refund of the cruise price paid. Flight credits of $200 per person will also be issued to affected passengers who booked flights independently. Note: A brand-new, two-night cruise to Nassau has been created, departing on February 20; those booked on the February 18 sailing will have to rebook if they would still like to sail from February 20-22.
A five-night cruise on January 30 will now visit Cozumel and Costa Maya instead of Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman. A four-night cruise on February 4 will visit Cozumel and skip a scheduled call in Key West, and a five-night sailing, departing February 8, will include stops in Freeport (rather than Grand Turk), Nassau and Half Moon Cay. Anyone booked on any of these modified sailings prior to January 25 will be eligible for onboard credit of $50 per person. There is also the option of a full refund or cruise credit in the full amount of the cruise fare paid.
A press release from Carnival stresses that the propulsion issue affects only the ship's sailing speed, so all of the ship's usual activities and amenities will still be available to passengers on the modified itineraries.
Carnival Destiny is expected to resume its regularly scheduled itineraries on February 22. We'll keep you posted.
--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor
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Carnival Cancels Two Sailings Due to Propulsion Troubles
January 26, 2010