January 24, 2011
Carnival Cruise Lines confirmed to Cruise Critic today that Carnival Triumph called in Grand Cayman on Monday instead of Belize, and Carnival Legend swapped its call for Costa Maya on Thursday.
The reason? Carnival says it will only call in Belize with "access to tenders that meet our standards for safe, comfortable and efficient transport for our guests to and from the shore."
Unfortunately, it had been unable to come to an agreement with local tender operators who are "in a state of disarray".
One ship -- Carnival Valor -- was able to make its call as planned on Thursday as the port had sufficient tenders available for one vessel.
Carnival says it is working to resolve the issue with the tender operators in Belize. Carnival Dream is due in on Tuesday and Carnival Glory is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday.
Belize is a popular port with cruisers thanks to its great diving spots and Mayan ruins (pictured).
At this point, the situation isn't impacting on any other cruise lines.
We'll keep you posted. --by Kelly Ranson. U.K. Editor