(5 p.m. EDT) -- Three Carnival Pride sailings have had their itineraries cut short by one port to account for an electrical transformer malfunction. According to Carnival PR frontman Vance Gulliksen, the glitch means the ship must sail more slowly than usual, so scheduled calls on Freeport have been scrapped on the ship's current sailing, as well as on its voyages departing April 6 and 13, to make up for lost time.
Gulliksen assures us that all "safety and hotel systems are operating normally." Repairs are taking place onboard during the scheduled sailings, and they're slated for completion by April 19.
Passengers on the current voyage, which departed on March 30, were each given $50 in onboard credit and 25 percent off a future cruise.
On the April 6 voyage, Freeport will be replaced with a call on Charleston, but calls on Port Canaveral and Nassau will remain as scheduled. Passengers will be offered 25 percent off a future cruise, or they have the option to cancel their bookings pre-cruise for a full refund.
The April 13 voyage will call only on Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay, with no substitute for the missed call on Freeport. Passengers on that sailing have the choice of cancelling for a full refund pre-cruise or opting for $50 per person in onboard credit and 25 percent off a future sailing.
Carnival Pride, which currently sails seven-night Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries from Baltimore, will relocate to Tampa this coming fall before returning to year-round sailing from Baltimore in spring 2015.