Celebration Limps Back To Galveston

September 4, 2003
Carnival’s Celebration is limping back to Galveston after experiencing technical malfunction with its port-side propulsion system, which has reduced the ship’s speed.
The ship, built in 1987 and currently sailing Western Caribbean itineraries – this one a five-day trip that called at ports such as Cozumel and Playa del Carmen -- was slated to return to Galveston this morning, Thursday, at 7 a.m.; arrival time is now pegged at 7 p.m., a full 12 hours later.
As a result Carnival, according to news reports, has revamped the ship’s next cruise from a four-day Western Caribbean trip to a three-day all-sea itinerary. Passengers who were slated to depart today will still be able to sleep on Celebration tonight – though boarding will be fairly late (as the ship won’t even arrive until 7 p.m. and crew members need time to turn it around). A Carnival spokeswoman anticipates embarkation will begin at around 10 p.m., though that’s not necessarily a definite time.  
Carnival Celebration is now slated for a 4 p.m. departure on Friday. Those who opt out of the shortened cruise will get a full refund and 50 percent off on a future four- or five-day trip. Those still planning to sail will get a $300 stateroom credit and a future 50 percent discount.  The cruise line is providing air rescheduling and accommodation assistance to travelers who, onboard today, will miss flights.
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