Carnival Glory Experiences Propulsion Problems

February 25, 2005
Passengers onboard Carnival Glory last week were faced with altered itineraries as the ship suffered problems related to its standard propulsion speed -- which slowed it down.

Folks who departed on the February 19 voyage were slated to call at St. Thomas and St. Maarten; they sailed instead to Freeport and Key West. Nassau was the only original port to keep its call. Passengers sailing on the impacted trip received a $100 per-person onboard credit -- or were given the opportunity to take advantage of Carnival's Vacation Guarantee, and offered free air transportation to port of origination (Orlando for Port Canaveral) and a pro-rated refund for the unused portion of their cruise. Carnival Glory is expected to arrive back at Port Canaveral for the conclusion of the voyage on Saturday, as planned.

In a statement, Carnival reports that "technicians have made a partial repair" and that "they continue to assess the situation." The cruise line indicated in the statement that it believes the ship will be able to sail its planned seven-night Western Caribbean cruise, which leaves tomorrow (Saturday). Ports of call include Key West, Belize, Cozumel and Progreso/Yucatan.

Editor's Note: this week's cruise, which departed on February 26 and features a Western Caribbean itinerary, is operating without delays according to a Carnival spokesman.