Update: Carnival Propulsion Problems Fixed

February 17, 2010
Update, 11:45 EST: According to a Carnival spokesman, "The propulsion problem has been fixed and the ship is now sailing at its normal speed. Carnival Legend departed Cozumel yesterday and will call at Costa Maya today. On its original itinerary, Carnival Legend was to be in Grand Cayman yesterday and Cozumel today. The two remaining ports on the itinerary, Belize and Roatan, will operate as scheduled."

(February 16, 4 p.m. EST) -- For the second time in three weeks, pod propulsion issues have impacted a Carnival cruise ship's ability to reach top speed.

According to a statement from the line, the 88,500-ton, 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend pulled into its Tampa homeport at 3 p.m. on Sunday, several hours late. The late arrival affected the following cruise, whose departure was delayed by roughly six hours until 10 p.m. on Sunday night. As a result, today's scheduled call in Grand Cayman was replaced with a call in Cozumel.

The line could not yet say how the remainder of the itinerary would play out.

In the same statement, Carnival said that the issue was only affecting Carnival Legend's speed and that all other onboard systems are operating normally.

A propulsion issue on Carnival Destiny in late January forced that ship into weeklong dry-dock; a Carnival spokesman told us the line is trying to fix Legend's problem now.

Stay tuned.

--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor