Lights Out: Cruise Ship Loses Power at Sea

July 1, 2010
(10:15 a.m.) -- Carnival Fascination passengers were dancing in the dark on Wednesday after a power outage left the ship adrift at sea for several hours. The cruise line confirms to Cruise Critic this morning that the outage was due to a "technical malfunction"; exact details were not available at press time, though a statement from the cruise line says a marine surveyor boarded the ship this morning to inspect the ship and determine the cause.

We're still awaiting confirmation on how long, and between what hours, the power was out.

Carnival Fascination was on its way back to its turnaround port of Jacksonville after a five-day Bahamas cruise when the outage occurred, and resumed course once the power was restored. The ship arrived to the Florida homeport about 3 hours late -- at 10 a.m. this morning instead of 7 -- due to the power outage as well as having to wait for better tidal conditions near the port.

The impact on passengers booked on today's cruise is minimal; embarkation will be delayed until 1:30, but the ship is expected to set sail on time, at approximately 4 p.m. However, disembarking passengers who independently booked early flights home may need to scramble for new air travel arrangements.

Carnival is offering disembarking passengers compensation for the delay and the hours without power in the form of a 20 percent discount on a future two- to five-day cruise.

--by Melissa Paloti, Managing Editor

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