Update: Repairs Force Carnival Magic to Alter Cruise Itinerary

November 15, 2011

Update, 5:45 p.m. EST: "Repairs are proceeding well and we plan to have the necessary work and testing completed prior to arrival in Cozumel," said the line in a statement sent to Cruise Critic. "The ship's call at Cozumel tomorrow is expected to occur as scheduled."

(November 16, 11:45 a.m. EST) -- It's not even a year old, and Carnival Magic is already experiencing technical problems that are forcing the ship to alter its itinerary.

One of the ship's stern thrusters is in need of repair, says a Carnival company statement, and to complete the work, the ship must stay overnight in Progreso, Mexico, this Wednesday into Thursday, skipping a call on Costa Maya. The ship will visit Cozumel as scheduled on Friday.

Passengers will receive a $25 per person onboard credit. Carnival apologizes for the itinerary change and states that "the technical problem does not compromise the ship's safety and all other systems and hotel services are functioning normally."

The ship is currently sailing a six-night Mexico cruise out of Galveston, the first cruise from its new Texas homeport after an inaugural season in Europe.

--by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor