Update: Second Carnival Legend Sailing Alters Course Due to Propulsion Problems

March 18, 2013
Update, 12:00 p.m. EDT: Carnival Legend's March 17 sailing departed as scheduled. The ship is expected to operate as normal, but continuing propulsion problems will necessitate the replacement of a port call to Grand Cayman with a stop in Costa Maya. Repairs to the propulsion system are "ongoing," a spokesman said.

(March 15, 1:43 p.m. EDT) -- In the wake of an engine-room fire that crippled Carnival Triumph and a faulty generator that forced Carnival Dream to cut short and cancel cruises, yet another Carnival ship has been hit by a mechanical malfunction.

Carnival Legend reported problems yesterday with an Azipod propulsion unit -- controlling the ship's speed -- that has changed its current itinerary and left it limping towards port in Tampa at 14 knots (16 mph), according to passengers onboard.

Cruise Critic was tipped off to the ship's problems by multiple readers -- some of whom are onboard and others who have family on the ship.

Although Carnival has not responded to a request for information, Cruise Critic member Ryan Ruggiero passed on a statement from the line, which reads:

"Carnival Legend is experiencing a technical issue with one of the ship's Azipod units that is affecting the vessel's sailing speed. The ship's safety systems and hotel services are all functioning normally.

"The vessel made its scheduled call today in Mahogany Bay, Roatan, in addition to visiting Cozumel and Costa Maya earlier in the week. Because of the reduction in sailing speed, tomorrow's visit to Grand Cayman has been cancelled and the ship will proceed to its homeport of Tampa, where it is expected to arrive on Sunday as scheduled.

Guests on the current voyage will receive a $100 per person credit and a full refund on pre-purchased shore excursions for Grand Cayman. In addition, guests will receive 50 percent off a future Carnival cruise."

The 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend is returning from a 7-night Caribbean cruise that departed Tampa March 10.

Carnival Legend is the third Carnival Cruise Lines ship in the space of week to deal with mechanical problems. In addition to the faulty generator on Carnival Dream, Carnival Elation experienced an issue with the steering function of one of its two Azipod units Saturday, March 9. The Azipod had to be taken offline and though the ship is able to steer with the remaining Azipod, Carnival requested a tugboat escort as Elation maneuvered away from the dock in New Orleans and into the river.

--by Jamey Bergman, U.K. Production Editor