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

March 21, 2013

(10:29 a.m. EST) -- Carnival Legend's March 24 sailing will again replace a scheduled call on Grand Cayman with a stop in Costa Maya, the third sailing to do so, because of a problem with one of its Azipod propulsion units. To accommodate the port change, the order of the remaining ports of call also will be adjusted.

The propulsion problem is reducing the ship's maximum sailing speed; all safety systems and hotel services are functioning normally. Technicians continue to work on the issue, Carnival said in a statement. Carnival Legend's Azipod system first began experiencing technical difficulties during its March 9 cruise.

Carnival Legend sails seven-night Caribbean cruises roundtrip from Tampa. Passengers on the affected sailing have the option of canceling and receiving a full refund or rescheduling for a future departure date.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor