TAMPA BAY - Another Carnival cruise ship - this one departing from Tampa - has an issue affecting the ship's ability to function at full capacity. The Carnival Legend has an issue with its propulsion systems, which means the ship can't reach full speed.
The Legend so far is the fourth and most recent Carnival cruise ship reported to have problems within the last few weeks, according to a CNN report. After the Triumph that left passengers without power at sea in mid-Feb, and before the Dream cruise that got stranded in St. Maarten ( http://wfts.tv/10Kr59n ), Carnival's Elation cruise had to be escorted by a tugboat Saturday because of a malfunction in its steering system, according to the company ( http://wfts.tv/ZTxm3Q ).
The Legend departed from Tampa on March 10 and was scheduled to return on Sunday. The ship was originally scheduled to visit Cozumel, Belize City, Honduras and Grand Cayman but will be skipping Grand Cayman and heading straight back to Tampa, according to Petty Officer Diaz of the U.S. Coast Guard.
The following statement was released late Thursday night:
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.
Carnival Legend is currently on the last leg of a seven-day Caribbean cruise that departed Tampa on Sunday, March 10.
According to the Coast Guard, the Carnival Legend says that there are no other problems and passenger comfort is not being compromised.
The cruise is on schedule and should be docking at the Tampa port 4:00 a.m. Sunday.