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Carnival Liberty Cancels Cruise; Adjusts Two More

Update: Carnival has cancelled a second trip departing November 5 due to the same issue. If you are booked on this cruise, Carnival should be in touch with details on a refund.

Carnival Liberty was recently delayed in returning to Galveston, and now we are finding out why. An issue with the ship’s alternators/generators have caused it to have trouble maintaining top speed.

While the ship was delayed getting back to Galveston, investigation into the problem revealed that it was more difficult to fix than previously thought. As a result, the cruise line has cancelled the current cruise (which was already set to start later than originally scheduled) and has adjusted two future cruises to accommodate the new schedule.

Guests on the cancelled cruise will be reimbursed the cost of their cruise, plus credit for a future cruise as well. In addition, they will receive a stipend of $90 per person.

Here is Carnival’s full statement, courtesy of CruiseLawNews.com:

“The cruise ship Carnival Liberty, which is homeported in Galveston, Texas, is experiencing a technical issue which is affecting the ship’s maximum cruising speed. The issue is only affecting the ship’s speed and all other systems are operating normally. The ship arrived in Galveston yesterday and since then we have been working with outside technical experts which we brought on to help us confirm our repair plan.

Guests had boarded the vessel yesterday in anticipation of sailing, however, outside technical experts, together with the ship’s technical team, conducted a deeper inspection of one of the diesel generators overnight and uncovered an additional problem not previously known. It has now been determined that one of the alternators cannot be readily fixed. This means the ship will not be able to maintain the sufficient speed needed to operate the itinerary as planned and unfortunately we must cancel today’s cruise.

Guests scheduled to sail on this voyage will receive a full refund of their cruise, along with a 100 percent future cruise credit and $90 per person reimbursement representing a previously promised onboard credit and stipend for meals in Galveston yesterday.

While repairs are ongoing, the itinerary for the ship’s next two voyages will be modified, as well. The Nov. 5 five-day cruise will include a full day call in Cozumel, however, the call in Progreso will be cancelled. The Nov. 10 four-day cruise will include a call in Progreso instead of Cozumel. Guests sailing on these voyages will receive a $50 per person credit to their shipboard accounts and a 25 percent discount on a future Carnival cruise. Guests also have the option of cancelling and receiving a full refund. Voyages departing Nov. 14 and beyond are scheduled to operate their normal itinerary.

We sincerely apologize to our guests for this disruption in their vacation plans.”

Are you scheduled on one of these cruises? Let other people know what you plan to do in the comments below.

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