The Carnival Legend, which is on a 7 night cruise to the Caribbean, is headed back to Tampa with propulsion problems. The ship had to skip a scheduled stop in the port of Grand Cayman so the ship can head back to Florida for repairs. The cruise ship should arrive as scheduled on Sunday morning.
The ship has full power and none of the hotel or safety systems have been affected. The Legend is moving at a reduced speed of 14 knots (16 mph). The problem is with one of the ship’s Azipod units that affects the speed that the cruise ship can travel.
Passengers on board will receive a $100 per person credit to their stateroom and 50% off a future Carnival cruise. Guests will also receive a full refund for any prepaid shore excursions that were planned in Grand Cayman.
This latest news does not come at a good time for Carnival. It was just over a month ago when the Triumph was making daily headlines on all the major news networks when the ship had a fire break out in one of its engine rooms. Yesterday the Carnival Dream, one of Carnival’s newest and largest cruise ships, had to shorten and cancel a cruise due to a faulty generator.
Carnival has yet to make any public statement regarding this latest problem. However, this problem is not as severe compared to what happened to the Triumph and the Dream. Cruise ships do run into problems like this every now and then. However, due to the recent problems with Carnival, it will get blown out of proportion by the news media and general public.
Last spring, the Caribbean Princess had propulsion problems and ended up cancelling two cruises so repairs could be made in San Juan.
The Legend left Tampa, Florida on Sunday and made stops in the port of Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Mahogany Run, Roatan. The ship has been in service since 2002 and can carry 2,100 passengers and 930 crew members.
Cruise Fever will continue to monitor the situation with the Legend and update this page as more information becomes available.