Cruise Hive has been informed that Carnival Liberty is spending an overnight docked at its home port in Galveston, Texas. The reason the ship is spending more time than usual at the port is due to much-needed repair work on the bow thrusters.
The 110,000 gross ton vessel arrived a day early as scheduled at the port of Galveston. Carnival Cruise line altered the voyage from a 5-day sailing to a 4-day so the repairs could be done. Guests were already informed on the planned changes before the voyage started. Guests had an option to cancel their trip or to receive a partial refund for the shorter sailing along with an onboard credit.
Carnival Liberty arrived today and guests have been given an option if they want to stay onboard overnight and disembark as scheduled or disembark the ship today. Our source tells us 1,100 passengers left the ship today. Carnival Cruise Line communicated any changes with the guests and all went smoothly.
We’ve been told a large hole is being cut on the side of the ship and seems like two units are being replaced. Workers can be seen preparing for the big job ahead. The terminal building in Galveston now looks empty with mainly crew members going on land to get supplies for the cruise ahead.
Carnival Liberty has struggled to dock recently due to a bow thrusters issue which first occurred three weeks ago. The ship has needed help from local tug boats when docking at ports of call. At times tug boats have not been available forcing the ship to miss ports.
The current repairs are expected to be completed ready for the next scheduled cruise on Thursday, May 26. The ship will sail a 4-night sailing to Cozumel, Mexico and guests will be arriving as normal tomorrow.