The Carnival Elation which has been impacted by a number of issues has canceled the scheduled call to one cruise port in the Caribbean.
Carnival Elation Issues
The Fantasy-class Carnival Elation cruise ship has canceled a port of call during its 5-day eastern Caribbean cruise. The ship was originally scheduled to sail to Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic today but is instead having a fun day at sea.
Carnival Cruise Line released a letter to all guests onboard the current sailing that the reason was due to unfavorable weather conditions which caused a delay at Port Canaveral, following departure yesterday the ship needed to return briefly for a medical emergency and the ship is suffering from a maximum cruising speed issue.
Here is the letter which the ship captain sent out which details the situation:
Dear Carnival Elation Guest,
As mentioned in my announcement, yesterday we encountered unfavorable weather conditions that caused our turnaround in Port Canaveral to run later than planned. Following departure, we had to return to port to conduct an urgent medical evacuation for one of our guests. In addition, our team is working to resolve an issue that is affecting our maximum cruising speed.
As a result of these reasons, we will not be able to visit Amber Cove. We will have a fun day at sea tomorrow and proceed to Grand Turk, as scheduled. We know you were looking forward to our time in Amber Cove and we sincerely apologize for this unexpected change of plans.
An onboard credit of US$50, per person, will be posted to your Sail & Sign account so you can enjoy something on us. Also, pre-purchased Carnival tours, as well as taxes, fees, and port expenses, for Amber Cove will be automatically refunded to your Sail & Sign account.
We sincerely apologize for this unexpected change of plans and thank you for your understanding. Please continue to enjoy your day.
As mentioned in the letter, the Carnival Elation will still call at Grant Turk on Tuesday, February 25 as normal and arrive back into Port Canaveral, Florida on February 27.
Guests are receiving $50 onboard credit to make up for the missed call and any pre-purchased shore excursions through the cruise line are being refunded along with any port fees and taxes.
This follows news of the Carnival Pride being delayed at the port of Baltimore due to bad weather conditions and also technical issues with the maximum cruising speed which was later fixed. You can read more about that right here.
Carnival Elation has had technical issues in the past as posted here. The vessel entered service in 1998 fro Carnival Cruise Line and its most recent dry dock was in 2017. However, the ship is currently scheduled to go into dry dock next month. The ship is 71,909 gross tons and has a passenger capacity of 2,130 at double occupancy.