The Carnival Elation cruise ship has been suffering from propulsion issues and has been forced to cancel two port of calls.
Carnival Elation Issues
Passengers who were on Carnival Elation’s January 11 5-day eastern Caribbean sailing out of Port Canaveral had to experience two port cancelations due to propulsion issues. The cruise line has confirmed that the Fantasy-class vessel is suffering from sailing at its maximum cruising speed.
This has meant that the scheduled call in Amber Cover, Dominican Republic on January 13 never took place. The scheduled call at Grand Turk was also canceled which didn’t go down well with guests. The ship also stopped for hours in the middle of the ocean according to guests.
The reason for skipping Grand Turk was apparently due to high winds but according to many social passengers at the time, the sea was calm with only minimal winds. The Fantasy-class cruise ship ended up docking in Nassau before sailing back to her homeport in Florida leaving guests with none of the expected island calls.
Carnival Cruise Line did provide $50 of onboard credit for each canceled call and any pre-booked shore excursions through the cruise line were also refunded.
Carnival Elation last underwent a dry dock in 2017 and the next one is scheduled to begin on March 2, 2020, so let’s hope the issues can be fixed and she can be like new once again. The ship entered service in 1998 and is relatively new compared to her sister ships. She is 71,900 gross tons with a guest capacity of over 2,000 at double occupancy.
The ship is currently sailing a 4-day Bahama cruise with calls in Nassau and Freeport. So far there have not been any reports of propulsion issues.
It hasn’t been a good time recently for the Carnival cruise ship as she also accidentally spilled grey water while docked in Port Canaveral. The spill was due to valve failure and the cruise line stated no sewage was spilled.