It’s being reported that the Carnival Miracle has been having “technical issues” with the ships propulsion and as a result Carnival Cruise Lines have had to change future itineraries.
The ship has been unable to cruise at its maximum of 21 knots which is reducing the ships speed. 15 future port visits to Ketchikan, Alaska have been cancelled from May 25th 2014. Visits to Juneau, Alaska and Victoria, B.C. are to be extended to make up for the loss. The calls before that on May 4th, May 11th and May 18th are scheduled as normal.
Here is a statement released to Cruise Hive from Carnival:
Carnival Miracle has experienced a technical issue that is only impacting the ship’s maximum cruising speed. All safety and hotel systems are operating normally. The technical issue has resulted in the reduction of the maximum cruising speed from 21 knots to 18 – 20 knots depending on wind and sea conditions. The repair will be completed during the scheduled drydock in early 2015. Until that time, some itinerary modifications will be required for the Alaska and Hawaii cruises this summer and fall. The required itinerary changes are:
May 6 and May 13 – Sitka will replace the scheduled call in Skagway May 20 through August 26 – The scheduled call in Ketchikan will be cancelled and the calls in Juneau and Victoria will be extended September 18 (16 day Hawaii): The scheduled two day call in Maui will be shortened to one full day/evening call and the sequence of ports will be changed. All of the scheduled Hawaii ports will be offered.
Please note that the April 28 and September 2 Alaska itineraries will not require changes. The port sequence will change for the September 10 itinerary, but all the scheduled ports will be offered. In addition, itinerary changes will not be required for the 16 day Hawaii cruise that departed from Los Angeles on April 12.
Guests on the May 6 through August 26 cruises and the September 18 cruise will receive a $50 per person onboard credit and a 25 percent discount on a future cruise. Guests will also have the opportunity to cancel the cruise and receive a full refund if desired.
Carnival sincerely apologizes to its guests for the necessary itinerary changes on the Alaska and Hawaii cruises.
Several other voyages will also be changed in the months of June, July, August and September but mainly only arrival and departure times. The propulsion issue won’t be repaired until the Carnival Miracle goes into drydock in 2015.