Carnival Cruise Line has informed those guests booked for the March 5 sailing that the itinerary has been changed.
We posted on Thursday that Carnival Splendor is having technical issues with its maximum cruising speed. The ship was forced to cancel the last two ports of call on its February 26 sailing. It has now come to light that more time will be needed to fix the issue after an assessment was done.
A new itinerary has been approved for the upcoming cruise which is scheduled to depart PortMiami, Florida on Sunday, March 5. The Carnival Splendor will sail a Bahamas itinerary instead of the Western Caribbean cruise and will arrive back in Miami on March 12 as normal.
Sun: Miami, FL 4:00 PM
Mon: Nassau, The Bahamas 9:00 AM Overnight
Tue: Nassau, The Bahamas Overnight 5:00 PM
Wed: Fun Day At Sea
Thu: Fun Day At Sea
Fri: Freeport, The Bahamas 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Sat: Fun Day At Sea
Sun: Miami, FL 6:00 AM
Repairs will likely take place when the vessel is spending an overnight in the Nassau. This will give workers the time to install any new materials and even do repairs on the outside which would not be possible while at sea.
Carnival Cruise Line has apologized to passengers for the inconvenience and is giving compensation. Guests will receive a 50% refund of their cruise fare and a 50% credit towards a future cruise. The cruise line will also give $100 onboard credit to all guests. Any pre-purchased shore excursions and port fees will be refunded back onto the onboard Sail & Sign account.
Carnival Splendor is a 113,300 gross ton vessel which can carry over 3,000 passengers at double occupancy. Another Carnival ship is also having issues with its maximum cruising speed, read about it all here.