Repairs have been completed on the Carnival Fantasy, allowing the ship to operate at full speed, according to a statement from Carnival Cruise Line provided to Travel Agent.
Friday the ship had been forced to cancel a planned call at Cozumel, Mexico, due to a technical issue with the propulsion system that affected the ship's maximum cruising speed. While plans at the time had called for the Carnival Fantasy to sail a “cruise to nowhere” out of Mobile, AL, the repairs were completed in time for the ship to instead call at Key West, FL, on Saturday, Carnival said.
Guests on the cruise had the option of canceling and receiving a full refund, disembarking prior to the ship’s departure from Mobile Friday, or staying onboard and sailing on the modified itinerary. Guests who chose to sail received a 50 percent refund of the cruise fare and a $50 onboard credit, as well as a 50 percent credit towards a future cruise, Carnival said.
“We are very pleased that our technicians were able to complete the needed repairs and we are able to offer our guests a visit to the charming and historic town of Key West,” the cruise line said. “Future voyages of Carnival Fantasy are scheduled to operate on their normal itineraries.”
Carnival Fantasy’s next scheduled itinerary is a five-night western Caribbean cruise departing April 17 with scheduled stops at Progreso and Cozumel, followed by a five-night western Caribbean cruise departing April 22 calling at Costa Maya and Cozumel. After that, the ship is scheduled to sail a four-night western Caribbean cruise departing April 27 and calling at Cozumel.