Carnival Splendor Is Sailing on Revised Itinerary to the Bahamas

(SouthernCruising.com Lizz Dinnigan) Carnival Splendor is sailing on a revised itinerary to two Bahamas ports this week as the ship's propulsion is slower due to engine issues. The cruise line's technical team is working on the issue. // Photo copyright by SouthernCruising.com. Photo by Lizz Dinnigan.

Carnival Splendor docked at Miami as planned on Sunday morning, disembarking those passengers who sailed on last week's less-port-intensive cruise.

Due to propulsion issues, the line had been forced to cancel port calls at St. Thomas and Amber Cove

Guests on that voyage ending Sunday received a 50 percent refund and a 50 percent credit toward a future cruise, as well as a $100 per person shipboard credit. 

Second Voyage Affected

Over the weekend, though, the line confirmed that Carnival Splendor is still experiencing that technical issue that's affecting the vessel’s maximum cruising speed. "The ship’s technical team is currently working on assessing the repairs," the statement said.

So, the seven-day cruise that departed on Sunday has a sizably modified itinerary. With its engine issues, the ship simply can't go as fast as planned. 

The new, modified itinerary will include an overnight stay in Nassau and a full day in Freeport, both in the Bahamas.

That's a big change, as the ship won't even get to the Caribbean. Originally, this cruise's itinerary included port calls in Grand Cayman; Belize City; Mahogany Bay in Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico.

In addition to being closer to south Florida, the Bahamas is also home to Grand Bahama shipyard, where Carnival Splendor received a drydock update last year. Those shipyard resources could prove helpful to Carnival as it works to fix the propulsion issue.  

Guests who opted to sail on this revised itinerary are now receiving a 50 percent refund of their cruise fare and a 50 percent future cruise credit, as well as a $100 per person credit posted to their shipboard accounts.

Carnival also said it had allowed guests on this cruise the option of canceling and receiving a full refund.

"We sincerely apologize for this disruption to our guests’ vacation plans," Carnival said in its statement. 

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