Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Carnival Destiny Thruster Issues Cause Last Minute Schedule Change

Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Destiny
Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Destiny

As of 7 PM last night,  the Carnival Destiny was still dockside in Miami.  Carnival Cruise Lines has announced an itinerary change for the Jan. 21 departure of the Carnival Destiny, due to problems with the ship’s stern thrusters. The stern thrusters are used primarily to help the ship move sideways. 

Regrettably the Carnival had to replaced calls at Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay with Key West and Freeport. The itinerary was changed to Freeport in the Bahamas and Key West, Florida because both port have tugs which can help the ship dock and undock.  

The thruster issue does not compromise safety of the ship.

The modified itinerary is scheduled to depart Miami at 4 p.m. Jan. 21 and call at Key West Jan. 23, Freeport Jan. 24 and Nassau on Jan. 25, returning to Miami on Jan. 26. The Carnival Destiny did eventually sail from Miami at around 8 PM . 

Guest had the option to cancel for a full refund or to continue on the cruise and receive a $50-per-person onboard credit. 

On February 2nd the Carnival Destiny will sail on an 18 Day transatlantic cruise. At the end of the cruise, she will proceed to Italy's Fincantieri Shipyard for a $155 Million dollar transformation into the Carnival Sunshine. 


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