The cruise ship Carnival Fantasy suffered propulsion problem during the voyage to Cozumel in Mexico on April 14. The vessel cancelled the call at the port and informed guests that will stay at sea and take ship on a three-night “Cruise to Nowhere”. The technicians and ship engineers took immediate actions to repair the propulsion problem and returned the full power, so Carnival Fantasy continue voyage with call at Key West on April 15 with a midday arrival and ended as normal back in its homeport of Mobile, Alabama on April 17. The company released that all future cruises will remain unchanged, as next scheduled itinerary is a five-night western Caribbean cruise departing April 17 with scheduled stops at Progreso and Cozumel.
“The ship is now operating at full speed. While the ship will not be able to make its originally scheduled call in Cozumel, we are now able to add a visit to Key West to the itinerary”, said the Vice President Corporate Communications for the Carnival Cruise Line, Jennifer De La Cruz. “Guests on this cruise had the option of cancelling, receiving a full refund and disembarking prior to the ship’s departure from Mobile yesterday or staying on board and sailing on the modified itinerary which was originally expected to be a cruise to nowhere. Guests who chose to sail are receiving a 50% refund of their cruise fare and a 50 USD on-board credit, as well as a 50% credit towards a future cruise. 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. Future voyages of Carnival Fantasy are scheduled to operate on their normal itineraries”, added she.
Carnival Fantasy (IMO: 8700773) is the lead ship of the Fantasy-class of cruise ships operated by American/British company Carnival Cruise Line. The vessel was built in 1990 by STX Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland. The cruise ship has overall length of 260.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 8.10 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 7,200 DWT and the gross tonnage is 70,367 GRT. The cruise ship Carnival Fantasy has capacity for 2,052 passengers and 920 crew.