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Carnival Fantasy experiences technical problems, changes ship itinerary

File photo from 2006 of the Carnival Fantasy. The ship experienced a propulsion problem that affected its maximum cruising speed Monday, causing it to change its itinerary.
File photo from 2006 of the Carnival Fantasy. The ship experienced a propulsion problem that affected its maximum cruising speed Monday, causing it to change its itinerary. AP

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Fantasy was stalled for several hours at PortMiami on Monday after a technical issue forced the cruise line to change the ship’s itinerary.

The cruise experienced a propulsion problem that affected its maximum cruising speed, according to a statement from Carnival. As a result, the 2,000-passenger ship changed its planned 5-day itinerary with stops in Key West and Cozumel to a route that includes Nassau, Bahamas and Freeport, Jamaica as ports of call.

A performance by comedian Kathy Griffin scheduled for Cozumel on Wednesday has been canceled. Guests who purchased tickets to Griffin’s performance will receive full refunds, according to a statement. The cruise line said its trying to arrange an entertainer to be flown in for the cruise.

The ship was repositioned from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale to PortMiami on Monday but was delayed due to clearance issues, causing the cruise line to push back the Fantasy’s sailing time from 4 p.m. to about 9 p.m, a Carnival spokesman said.

Jerry Grossman, a Chicago truck-company owner who is traveling on the Fantasy with his wife, said the ship was supposed to start loading passengers at 3 p.m., but instead told passengers to come back around 7 p.m.

“They say its safe as far as restaurants and sleeping,” Grossman said. “I wouldn’t want to get out there and hit some major weather and not have power.”

Earlier this month, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas faced hurricane-force winds and 30-foot waves when the ship was caught in a violent storm off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It sailed safely back to its home port in New Jersey several days later.

Carnival said its guests will receive a $50 per person onboard credit and a 25 percent discount off a future cruise. Inclement weather is not expected in the Bahamas or Jamaica this week.

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