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Carnival Abruptly Swaps Ships in Florida

Sarah Bretz

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Carnival Liberty, homeported in Galveston, Texas is experiencing a technical issue which is affecting its maximum cruising speed.  Since all other systems are functioning normally, the ship is still capable of operating cruises at reduced speeds while Carnival tries to fix the problem.

What’s Next?

photo: Carnival

photo: Carnival

Because of this, Carnival Liberty will be swapping home ports and itineraries with Carnival Valor.  The remainder of Liberty‘s cruises this month will be modified, and then the vessel will enter an already-scheduled dry dock before repositioning to Port Canaveral on December 15.

The switch is happening because Carnival Valor is better suited to operate at the high speeds required for the four and five-day Mexico cruises from Galveston, and while Liberty has her speed problem, she’s better suited for the shorter voyages from central Florida.

Built only a year apart, Valor and Liberty are sister ships with similar staterooms, as well as Fun Ship 2.0 features like Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, and the RedFrog Rum Bar.

A Note for Guests

For guests being ship swapped, the cruise line will automatically transfer the reservations.  Affected sailings are now temporarily closed in the system as the reservations team prepares to make the important changes.  The work is expected to be done by the end of the month, at which point new confirmations will be sent to all guests and they’ll be able to access their reservations again.  Fly2Fun flights, transfers, dining choices, pre-paid gratuities, excursions, and spa reservations will all be maintained as originally booked.

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