Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its cruise cancellations, adding two more sailings to the four previously canceled due to ongoing repairs on the Carnival Panorama.
Due to pending engine repairs on Carnival Panorama, the Vista-class cruise ship is not expected to re-enter service before December 23 this year.
According to the cruise line, additional cancellations must be made in light of limited dry dock facilities.
Yesterday, CruiseRadio received word from Carnival:
|“The ship was taken out of service at the conclusion of the Nov. 4 voyage, and we initially cancelled four cruises (Nov. 11, Nov. 18, Nov. 26, and Dec. 2) to complete the repair work.
Access to a dry dock facility was limited and while we were able to secure a shipyard in Oregon, we do not have immediate access to the facility and need more time to complete the work. Consequently, two additional voyages (Dec. 9, and Dec. 16) are being cancelled.
Guests and travel agents are being notified of the additional two cancellations and we expect the ship to return to service for the Dec. 23 departure.”
Carnival has already begun updating passengers who booked Panorama’s December 9 and 16 sailings. The company has promised a full refund on cruise fares and a reimbursement allowance for non-refundable travel expenses. It also offers future cruise credits that can be used towards other Carnival itineraries.
Carnival Panorama Cancellations
- November 11
- November 18
- November 28
- December 2
- December 9
While on Panorama’s November 4 cruise, the ship began encountering problems, prompting the crew to skip two of its three port stops. The technical issue has affected the vessel’s cruising speed. At most, it can only sail at half speed of around 9.6 knots an hour.
Typically, Panorama follows a Mexican Riviera route from Long Beach, calling on Cabo, Mazatlan, and Puerta Vallarta. With each one-way voyage spanning over 1,000 miles, a significantly reduced cruising speed would have hampered its ability to follow its seven-night itineraries.
The cruise line estimates that Panorama will be ready to sail again on December 23. Coincidentally, it’s also the date when Carnival Jubilee debuts in Texas.