UPDATE: After repairs were completed on Sunday afternoon, the Carnival Splendor was able to set sail on the altered itinerary mentioned in the story below.
Although scheduled to depart Long Beach, California, on Saturday afternoon, the Carnival Splendor was still in port as of Sunday afternoon thanks to a technical issue. And when the left the dock, it didn’t actually go very far!
What’s Causing The Delay
Generally speaking, it’s never a good sign when you wake up to a letter from the ship’s captain. But that’s what happened when Carnival Splendor‘s passengers were informed that their already-delayed departure was going to be extended. “As mentioned in my announcement earlier,” began a missive from the captain, “our team continues to work on the issue which is impacting the ship’s maximum cruising speed. A technician will be arriving (Sunday) morning to assist with the work that is needed. We will remain docked until 5 a.m. At that time, it will be necessary to move the ship away from the pier to clear the way for another vessel which will be embarking guests.”
Continuing, the note said, “We will remain anchored while they complete the work and will depart as soon as we are finished. Our plan is to operate a two-port itinerary to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta. Given the delay, it will be necessary to cancel our visit to Mazatlan. Guests will receive a [$50 per person] credit to their sail & sign account.” As usually happens in such circumstances, related taxes, fees and shore excursion related expenses are being refunded.
“Our activities and entertainment are in full swing,” concluded the Captain’s letter, “and we hope you are already enjoying all the fun my team has prepared for you. We are committed to providing you with a fun and memorable cruise. We are sorry for the impact this unexpected delay has had on your cruise and thank you for your patience and understanding. I will be back with another update [Monday] morning.”
As of Sunday afternoon, reports from social media indicated that passengers were being told the ship hoped to be leaving within the next few hours. Likewise, a statement from Carnival said that the ship “is expected to depart [Sunday] with a modified itinerary,” adding that they thanked guests “for their patience and understanding.” And just before 2:30 p.m., a guest indicated on Twitter that the technical specialist