According to CruiseNewser, Carnival Miracle suffers propulsion problem which has forced Carnival Cruise Lines to modify her itinerary. The cruise ship is unable to sail at her top speed of 22 knots. It has been lowered to 18 -20 knots depending on the weather and sea conditions. According to Carnival Cruise Lines, all hotel and safety systems are unaffected. The problem will be fixed at a planned dry dock early next year.
John Heald, Carnival senior cruise director, said that an earlier Carnival Miracle dry dock would have resulted in the cancellation of entire cruises which would affect more customers. He said that the company took the decision because they want to avoid the disruption of the vacations of too many clients. The itinerary changes will impact cruises in the period May 6 – August 26 and the September 18 cruise. The modifications include changes of port sequences, port replacements and call cancellations.
The cruise line apologized to its customers in a statement. As a compensation, it offers its guest the possibility to cancel their cruise, if modified, with no penalties or to receive a $50 per person onboard credit and a discount of 25 % on a future Carnival cruise.
Carnival Miracle (IMO number 9237357 and MMSI 354277000) is registered in Panama. The cruise ship was built in 2004 and has a capacity for 2,124 passengers. She has 6 diesel engines with total power of 62,370 kW and her propulsion unit comprises two ABB azipods, 17.6 MW each.