Today a cruise passenger reported that the Carnival Splendor lost power as it was sailing to St. Thomas, United States Virgin Island (USVI).
Carnival responded to the passenger by saying that that the Carnival cruise ship "has not lost engine power. It’s only a technical issue affecting the ship’s maximum cruising speed."
Automatic information systems (AIS) show the ship’s current speed at 13 – 14 knots, although it was sailing at one to two knots earlier today.
We have requested an explanation from Carnivval but have not yet received a response.
The Carnival Splendor was disabled after an engine room fire in November 2010 in a highly reported case.
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Update: We received the following statement from Carnival:
CARNIVAL SPLENDOR STATEMENT
March 2, 2017 – 11 a.m.
"Carnival Splendor is currently experiencing a technical issue that is affecting the vessel’s maximum cruising speed. The ship’s technical team is currently working on assessing the repairs.
Due to current speed limitations, the remaining calls at St. Thomas and Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic have been cancelled so that the ship can return to its homeport of Miami on Sunday on schedule.
All guests on the current voyage will receive a $100 per person shipboard credit and a 25 percent credit toward a future Carnival cruise.
Carnival Splendor is on fourth day of a seven-day cruise that departed Miami on Sunday and returns this Sunday."
March 3, 2017 Update: Shortly after 6:00 P.M. today, Carnival modofied its offer of compensation to its guests: "50 percent refund, 50 percent future cruise discount, and a $100 shipboard credit."