The Carnival Triumph joined the club of cruise ships which have suffered propulsion problems this year. There have been fourteen such problems this year alone.

The Triumph arrived late back at the port of New Orleans on Thursday due to what Carnival is calling “technical issues.” Propulsion problems are reportedly affecting the maximum cruising speed of the Carnival cruise ship. Carnival notified its passengers (bottom) that the November 30th cruise was canceled because the cruise ship needed repairs.

“We want to provide you with an update on your Carnival Triumph cruise for tomorrow. The ship is currently experiencing a technical issue, which is affecting the maximum cruising speed. Our team is in the process of completed the necessary work, however, it will not be completed in time to operate your cruise. Regrettably, it will be necessary to cancel tomorrow’s sailing.“

AIS sites show the Triumph in Mobile, Alabama, where the ship is apparently undergoing repairs.

This year has seen a number of Carnival cruise ships experience engine problems, such as the Carnival Dream, which was forced to miss a port in Mexico in August and then limped back to New Orleans, as well as propulsion issues plaguing the Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Paradise, and Carnival Splendor.

Power losses of cruise ships is a relatively common occurrence. In 2016, there were at least 18 power losses of cruise ships operated by the major U.S.-based lines, including problems with the Carnival Elation, Carnival Legend, Carnival Liberty and Carnival Vista as well as the Carnival owned Adonia, Caribbean Princess, Emerald Princess, and Costa neoRiviera.

Of course, cruise ships other than those operated or owned by Carnival have recently experienced a wide variety of engine problems. NCL’s Norwegian Star and Norwegian Gem have experienced propulsion issues this year, together with Oceania Cruises’ Regatta, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas, Celebrity’s Summit and Constellation, Silversea Cruises’s Silver Cloud, and P&O’s Oriana.

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Carnival letter – Crew Center.

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  • leslie

    Excellent reason to get “Cancel for any Reason” insurance, but that kind of insurance only is good until 3 days before sailing. 🙁

  • Amanda Barton

    This will be the second time this has happened to us and we haven’t even been on a cruise yet. First time happened last year and now this one. After my husband took off all his vacation time and we traveled to New Orleans.

  • Mike O

    We were booked on this cruise. We were on our way to the airport when we got this notice. We were able to cancel our flights and hotels so we were lucky. However, we were obviously very disappointed we didn’t get our vacation. We didn’t get out of this clean. We lost money on currency exchange, lost time off from work, lost money on unnecessary purchases for a vacation that never took place. Carnival is offering a 25% discount/credit on a future cruise seems like a very sub-par gesture. I can pull up their website numerous times during the year and get 25% off a cruise. To make matters worse, today is the day we were supposed to be returning and I still havent been refunded my money!!! Ridiculous.

  • Harry Ridenour

    We were scheduled for our very first cruise on the 30 November cruise of the Carnival Triumph. Not wanting to board exhausted after a ten (10) hour drive to New – Orleans we decided to drive down the day before arriving at 11 AM only to be notified at 2 PM that our cruise was cancelled. No consideration was offered for the fact we could not cancel two motel rooms or the parking we had to pay or the numerous expenses we incurred. Sorry Carnival you really left a bad taste in my mouth. Very apprehensive about even trying this again