Carnival Cruise lines has stated that its ship, Carnival Liberty, on a five night Western Caribbean cruise, is suffering from mechanical difficulties.
On Saturday, May 7 the cruise line released a statement which explained that it was having problems with the bow thrusters on board the ship. While the bow thrusters are not needed while the ship is at sea, they are needed when the ship has to dock at a port and when it has to depart again. The cruise line did say that this mechanical problem is not the same one which meant the ship was late arriving at Galveston Texas on Monday, which has now been resolved,
However, the Carnival Liberty can still maintain its normal schedule and itinerary but it will need assistance from tug boats when arriving and leaving from any new ports.
Unfortunately when the ship was approaching Cozumel, where it was supposed to stop there was not sufficient time to find a tugboat so it was unable to visit as scheduled. At present the technicians are trying to resolve the issue and the crew is liaising with the other scheduled ports to ensure that tug boats are available so that the ship can dock.
Due to the fact that the visit to Cozumel had to be abandoned, the cruise line said that passengers were given $100 each on board credit. However one passenger alleged that the credit was only offered after passengers began to protest and that of the $100 credit, some $60 was kept by the cruise line as a gratuity.
The ship had previously called in at Progreso, Mexico and according to some passengers this was when the problem appeared as when the Carnival Liberty left the port, there was such much disturbance in the water from the thrusters that the ropes securing a Mexican naval ship to the dock, actually broke.
The ship is due back in Galveston on time on Sunday, May 8 but it is not yet known whether its departure will be delayed or not.