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Mobile Carnival Fantasy cruise ship receives clearance to sail

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According to Jennifer de la Cruz, Vice President Corporate Communications for the Carnival Cruise Line, the Carnival Fantasy has received clearance to sail.

In a statement to Local 15 News de la Cruz said,

Carnival Fantasy has received clearance to sail and will be departing this evening on a 'cruise to nowhere.' The ship is experiencing a technical issue with its propulsion system which is affecting the vessel's maximum cruising speed. Technicians continue to work to address the issue, however, given the ship's speed limitation, it will not be possible to maintain the scheduled itinerary which included a visit to Cozumel, Mexico. Instead the ship will remain at sea throughout the cruise which will return on Monday.
Guests had the option of cancelling, receiving a full refund and disembarking or staying on board and sailing on the cruise to nowhere. Guests sailing on the modified itinerary will receive a 50 percent refund of their cruise fare and a $50 onboard credit as well as a 50 percent credit towards a future cruise.
We sincerely apologize to our guests for this disappointing modification to the planned itinerary and our team looks forward to going above and beyond to ensure they enjoy an extraordinary vacation.


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The cruise ship Carnival Fantasy was supposed to leave Mobile today at 4 oclock for Cozumel but is currently still docked due to a technical issue.

There is a problem with the ship's propulsion system and it is affecting the maximum cruising speed of the boat.

Vice President of Corporate Communications, Jennifer de la Cruz, says that because the ship cannot go at the correct speed that it would be impossible to keep the scheduled itinerary.

"Guests have the option of cancelling, receiving a full refund and disembarking or staying on board to await the next update."

Cruz also says that guests that stay on board will receive a 50 percent refund, a $50 on board credit and a 50 percent credit towards a future cruise.

"We sincerely apologize to our guests for this very disappointing turn of events and will be keeping them informed with updates as soon as they become available."

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