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More mess for Carnival: Tampa's 'Legend' having trouble

The 2,100-passenger, 960-foot-long Carnival Legend has experienced “a technical issue” affecting its sailing speed and is heading back to the Port of Tampa, the company said late Thursday.

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The 2,100-passenger, 960-foot-long Carnival Legend has experienced “a technical issue” affecting its sailing speed and is heading back to the Port of Tampa, the company said late Thursday.

TAMPA — Yet another Carnival cruise ship — this one out of Tampa — experienced problems Thursday that cut vacations short.

Late Thursday, Carnival Cruise Lines said that the Legend, which departed Sunday from the Port of Tampa, was having "a technical issue" affecting its sailing speed.

A company statement said the ship's safety systems and hotel services were working normally.

The Legend has made most port of calls on its seven-day voyage, but a scheduled stop at Grand Cayman Islands has been called off, the company said.

Instead, the ship is heading back to Tampa, where Carnival said it is expected to arrive this Sunday as scheduled.

The 963-foot long ship can accommodate 2,124 passengers and a crew of 930, according to Carnival's website.

The tourists aboard would receive a $100 per person credit and a refund on pre-purchased shore excursions for Grand Cayman, the company said. And they would get half-off on another Carnival cruise.

Also Thursday, in St. Maarten, a Dutch island in the Caribbean, another Carnival cruise ship — the Dream — was halted by maintenance problems.

The Dream was on the final stop of the cruise when the crew announced it would not be sailing home to Port Canaveral, on Florida's east coast, because of a mechanical issue with a diesel generator, passengers said. Instead, passengers headed to the airport for a flight home.

Carnival Cruise Lines said the Dream had a "technical issue" with its backup emergency diesel generator that was discovered during a test Wednesday.

More mess for Carnival: Tampa's 'Legend' having trouble 03/15/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 9:34am]
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