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Old April 22nd, 2014, 01:44 PM
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Well, this certainly is not good. Two weeks ago they had problems with propulsion on the Pride out of Baltimore and now its sister ship, the Miracle, is having problems. Bad thing is, they're not going to fix the problem for a year!!

Check it out; Problem with Carnival ship causes itinerary changes

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It is frustrating - but don't blow it out of proportion. The ship's top speed has been reduced from about 21 knots per hour to about 18 - so it while it will reduce some time in port you still get a seven day cruise.

They will be skipping Ketchikan - so it is one less chance to shop for stuffed mooses and canned salmon. But you get more time on a beautiful ship.
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True, but they're also skipping a full day in Maui on their Hawaiian itinerary.

And yes, the speed has not been reduced by that much, but it's definitely having an impact on itineraries, which is not a good thing. Plus, if they're having the same problems on sister ships, one would tend to think there's either a problem with the engines or a problem with maintenance. Either way, it'll be interesting to see if they continue to have these same problems and how it will affect sales, if in fact it has any impact at all.

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I wonder if you book now if you would still get 25% off a future cruise. The online websites I've checked still shows the old itinerary.

Might be worth it. 25% off a really expensive trip might pay for a week in alaska
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I was wondering the same thing! Had clients ask about this today - guess we'll have to call and find out.

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It is frustrating - but don't blow it out of proportion. The ship's top speed has been reduced from about 21 knots per hour to about 18 - so it while it will reduce some time in port you still get a seven day cruise.

They will be skipping Ketchikan - so it is one less chance to shop for stuffed mooses and canned salmon. But you get more time on a beautiful ship.
Yes: Ketchikan has become very commercial in the port area but it is still the gateway for some of the best excursions on an Alaskan cruise. The Misty Fjords flight seeing air trip is beautiful and awe inspiring. There are some wonderful crab fishing, sport fishing, crab feasts, zip lining, wildlife, kayaking and eagle sanctuary excursions in Ketchikan. It is much more than stuffed moose and canned salmon shopping.

Infinity limped through most of it's Alaska season in 2006 and Millennium's Alaskan season ended earlier because of the loss of an engine. There will be an impact on the season. If I was outside final payment I would probably cancel and book on a different ship.

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