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Mike M March 9th, 2012 02:36 PM

Carnival Liberty Propulsion Problems
 
I am currently aboard the Carnival Liberty and it is experiencing a propulsion problem with one prop. Because of this the ship is not scheduled to dock until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday 3/10.

Carnival has opened up the phone lines for free calls so people can rebook air. They are also reimbursing, up to $200, for change fees associated with re-booking air.

Last night, Thursday 3/8, at approximately 10:30 their was a fairly violent shaking in the aft section of the ship. It was so bad and the subsequent vibration prompted my wife to call guest services and ask what happened. The standard answer was given: "The ship will do that in high seas". The seas were moderate but not too rough. I then noticed our speed dropped from 20 knots to 16. A person from guest services came by the cabin with a "all is fine" response. The rest of the night the vibration continued.

Then at 12:30 today the Captain announced that there was a propulsion problem and we would arrive late in Miami. It took them a while to admit it. hmmmm

We are gambling on making our 1:00 p.m. flight and if we don't then we'll just get a flight out on Sunday. It's nice not having to get back home right away.

I don't know what effect this will have on this week's sailing but I am guessing the itinerary may be changed.

I'll post more as I know it.

Take care,
Mike

Trip March 9th, 2012 03:11 PM

I would think after the Concordia issues, more then a pr response is needed now for concerned passengers...Hope everything goes well for you and your family....

scgamecock March 9th, 2012 03:29 PM

Oh no! I'm on Liberty March 24th. Please let it be something easily fixable. I have such great plans for this one, I would hate to miss any ports. Thanks for the info and please keep us updated.

I hope your flight plans don't get fouled up.

cachacopr March 10th, 2012 06:10 AM

Hi there! Any news? We are scheduled to go out today (Marcho 10) and already received 2 emails from Carnival, one in the afternoon warning about the propulsion system malfunction, and later last night another one stating about a coast guard helicopter medevac which further delayed the Miami Port arrival. As it stands, Liberty its supposed to come in around noon, boarding at 3pm, departing sometime after 6pm... We wont know until later today whats going on, hopefully it will all be solved...

ruthlessboss March 10th, 2012 09:36 AM

Rumors on the other site are starting. One says the ship is listing. The cam shows only a small change in the horizon, someone suggested it might be just the camera position. Another is saying it's almost at a standstill in the ocean, another reports it's picking up some speed again.

I'm not on the next sailing or 2 or3, but I hope people extend best wishes to those currently on board who were flying out today.

I know people want to sail, and hope the ship can be fixed without drydock, and even sail today, but it upsets me when people make multiple comments of hoping it gets fixed or their cruise will be interrupted. It sounds kind of selfish, even though it wasn't meant to sound like that.

Lets extend good wishes to those currently on board and dealing with this issue while in the middle of an ocean.

cachacopr March 10th, 2012 10:00 AM

Ditto! I haven't seen any comments or other sites so, we'll see what comes out. I'm holding steady at home (live here in Miami) waiting for news and tracking the ship @ sea via websites. Let's hope for the best for all concerned!

ruthlessboss March 10th, 2012 11:45 AM

Liberty is IN!!!!

cachacopr March 10th, 2012 12:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ruthlessboss (Post 1419884)
Liberty is IN!!!!

Alright! Hope everything is fine overthere, I'm at the house waiting for word of our embarkment (hopefully today @ 3pm +-)

dhudd March 10th, 2012 02:30 PM

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We were cruising aboard the M.S. Carnival Liberty back on the first week of November 2007. We were delayed too due to the port engine having trouble. My wife & I looked out our balcony and noticed that we were adrift. We asked some of our fellow passengers just what was wrong and one man told us that we had been "Dead-In The Water" for approximately 4 hours. We were very late arriving in San Juan Puerto Rico and all of the tours that were booked were cancelled, (our money was refunded). We were only given about 3 hours in that port. We still had a wonderful cruise and am looking forward to cruising aboard the Liberty again. Dave & Diane. :-P

Trip March 10th, 2012 05:31 PM

Ruthless, I just checked to see the thread...3 pages, 77 posts!!!!! Most bashing the OP,and then, bashers, bashing other bashers.. Posting for the sake of posting! Not much info.

Donna March 10th, 2012 06:24 PM

I am sure Mike will keep us posted, he already posted yesterday about the delay, now wondering about Liberty sailing today??

I know I would be terribly disappointed to fly into port, and only to find out there are some major problems?? I hope it is something they can quick fix and then sail out?

ruthlessboss March 10th, 2012 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Trip (Post 1419927)
Ruthless, I just wenbt over there to see the thread...3 pages, 77 posts!!!!! Most bashing the OP,and then, bashers, bashing other bashers...gimme a break! Posting for the sake of posting!:mad:

which thread? I hope I haven't offended anyone here, though I can be wordy. I got banned from the site today,

Mike M March 10th, 2012 07:52 PM

I haven't checked any "other" threads yet but I have to say that if anyone was saying anything other than one engine was shut down, the ship was late and Carnival offered $200 to compensate for changes they are full of it.

Things were further delayed because a crew member needed to be medically evacuated by the Coast Guard. We had a fairly good view of the airlift from our aft cabins. I hope the crew member is doing OK.

Disembarkation was, as expected, a free for all with people trying to get off first to make their flights. Betty, my nephew, his girlfriend and I waited until the self disembarkation was done and we basically walked off the ship. We did take our own luggage off but it wasn't a problem. We walked out of the terminal, grabbed a van cab and were at our hotel by 1:30 p.m.

I know anyone with a flight before 1:00 p.m. didn't make it. My brother had a 1:30 pm flight but couldn't change so his family changed to a 4:30 flight, for a lot of money, but my brother just made his original flight. He'll have to wait in Minneapolis for 3 hours for the rest of the family.

Carnival also opened up the phones for free phone calls for people to change their flights. Well, that sounded better than it was. It was almost impossible to get a line and the cell system was also jammed. I was able to call Delta using Skype and I was able to change my flight to Sunday and the rest of the family were also able to use Skype to call and change their flights. It did use up an hour of my Internet time and I do plan on asking Carnival for a refund of part of my Internet fee.

I used Priceline and booked a very nice hotel by the airport. It is the Element hotel and while not the best location it is a nice, extended stay, type of hotel that just opened three weeks ago. The four of us spent the afternoon laying by the pool and their shuttle driver will take us to dinner tonight. Can't beat that.

I have no idea what time, or if, the Liberty left or is leaving port but I will bet the itinerary will be changed. There was a VERY long line of people waiting to get into the terminal to check-in and board. I feel for them.

All in all it wasn't that bad. Carnival will cover my change fees and I'll see what insurance does to cover my travel delay. No matter what, the $75 I spent for the hotel isn't going to break me and it actually a nice way to end the cruise. We were so busy having fun we didn't have time to really just sit and get some sun.

Take care,
Mike

Trip March 10th, 2012 08:33 PM

Mike, so glad you checked in,and all is good...we'll see how your insurance works out for you...Here is a shot I saw of the medivac, hoping the crew member is ok....safe travels...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...11127782_n.jpg

Donna March 11th, 2012 07:35 AM

Mike,
Thanks for the update, have a safe trip back home.

lhp March 11th, 2012 04:22 PM

How frustrating since this ship just came out of drydock....

Aerogirl March 11th, 2012 05:23 PM

I feel for the people waiting to board. When the Inspiration was later we didn't get on the ship until 8:00pm and we had been at the port since 11:30 am. The line was so long to board but we had the VIP and pretty much walked on. Hope all went well for them and thanks for the update Mike!
Welcome Home!!


Trip March 11th, 2012 06:07 PM

Ruthless, I didnt look at names over there, just the overwhelming fact, that people like to knock each other down...just different from here.

ruthlessboss March 11th, 2012 07:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Trip (Post 1420065)
Ruthless, I didnt look at names over there, just the overwhelming fact, that people like to knock each other down...just different from here.

I can't figure out what I said, I was accused of disrupting a topic! I think someone who tends to stalk me over there complained. The poster said I was posting to get my count up! Anyway, my life isn't dependant on THEM! I just miss the craziness there.

Manuel March 11th, 2012 11:14 PM

Did the ship leave on her next cruise?

TM

ruthlessboss March 12th, 2012 08:57 AM

I saw a tracking map, yes it left, but not sure of the time.

Manuel March 12th, 2012 10:33 AM

So, they must have fixed the problem.

TM

cruised1014 March 12th, 2012 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Manuel (Post 1420163)
So, they must have fixed the problem.

TM

I don't think they could fix that kind of problem that quick. I did hear from a passenger that was coming off the ship late that the new passengers departing on March 10th were told that the reason for the late arrival was a sick passenger had to be airlifted. They were not being told of the propulsion problem. I would like to know if this relly happened. I have been tracking the ship since it left port and it's speed has never been over 16 knots and the web cam from the bridge shows a little tilt like it may be leaning to one side while cruising. We were planning last minute it cruise on The Carnival Liberty March 31st but I will hold off till I hear how the next couple reviews say. We may do the Valor 8 day leaving March 31st. Please post any updates. Thanks Ed

ruthlessboss March 12th, 2012 10:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cruised1014 (Post 1420233)
I don't think they could fix that kind of problem that quick. I did hear from a passenger that was coming off the ship late that the new passengers departing on March 10th were told that the reason for the late arrival was a sick passenger had to be airlifted. They were not being told of the propulsion problem. I would like to know if this relly happened. I have been tracking the ship since it left port and it's speed has never been over 16 knots and the web cam from the bridge shows a little tilt like it may be leaning to one side while cruising. We were planning last minute it cruise on The Carnival Liberty March 31st but I will hold off till I hear how the next couple reviews say. We may do the Valor 8 day leaving March 31st. Please post any updates. Thanks Ed

While the ship was returning, it did appear to be a slight tilt from the camera's perspective. However, it was also presented that it was the camera position, not a real tilt. I don't know, I just read it.

lisarae123 March 14th, 2012 01:32 AM

Also on Liberty
 
My family and I were also on the Liberty during the week that it experienced the propulsion issues. We were on the 6th deck aft and heard the same thing that Mike did on Thursday night with the loud bang and then shaking for the next 5 hours or so. Even though the message from the captain indicated that phone lines were open on Friday, no one that I talked to was able to call out. I ended up using one of the 3 available phones at Customer Service on the ship early Saturday morning to change our flight. We ended up flying home on Sunday rather than Saturday at a flight-change cost of $303 per person. Carnival indicated that they will cover up to $200 per person. With 4 people, plus a hotel stay, we ended up paying about $1350 because of the delay. With Carnival covering only $800, this cruise cost us $550 more than what we were expecting.

Overall, cruise itself was great, but I will try to recover the extra $ from Carnival.

Truck Cruiser March 14th, 2012 06:55 AM

Seems like all the Carnival Corp ships are having engine problems. Princess, Carnival and Costa most recently.

Carnival, I believe, has been neglecting basic maintenance on their engines, chasing the almighty dollar, and it is coming back to haunt them, though it just could be the type of engine they run in their ships.

Just seems funny that RCL and NCL don't seem to be having these problems. I don't know the difference in engine designs but I think that Carnival would do good to look at a different engine builder for their future ships.

Might be a interesting topic for Paul Motter to look into, to see if their engine builders are different then the other major cruise lines.

ruthlessboss March 14th, 2012 09:05 AM

Could engine problems stem from adding extras during 2.0, or adding new passenger cabins etc. to existing ships? Each would be extra weight, yet ships were built to sustain the weight at the time ships were built?
If you think about it, put extra weight in your car trunk, it affects miles per gallon, the car will need a little more power to move.

Manuel March 14th, 2012 09:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ruthlessboss (Post 1420518)
Could engine problems stem from adding extras during 2.0, or adding new passenger cabins etc. to existing ships? Each would be extra weight, yet ships were built to sustain the weight at the time ships were built?
If you think about it, put extra weight in your car trunk, it affects miles per gallon, the car will need a little more power to move.

Your Idea makes sense to me.

TM

Mike M March 14th, 2012 11:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ruthlessboss (Post 1420518)
Could engine problems stem from adding extras during 2.0, or adding new passenger cabins etc. to existing ships? Each would be extra weight, yet ships were built to sustain the weight at the time ships were built?
If you think about it, put extra weight in your car trunk, it affects miles per gallon, the car will need a little more power to move.

Ruthless;

I would personally call 2.0 more like 1.5. ;) IMO: It is more hype than substance. However, the Guy's Burgers are better than the old burgers but the toppings have more to do with it. You still get a re-heated burger which is the only way you can make that many burgers that fast. The Alchemy Bar was ok but nothing as interesting as the Celebrity Martini bars and the Comedy Clubs had better acts. Except one comedian who was too vulgar even for me and I'm am not easily offended with language or subject matter.

There really was no extra weight added. The facilities for Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana, Alchemy and the Comedy Clubs were already there. They were just redecorated or re-purposed. If there was some extra weight added it couldn't have been more than 100 passengers.

I would like to know what the actual problem was. It "seems" like the current cruise has maintained its scheduled itinerary but I haven't been monitoring it too closely for the last two days.

Take care,
Mike

Snoozeman March 14th, 2012 11:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Truck Cruiser (Post 1420513)
Seems like all the Carnival Corp ships are having engine problems. Princess, Carnival and Costa most recently.

Carnival, I believe, has been neglecting basic maintenance on their engines, chasing the almighty dollar, and it is coming back to haunt them, though it just could be the type of engine they run in their ships.

Just seems funny that RCL and NCL don't seem to be having these problems. I don't know the difference in engine designs but I think that Carnival would do good to look at a different engine builder for their future ships.

Might be a interesting topic for Paul Motter to look into, to see if their engine builders are different then the other major cruise lines.

They have problems with their NEWEST engines as well. The Carnival Magic specifically.


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