Propulsion problem continues to hamper Carnival Ecstasy

MIAMI -- Carnival Cruise Lines' Ecstasy is continuing to experience a technical problem with its propulsion system, Carnival said Wednesday.

A technician from Europe is to board the ship today during its call in Progreso, Mexico; replacement parts also are being brought on board, the line said.

The Ecstasy offers four- and five-day cruises from Galveston, Texas. The ship's next cruise is March 12; future schedules have not been altered, Carnival said.

The propulsion issue, which slows the ship's speed, cropped up on the Ecstasy's March 3 cruise from Galveston. The ship arrived back in port March 7 several hours later than scheduled. Passengers on the departing March 7 cruise were given a $40 per-person shipboard credit to cover meal expenses prior to boarding.

In addition, passengers received a $100 per person shipboard credit, a 25% refund on their cruise fare and a 25% discount on a future cruise.

To contact reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].

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