There are hundreds of passengers on a Carnival Cruise ship were supposed to be enjoying sun and fun, but instead they were kept in port in Tampa for two days.
The passengers and the authorities of Carnival Cruise said that the Carnival Miracle was originally scheduled to depart Sunday and visit Belize, Honduras, Grand Cayman and Mexico.
But because of “necessary maintenance work” it required two extra days in port, the company said in a statement released Tuesday. The guests were notified about the change beginning on May 18.
For some passengers, that wasn’t enough time to re-book a vacation, especially not over the long Memorial Day weekend.
Terri Cox, a schoolteacher from Atlanta and the passenger said that if they had a month’s notice about this delay, they would come up with something. She was traveling with a group of eight other relatives and friends, and accommodating everyone’s schedule to rebook wasn’t possible. The group had begun planning for this vacation six months ago.
Some passengers like Cox are upset about losing two days and two stops — Belize and Honduras. In this trip, Carnival Cruise offered a two-day pro-rated fare refund, $200 onboard credit to all staterooms, free shuttles to some Tampa Bay attractions and special shows.
The passengers could have cancelled and received a full refund, or rescheduled without penalty. Later the ship set to sail at 7 p.m. Tuesday.