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Events at Sea by Carnival Miracle

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The events listed have been reported in the public domain or to cruisejunkie by passengers or crew members onboard.  The list is by no means comprehensive.  For that reason it is necessary to be cautious in drawing conclusions from the potentially limited data.  Keep in mind that some companies may be more transparent than others about things that go wrong; conversely, some companies may be better at concealing events and thereby project an appearance that is inaccurate.  With that said, the following list is still interesting, as are the patterns when viewed separately by ship.

28.1.10 SKN Vibes reports the ship collided with the pier at Port Zante (St. Kitts) around 11:00 a.m. Upon arriving on the scene, there was no permitted entry into the arrival hall, but the cruise ship had a visible blackened dent on the right side. It was confirmed that both the cruise ship and the port facility were damaged during this morning’s berthing. “According to information received, while the ship was berthing a gust of wind thrust the ship to hit one of the dolphins and it subsequently hit a one of the fenders on the pier. The dolphin and fender were damaged and the ship also sustained damages.” The ship will remain in St. Kitts overnight for repairs and depart for Fort Lauderdale tomorrow morning. It will arrive Sunday in Fort Lauderdale four hours later than usual, arriving at noon.
Collision with pier
23.12.08 From a passenger: I just returned from an 8-day cruise to the Western Caribbean (Dec. 15 to 23). We found out the morning of the cruise that due to "mechanical difficulties", Panama and Costa Rica were off the itinerary, replaced with Costa Maya, Cozumel and Roatan (Belize remained from the original itinerary, but on a different date). Two days into the cruise, I personally met with the Captain and two of his senior officers. Also attending the meeting was a guy who had collected 250 email addresses from disgruntled passengers. The meeting lasted for about 1 1/2 hours.  The Captain told us that two days prior to returning to Ft. Lauderdale (our cruise left there on Dec. 15), they had problems with the thrust bearing on one of the two main azipods, which limited their top speed to 18 knots.  This is the same problem which apparently affected the Carnival Legend when it was doing the Panama run (the Miracle took over this itinerary after the Legend was no longer able to do it).  Due to the limited top speed, the ship simply would not be able to get to Panama in time.  Both ships are expected to have the problem repaired when they go into dry dock in a couple of months (late February). The new itinerary was over 1600NM shorter than the originally scheduled cruise, but no refund of the fuel surcharge was offered. A second incident occurred on Monday afternoon, December 22.  We were informed over the PA that a passenger was gravely ill, and so the ship was going to return early to Fort Lauderdale - ETA midnight instead of 7:00 the next morning. To our amazement, our "damaged" ship made 21 knots NO PROBLEM all the way back to Fort Lauderdale. Itinerary change -- Mechanical problems
The ship's cruises scheduled for February 25, March 5, and March 13 have been cancelled because the ship will enter drydock. Repairs are reportedly releated to propulsion problems reported during the summer (see July 7 below).
Cancelation for dry dock
Cruising Talk reports that it appears there is a confrontational problem aboard Carnival Miracle. Due to the storms in the Caribbean, the ship has had her itinerary changed 4 times. The latest change will be a call to Newport Rhode Island on Friday this week. There are a few very vocal passengers who have apparently almost taken the reception area by siege demanding full refunds etc for ruined cruises. This behaviour has not gone down well with other passengers or the crew. The most vocal of the passengers have allegedly reduced their auto-gratuities to zero. Time will tell if this turns into another QM2 type mutiny. The ship departed from New York City on a cruise of the Eastern Caribbean.
?Passenger mutiny?
It has been reported that the ship is running slower than normal due to propulsion problems. Tortola has been dropped as a port of call and replaced with Grand Turk. The itinerary change will reportedly remain in place until the end of the year at least.
Propulsion problems
2007 and earlier
From a passenger on the 7 day sailing (25 Feb - 4 Mar): We had a wonderful cruise for the first four days, but the night of Wednesday Feb. 28th brought gale force winds and high seas as we passed Costa Maya on our way to Belize.  On Thursday the winds diminished enough to allow passengers to partake in excursions, but the Turneffe Atoll snorkel I was scheduled for had to be redirected to a more protected location because of the rough seas.  The next morning the ship was unable to dock at Costa Maya due to rough seas -- I later learned that the same thing had happened the week before..  As the ship made its way back to the US along the Mexican coastline and passed outside of Cozumel the winds and seas began to diminish. 
Missed port
From a passenger: We pitched over violently to one side, shattering 10's of thousands of dollars in kitchen ware, booze, etc.  Tossed stuff all over the cabins.  Had tugboats pull us to a temporary dock since we were coming back into Tampa and couldn't hold our own against the winds.  From what I heard, we drifted onto sand and that caused us to pitch to one side.  Didn't see anything in the news about it.
The Baltimore Sun carried a story that Carnival had been forced to bump passengers on cruises leaving from Baltimore because the cruises were overbooked.  Hundreds of passengers have had their cruise cancelled.  See story in Baltimore Sun (August 4, 2004) Overbooking
At 4 AM, just hours before docking in NYC, an announcement came over the public address system saying, "This is the Captain speaking.  All crew members abandon ship."  This was followed a few minutes later by a message from a female saying all was well and the previous message was a mistake.  The Captain followed a bit later apologizing with the explanation that teenagers had gotten hold of the public address system.
It was announced that the August 28, 2004 sailing would be cancelled for maintenance on the seal on the slewing bearing, a component of the steering drive in the podded propulsion unit.  Carnival says it has made a temporary fix that will suffice for now.  

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