Carnival Panorama is on her strategy to the second shipyard for her essential engine repairs, after having been foiled in her try to achieve the primary shipyard – the place these repairs will happen – as a consequence of low bridges.
Now, the ship is en path to Victoria, British Columbia, the place her “whale tail” funnel shall be eliminated, earlier than she will have her engine repairs accomplished in Portland, Oregon.
Carnival Panorama Engine Repairs Hit Uncommon Snag
The urgently wanted engine repairs for Carnival Panorama are proving trickier than anticipated, however not as a result of the repairs themselves are essentially sophisticated. As a substitute, the ship is having issue reaching the shipyard in Portland, Oregon, the place these repairs shall be accomplished.
The Portland shipyard able to service Carnival Panorama lies roughly 95 miles (153 kilometers) up the Columbia River from the coast, a route crossed by low-lying bridges. The 133,500-gross-ton, Vista-class ship has 15 passenger decks, along with her iconic whale tail funnel rising excessive above the tallest deck.
That funnel is simply too tall to go beneath the river’s bridges, and have to be dismantled earlier than the ship can attain the dry dock amenities. It was initially hoped the funnel might be eliminated in Astoria, Oregon earlier than the ship started shifting up the river, however that has proved unattainable.
Now, satellite tv for pc monitoring information exhibits Carnival Panorama heading for Victoria, British Columbia, the place the shipyard amenities are geared up to securely take away the higher a part of ship’s funnel so she will then return to Oregon and proceed to the dry dock.
After the engines are repaired, the ship will seemingly want to maneuver again to Victoria as soon as once more for her funnel to be reassembled earlier than she’s going to lastly return to Lengthy Seashore to welcome visitors.
Whereas this can be a sophisticated state of affairs, Carnival Cruise Line model ambassador John Heald has defined that the cruise line did search for different shipyards that would service Carnival Panorama, however choices at west coast shipyards have been restricted as a consequence of amenities and docking schedules.
“The ship is making a short cease in Canada after which will head to Astoria,” Heald confirmed in regards to the convoluted preparations.
Visitors booked on Christmas and New 12 months’s sailings of Carnival Panorama are understandably nervous about whether or not these cruises shall be cancelled if the repairs take longer than anticipated.
Each vacation sailings are Mexican Riviera cruises. The Saturday, December 23 departure is the primary deliberate for the ship after repairs are full, and is a 7-night cruise visiting Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Cabo San Lucas.
The 8-night New 12 months’s Cruise will depart on Saturday, December 30 and can name on the identical ports because the earlier voyage, in addition to an additional port of name in La Paz.
Heald has tried to assuage visitors’ issues and reassure them that the sailings are anticipated to maneuver forward as deliberate.
“We absolutely anticipate [the] ship to be again prepared to provide you all of the enjoyable you deserve,” Heald stated. “I promise we’ll preserve you up to date if something have been to alter so please don’t fear, however now we’re saying we will’t wait to see you having enjoyable.”
When Carnival Panorama first developed these engine difficulties originally of November, the ship’s most cruising pace was impacted and the November 4, 2023 crusing had two ports of name cancelled so the ship might return to Lengthy Seashore on schedule.
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After the difficulties have been assessed, 4 cruises have been cancelled so the ship might be faraway from service for rapid repairs. Because the difficulties with securing dry dock amenities grew to become clear, nonetheless, two extra cruises have been cancelled to make sure sufficient time for these technical repairs to be accomplished and permit the ship to return to service along with her most propulsion intact.
In the meanwhile, it’s hopeful that Carnival Panorama shall be full pace forward for her Christmas and New 12 months’s cruises, however booked visitors ought to keep in shut contact with Carnival Cruise Line for any additional notifications, cancellations, or changes.