Carnival Ship Was Adrift Off Florida

Carnival Cruise Lines says its Carnival Fascination lost power at sea for several hours yesterday due to a technical malfunction.

The ship was on the last leg of a five-day cruise that had departed from Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday. A spokesman tells AOL Travel News there were about 2,600 passengers and 920 crew onboard.

The cruise line said power was restored after a few hours and all appropriate authorities, including the U.S. Coast Guard, were notified.

A marine surveyor boarded the ship at 5 a.m., and inspected the cause of the fault prior to the U.S. Coast Guard clearing the vessel for entry back into the Port of Jacksonville, Carnival said.

Because the ship also had to wait for tidal conditions to improve, the ship arrived back at its homeport three hours late. Carnival said guests on the cruise received a 20 percent discount on a future two- to five-day Carnival cruise.

"Carnival sincerely apologizes to our guests for this disruption to their vacation plans," the line said.

The ship is scheduled to embark on its next voyage as planned.

Carnival Fascination sails year-round from Jacksonville on four- and five-day cruises to the Bahamas and Key West, Fla.

Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines
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