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Carnival Magic delayed by technical problems

This item was written by Fran Golden, a cruise expert and Trip Coach for Budget Travel magazine. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away.

The debut of the 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic from its new homeport of Galveston, Texas, was celebrated Sunday with a pier-side concert by Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5. But passengers on the ship’s current sailing may be feeling “marooned” themselves due to a technical issue.

The issue, involving the ship’s stern thrusters, will cause an unscheduled overnight in Progresso, Mexico, tomorrow, according to Carnival Cruise Lines. The ship, Carnival’s newest, is currently on a 6-day Mexico cruise that embarked from Galveston on Monday.

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“The technical problem does not compromise the ship’s safety and all other systems and hotel services are functioning normally,” Carnival says in a statement.

Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz tells USA TODAY the problem “first manifested itself” as the Magic headed transatlantic after its debut season in Europe. Repairs were made in Freeport, Bahamas, earlier this month and continued in Galveston, she says.

“Carnival Magic is experiencing a technical problem with one of its stern thrusters and, as a result, the ship’s itinerary is being modified to provide additional time in port to continue the necessary repair work,” the cruise line says in its statement.

Because of the Progresso overnight, the ship is skipping a day-long port call to Costa Maya. The Magic is expected to visit Cozumel on Friday, as scheduled.

Guests on the cruise are receiving a $25 per person credit to their shipboard accounts. “Carnival sincerely apologizes to its guests for this disruption in their vacation plans,” the line says.

The ship is scheduled to return to Galveston on Sunday, November 20, to begin year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises.

Thousands attended the free Maroon 5 concert, and the five members of the Moves Like Jagger band took time to tour the ship.

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