Carnival Fascination Departed Port Canaveral to Begin Operations For FEMA in U.S. Virgin Islands

By  //  October 19, 2017

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ship accomdates 2,634 passengers, 920 crew

Carnival Fascination departed Port Canaveral this week to begin its Hurricane relief operation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Carnival image)

Carnival Fascination Cancels Sailings and Chartered by FEMA

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Carnival Fascination departed Port Canaveral this week to begin its Hurricane relief operation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Carnival cruise ship cancelled all sailings until February 2018 so that it can be used to house Hurricane relief workers in the Caribbean island of St. Croix (USVI).

The Fantasy-class cruise ship has been chartered by FEMA to house Hurricane relief workers in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As a result, the cruise line has canceled all sailings until February 18 of next year.

The ship will make a return to its homeport of San Juan, Puerto Rico in February 2018, where she sails seven-day Southern Caribbean cruises.

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“Carnival Cruise Line’s history is deeply linked to the Caribbean and our ships have been sailing within the region for more than 45 years,” said Carnival Cruise Line in a statement.

“We are pleased to be partnering with FEMA on this charter in support of the ongoing relief efforts in the Caribbean. Likewise, we sincerely apologize to our guests who were booked on impacted cruises over the next few months. We know this change in plans is going to cause some disappointment and inconvenience and we thank them for their understanding.

All those guests who were booked on the canceled sailings are being compensated by Carnival Cruise Line. The cruise line is refunding the full price of the fare along with a future cruise credit. They are also working with airline travel partners in waiving the air ticket change fee and refunds.”

Class and type: Fantasy-class cruise ship
Tonnage:
Length: 855 ft (261 m)
Beam: 103 ft (31 m)
Draft: 7.80 m (25 ft 7 in)
Decks: 10
Installed power:
  • 2 × SulzerWärtsilä 8ZAV40S
  • 4 × Sulzer-Wärtsilä 12ZAV40S
  • 42,240 kW (combined)
Propulsion: Two propellers, 3 bow thrusters, 3 aft thrusters,
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity:
  • 2,056 passengers (lower berths)
  • 2,634 passengers (all berths)
Crew: 920

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