Carnival's Legend crawls to Port of Tampa Saturday night

Tampa, Florida - The Carnival cruise ship Legend is expected to arrive back at the Port of Tampa sometime on Sunday morning.

As of Saturday night, the Legend had passed under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge headed for the port.

Legend, which was the fourth Carnival cruise ship to experience problems while at sea, is experiencing a problem with its propulsion - causing it to cut speed by "a few nautical miles per hour."

The ship, traveling with 2,500 passengers and 930 crew members on board was forced to cancel its port of call to Grand Cayman on Friday because of the propulsion systems issue.

Company officials released a statement last Saturday evening with a status of theon boardconditions.

"The ship's safety systems, steering and all hotel services are functioning normally and the ship, which has been achieving speeds of 19 knots, is scheduled to arrive in Tampa on time tomorrow morning," read an email from Carnival spokesperson Vance Gulliksen.

Despite the issue that has slowed the ship, Carnival expects the Legend to set sail once again on Sunday evening.

"The ship is expected to operate its normal itinerary with the exception of one port - Grand Cayman - which is being replaced by Costa Maya. Any guests wishing not to proceed based on the change to one port of call have been given the option of cancelling and receiving a full refund."

As for Legend, passengers will receive half off a future Carnival cruise, a refund on pre-purchased shore excursions and a $100-per-person credit.

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