GALVESTON — Carnival Cruise Lines said Tuesday it would cancel 10 more Triumph sailings from the island, sending thousands of vacations overboard and delivering more bad financial news to the Port of Galveston.
The Miami-based cruise line said Carnival Triumph would not resume sailing from the island until June 3.
The cancellations were part of a “fleetwide comprehensive operational review,” focused on Triumph and Carnival Sunshine, that came after a series of systems failures aboard Carnival ships.
Guests on the canceled voyages will receive full refunds, reimbursement for nonrefundable transportation costs and 25 percent discounts on future comparable cruises, the company said.
Carnival in February canceled 14 Triumph sailings from Galveston after an engine fire and other propulsion problems left the ship stranded in the Gulf of Mexico for five days.
Two more of Carnival ships had mechanical problems this month.
The island port stands to lose about $1.2 million in revenues from passenger and service charges and port parking fees from the 24 cancellations.
Last year, Triumph voyages made up about 45 percent of the $10 million in gross revenues the port saw from its cruise businesses. To put that in perspective, the port has projected operating revenues of $27.4 million this year.
Port officials said they hope to recoup the losses through business disruption insurance.
“We’re disappointed with Carnival Cruise Lines’ decision to cancel an additional 10 cruises,” Port Director Mike Mierzwa said. “But the port would applaud their efforts to improve fire prevention systems and operation redundancies and hotel services, so in the future, when unexpected issues arise, guests are not subject to such harsh conditions they had to experience on the Triumph.”
The cruise line said it was making significant investments to enhance the level of operating redundancies and the scope of hotel services that can run on emergency power. Carnival also said it would improve each ship’s fire prevention, detection and suppression systems.
Last week, the cruise line ended the voyage of the Carnival Dream after the ship’s backup emergency diesel generator failed, causing problems with elevators and toilets, according to reports.
The Dream’s next trip, which was supposed to start Sunday, was canceled, according to reports.
The company this week also said the Legend was having mechanical problems and had skipped its stop at the Cayman Islands, heading straight to its final port in Tampa instead. Legend has resumed sailings, according to reports.
Carnival Corp. said Friday it earned $37 million, or 5 cents per share, in the first quarter that ended Feb. 28. That compares with a loss of $139 million, or 18 cents per share, a year earlier.
But the company said advance bookings for 2013 are behind the same point from a year ago.
“We sincerely regret canceling these cruises and disrupting our guests’ vacation plans,” Carnival Cruise Lines’ President and CEO Gerry Cahill said. “We are fully committed to applying the recommendations stemming from our fleetwide review and to make whatever investments are needed despite the difficult decision to impact people’s vacations.”
Carnival Triumph operates four- and five-day Mexico cruises year-round from Galveston.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.