Carnival's Liberty

Carnival Liberty, seen here in an undated photograph, is stalled in Galveston because of propulsion system problems.

Carnival Cruise Line has again canceled departure of its liner Liberty from Galveston because of a problem with the ship’s propulsion system.

The Liberty was scheduled to depart the island Saturday for a five-day cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. The company also canceled a cruise scheduled to leave Tuesday last week because of engine problems.

“The work is taking longer than expected and, considering the ship would not be able to maintain the necessary speed to operate the planned itinerary, we have made the difficult decision to cancel tomorrow’s voyage,” the company said in a statement.

Guests scheduled to sail on this voyage will receive a full refund of their cruise, along with a 100 percent credit toward a future Carnival cruise, the company said.

The four-day cruise scheduled to depart Nov. 10, has been modified to include a call in Progreso, instead of Cozumel. Guests sailing on this voyage will receive a $50 per person credit to their shipboard accounts and a 25 percent discount on a future Carnival cruise. Guests also have the option of canceling and receiving a full refund.

The Port of Galveston has a plan for docking the extra cruise ships, Port Director Michael Mierzwa said. Carnival’s Freedom will dock at Cruise Terminal No. 2 on Saturday, rather than its normal Cruise Terminal No. 1, Mierzwa said.

On Sunday, Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas and Carnival’s Breeze will be at the island. The port will move the Liberty to the Piers 16 to 18, where Del Monte has a facility, to dock the malfunctioning ship, Mierzwa said.

Contact reporter Chacour Koop at 409-683-5241 or chacour.koop@galvnews.com.

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