Carnival Cruise Line will modify cruises on its ship Liberty through November and will replace the passenger liner with sister ship Valor for Galveston sailings, officials said Friday.

Carnival Liberty, plagued by technical problems, is capable of operating, but at less than maximum speed, forcing Florida-based Carnival to shorten the passenger liner’s itineraries for November. After those cruises, the ship will go into dry dock and be repositioned to Port Canaveral, Fla., to operate cruises from that port beginning Dec. 15.

“The change is being made since Carnival Valor is better suited to operate at the higher speeds required for the four- and five-day Mexico itineraries from Galveston, while Carnival Liberty is well equipped to handle shorter duration cruises from Central Florida,” Carnival said in a statement.

The 110,000-ton, 953-foot Carnival Valor has a passenger capacity of 2,974 — the same as Liberty — and has amenities and accommodations very similar to Liberty, officials said.

The announcement of the modified cruises and imminent ship swap came after two earlier departures were canceled while the company tried to repair Liberty’s propulsion systems.

The cancellations have cost the Port of Galveston about $95,000 in cruise-ship passenger fees and passenger parking in port-owned lots, Port Director Michael Mierzwa said.

Parking and passenger fees generate about $65,000 each cruise for the landlord port, Mierzwa said.

But because passengers boarded the first cruise before cancellation, the port can still collect $30,000 in passenger fees. The port lost the parking fees, however. The second cruise cancellation cost the port the full $65,000.

That likely would be the extent of the port’s losses from Liberty’s problems, Mierzwa said Friday.

The issues also have disappointed Liberty passengers, some who say they were left in a lurch.

Terry and Holly Willis, residents of North Richland Hills, a suburb of Fort Worth, were scheduled to sail on the Nov. 19 seven-day cruise from Galveston, which has since been modified to exclude stops in Falmouth, Jamaica and Grand Cayman. Passengers sailing on that voyage will receive a $50 per person credit to their shipboard accounts and a 25 percent discount on a future Carnival cruise. Passengers also have the option of canceling and receiving a full refund.

“While we can take a full refund, that would leave us without a vacation, since we don’t have any time to schedule anything else, especially on short notice, around a holiday, and for the price of the refund,” Terry Willis said. “I just really feel like this should have been handled better.”

The $50 credit is minimal, considering the cruise itinerary is missing two ports, Willis said.

“Since we lost two great ports that were a distance for Carnival to travel, I am sure they are saving as much in fuel as they are refunding,” he said.

Carnival Liberty’s modified cruises from Galveston for the balance of November are as follows:

• Nov. 14 cruise: The Nov. 14 five-day departure will include an overnight call in Cozumel — the call at Progreso has been canceled. The ship’s arrival back into Galveston on Nov. 19 will be delayed until later in the day. Passengers 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. Passengers also have the option of canceling and receiving a full refund.

• Nov. 19 cruise: The Nov. 19 seven-day cruise will include stops in Cozumel and Costa Maya. The calls in Falmouth, Jamaica and Grand Cayman have been canceled. The ship’s departure time will be 10 p.m. for this cruise. Passengers 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. Passengers also have the option of canceling and receiving a full refund.

• Nov. 26 cruise: The Nov. 26 five-day departure will include an overnight call in Cozumel (the call at Progreso has been canceled). The ship’s arrival back into Galveston on Dec. 1 will be delayed until later in the day. Passengers 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. Passengers also have the option of canceling and receiving a full refund.

Also, one Carnival Valor voyage, the four-day cruise from Port Canaveral departing Dec. 11, will be shortened to allow time for the ship to sail to Galveston.

The Dec. 11 four-day cruise from Port Canaveral on Carnival Valor will be shortened to a three-day cruise departing Dec. 11. The cruise will visit Freeport and Nassau, which were the scheduled ports on the four-day cruise. Passengers sailing on this voyage will receive a one day prorated refund of cruise fare and a $25 per person credit to their shipboard account. Passengers also have the option of canceling and receiving a full refund.

For passengers on Carnival Liberty being transferred to Carnival Valor and vice versa, the cruise line will automatically transfer the reservations. Affected sailings are now temporarily closed in the system as the reservations team prepares to make the necessary changes, Carnival officials said.

Work on Liberty is expected to be completed by November’s end, at which point new confirmations will be sent to all passengers and they’ll again be able to access their reservations, Carnival officials said.

Reach reporter Laura Elder at 409-683-5248 or laura.elder@galvnews.com.

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