Carnival Panorama Ready for Holiday Voyage After Repairs

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The iconic whale tale funnel on Carnival Panorama cruise ship while docked in Cabo San Lucas mexico
  • Carnival Panorama's emergency engine repairs are completed, with no further cancellations expected.
  • The ship underwent extensive repairs in Portland, Oregon, temporarily removing its iconic "whale tail" funnel.
  • The ship is set for a celebratory holiday sailing on December 23, 2023, marking its service return.

Carnival Panorama, a popular cruise ship from Carnival Cruise Line, has completed emergency engine repairs. The engine repairs clear the path for its highly anticipated holiday sailings. The Vista-class cruise ship is on track to welcome guests for her December 23, 2023, sailing without further cancellations.

Carnival Cruise Line’s brand ambassador, John Heald, confirmed the announcement of Carnival Panorama’s engine repair completion on December 11, 2023.

“I have great news and glad tidings of joy,” Heald said. “The ship has completed the work. All the chief engineer and the people helping have completed the work on the starboard side azipod.”

Completing repairs marks the end of a challenging period that saw the cancellation of six cruises.

The ship first encountered engine problems in early November, significantly impacting her maximum cruising speed and ability to complete its Mexican Riviera itineraries. The decision to undertake emergency repairs led to the vessel’s removal from service

As a result, Carnival Panorama underwent extensive repair work at a dry dock facility in Portland, Oregon.

Carnival Cruise Line was forced to cancel six sailings due to emergency repairs, at the disappointment of thousands of cruiers.

The repair involved fixing the starboard side azipod and temporarily removing the ship’s iconic “whale tail” funnel to navigate under low bridges on the Columbia River. The funnel, a hallmark of Carnival cruise ships since 1982, is more of a stylistic feature, and its absence did not affect the ship’s operational capabilities.

With the repairs complete, Carnival Panorama is en route to Victoria, British Columbia, where the whale tail will be reinstalled, marking the final step before resuming service.

Heald thanked everyone involved in the repair process, “I must say a huge thank you to incredible people, the engineers who have done this huge job and got the ship back ready to leave dry dock.” Heald added, “She is on schedule and will be back to give our Christmas cruisers the best of times.”

Carnival Panorama is a 133,868-gross-ton Vista-class vessel, is set to depart Long Beach, California, on December 23, 2023, for a 7-night Mexican Riviera cruise, visiting Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Cabo San Lucas. This sailing is expected to be a festive and celebratory occasion for guests, especially following the uncertainty caused by the repairs.

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Marcello De Lio