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Two Carnival Ships To Be Out Service Longer Than Expected

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Crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship as it is towed to port in Alabama on Thursday Feb. 14, 2013. (Source: CNN)

Crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship as it is towed to port in Alabama on Thursday Feb. 14, 2013. (Source: CNN)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A pair of Carnival Cruise Lines ships will be out of service longer than expected.

On Tuesday the Miami-based cruise line announced that the Carnival Triumph, which was crippled by an engine fire in the Gulf of Mexico last month leaving 4,200 people stranded for five days, will be out of service longer than initially expected.

The Triumph is now set to return to service June 13th. Because of the extended maintenance and repair period, an additional 10 cruises will be canceled. Guests on the affected voyages will receive a full refund, reimbursement for non-refundable transportation costs and a 25 percent discount on a future four- to- five-day cruise.

Also, the Carnival Sunshine, which is undergoing a scheduled full-ship makeover, will return to service May 5, following the cancellation of two European cruises.

The cruise line says it’s improving hotel services that can run on emergency power, along with each ship’s fire prevention systems.

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