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Carnival Legend back in Tampa after minor mechanical issues

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Carnival Legend is back in Tampa Sunday morning after experiencing minor problems while on its voyage.  

Cole Costello was on board the Carnival Legend and said he didn't noticed anything wrong, just that the ship was moving very slowly in the water. Costello said," Everything was pretty much like a sea day, everybody was pretty much just enjoying their vacation."

Costello is from Tampa, and on board the ship for a vacation. He said passengers were dealing well with the situation.

However, a cruise industry expert said the problems with the Legend and the Dream represent a larger system failure for Carnival.

Professor Christopher Muller from Boston University said," This is a management problem. They are doing something wrong with preventive maintenance. You know, Carnival has so many working ships that to say that the fleet is in distress may be a little bit broad but, but clearly something is not working right."

Carnival gave each passenger on board the Legend were given a $100 credit in their on board account.  They were giving full refunds for on shore excursions that were missed and a fifty percent discount on a future cruise.

The news comes as Carnival Corp. said Friday that it earned $37 million, or 5 cents per share, in the first quarter. That compares with a loss of $139 million, or 18 cents per share, a year earlier. But its forecast for the year came in below analyst's predictions. Its shares fell more than 2 percent.

In its earnings release Friday, the Miami-based company said advance bookings for 2013 are behind the same point a year earlier. The company blamed Europe's economic problems for its inability to raise prices. North American prices are up slightly but those in Europe and Asia are lagging behind. Passengers in Europe are booking vacations much closer to the date of departure, Carnival said.

Executives said Carnival is doing an assessment of emergency power and redundancies across its entire fleet following the Triumph mishap. Howard S. Frank, the company's chief operating officer, didn't estimate the possible cost of improvements for analysts during a conference call Friday. "I don't see it as being enormous," Frank said.

The company refused to tell analysts how much it spent each year on safety and training.

In February, the Carnival ship Triumph was stranded for days in the Gulf of Mexico when a fire in the engine room of the ship knocked out power.

In January, the Carnival ship Destiny experienced thruster problems and had to change its schedule.

Thursday, the Carnival ship Dream became stranded in St. Maarten when a backup generator experienced problems.

The company also said that another ship - the Legend - was having mechanical problems and would skip its stop at the Cayman Islands, heading straight to its final port in Tampa, Fl. instead. Carnival Cruise Lines said the ship's safety systems and hotel services all function normally.

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