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Carnival Legend leaves Port of Tampa despite issues

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After facing mechanical problems on its voyage, the Carnival Legend returned to Tampa Sunday morning.

It is one of four Carnival ships that have had mechanical problems in the past few weeks, and that was a point many Legend passengers were well aware of.

The Legend faced problems with its propulsion system that impacted its itinerary.

"This was a voyage of uncertainty. we didn't know what the next announcement was gonna bring," said passenger Kim Reed.

Carnival did provide some compensation, but some passengers were not too happy about it.

After a 7 day journey that had its mishaps, the carnival legend was back in Tampa. And as passengers disembarked at daylight, they gave their two cents worth.

Passenger Greg Zbylut said, "This was a bad experience for me on my first trip."

"So we just missed a couple of ports but they were very good to us," remarked passenger Ken Borges.

Passenger Sean Buchanan said, "[We] had a great time on board it's just we kept getting lied to."

Carnival said the Legend faced mechanical failures that affected its sailing speed. So the ship had to replace one port of call, and then cancel another stop.

Reed noticed issues arise early on.

He said, "A dining room was shaking, you could see propulsion coming out one side."

Reed also said, "Funny things happened on board, when there were some news reports about the carnival ships, the TVs would go black and say searching for satellite signal, I'm not making this up!"

In return for their troubles the passengers were reimbursed for the shore excursions. They were also given a $100 credit, and a 50% discount on a future Carnival cruise.

Buchanan said, "We spent over 3 thousand dollars on our cruise for our honeymoon, and then that's all they offered us, that was kind of cheap on them after everything that's been happening."

"We're pretty happy with the compensation they gave us," said Borges.

Some passengers with whom we spoke say they're writing letters urging Carnival to provide better rebates for their troubles.

The Carnival Legend is now back at sea. It left Tampa on another 7 day cruise on Sunday afternoon.

In a statement, Carnival said repairs are still being done on the ship and the itinerary will go on as planned, with one exception.

Instead of stopping at Grand Cayman, the legend will be going to Costa Maya, Mexico.

Passengers on this cruise were given an option of getting a full refund.

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