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Carnival Legend returns to sea, despite problems

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The Carnival Cruise ship Legend is back at sea, but still having problems. The Legend returned to Tampa on Sunday morning and sailed out Sunday afternoon as scheduled.

Petty Officer Michael De Nyse says the Legend experienced two problems at sea last week.

" Well basically there were two electrical problems. One was on the port side and one was on the starboard side.", says Petty officer De Nyse.

Many passengers on board the ship were upset that Carnival changed the ship's itinerary after problems developed with the propulsion system. Others said they enjoyed their escape from the snow.

The U.S. Coast Guard says their primary concern is the safety and well being of the passengers and crew.

The Coast Guard sent an inspection team on board the Legend when it docked on Sunday. The team discovered that bolts holding a power cable for part of the ship's propulsion system broke.

Petty Officer De Nyse says, " The bolts holding that cable broke. They didn't have the bolts to replace that on board, so they brought that power off line and due to that, the only effect from that is basically the boat is going a little slower now."

The Legend sailed out Sunday afternoon, despite these issues, and is still experiencing problems with the propulsion system as a result of the loss of power.

Petty Officer De Nyse says the Legend is currently traveling at 19 knots instead of it's normal speed of 21 knots, but that is not impacting the safety of the ship or it's passengers and so the ship was allowed to return to sea.

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