(4:49 p.m. EDT) -- Cruisers on Carnival Miracle's May 27 sailing, which was delayed and will depart May 29 from Tampa, are receiving $200 onboard credit, a prorated refund of their fare paid and a free Carnival Live concert as compensation for the loss of vacation time.
According to a Carnival Cruise Line statement, an "unanticipated issue" on Carnival Miracle will keep the ship docked in its homeport for two extra days in order for the necessary work to be complete. Passengers can stay onboard the ship while the work is being done. No further cruises will be affected, according to the statement.
The concert will be headlined by Country Music Association award-winning country artist Tim Rushlow. Carnival also will offer free shuttle service to and from nearby attractions in Tampa during the two days the ship is docked.
Carnival spokesperson Christine De La Huerta said passengers who choose to sail the modified itinerary should plan to check in as normal May 27, then go back ashore. Those who wish to cancel can either opt for a full refund or reschedule with no penalty.
Carnival Miracle's new itinerary includes stops in Grand Cayman (May 31) and Cozumel (June 1); there are two sea days (May 30 and June 2). The ship was originally scheduled to call at Belize City and Mahogany Bay, Honduras, in addition to the other ports.
Beginning in fall 2019, Carnival Miracle will be replaced by Carnival Legend in offering weeklong Caribbean cruises from Tampa. Carnival Miracle's new homeport has yet to be revealed.
--By Gina Kramer, Editor