Carnival Ecstasy loses power at sea

Ship set to sail from Port Canaveral on Thursday

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. - The Carnival Ecstasy returned to Port Canaveral on Thursday morning after experiencing a power failure at sea, cruise line officials said.

The power outage happened around 6 p.m. Wednesday, but all hotel services and propulsion were restored less than 15 minutes later, officials said.  Carnival did not release the cause of the outage.

Ecstasy was on a five-day cruise and departed from Port Canaveral on Saturday.

Carnival says Ecstasy's next voyage, a four-day cruise to the Bahamas, is expected to depart from port Thursday afternoon.

The power outage aboard Ecstasy occurred the same day Carnival Cruise Lines announced that it will spend more than $300 million to upgrade its ships, including enhancing power capabilities and introduce new fire safety technology across its 24-ship fleet.

The program comes after a slew of ship issues on Carnival ships, including the Triumph's  engine fire back in February that left thousands of passengers stranded at sea for several days. The conditions were reportedly awful, including limited toilet use and food service.

A month later, the Carnival Dream reported technical issues with its emergency diesel generator during routine testing while docked in St. Maarten, prompting officials to fly passengers from the Caribbean back home.

Earlier this week, Carnival Corp. subsidiary Princess Cruises had a blockage within the ship's vacuum toilet system rendered 410 stateroom toilets inoperable from 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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