WATSON ISLAND, Fla. (WSVN) — The Adonia is finally set to dock in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, days after experiencing “electrical difficulty” out at sea.
The Adonia, which is operated by Fathom Impact Travel and owned by Carnival Corporation, returned to PortMiami, Sunday, following orders from the U.S. Coast Guard. A 7News viewer onboard the ship said a power outage caused elevators, bathrooms and air conditioners to stop working.
Also onboard the ship at the time of the blackout was Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Corporation and the owner of the Miami Heat. The trip is his first time on the new route.
Before the electrical problems, Arison posted on Instagram how excited he was to be sailing to Cuba. In the video clip, he said, “It has been 49 years since I have been in this industry, and I was starting to believe this day would never happen, but today we are sailing right from Miami to Havana and I can’t wait.”
Arison also tweeted a picture with the ship’s captain, Sarah Breton.
The Adonia is the same ship that alternates weekly between a Miami-to-Dominican Republic cruise and a Miami-to-Cuba cruise. The ship’s stop on Cienfuegos on Sunday was canceled, but beyond that, the Adonia is sailing normally.
Hours after the outage on the ship, another Carnival ship experienced a brief power outage while sailing back to Florida from the Bahamas, early Monday.
According to Carnival Cruise Line, the outage on the Carnival Elation started Monday at around 1:45 a.m. In a statement, officials said, “The ship’s technicians promptly restored power and the ship arrived at its homeport of Jacksonville at approximately 9:30 this morning, slightly behind schedule.”
In addition, officials said, one guest passed away while the ship was docked in the Bahamas. The statement reads, “All indications suggest the death appears to have been of natural causes.”
A passenger onboard the Elation talked about the deceased man. “I ran around, and it was a lady that was across the hall from my cousins, and her husband died on the ship, so it was a lot of screaming and stuff like that,” she said.
A Fathom spokesperson said the ship should arrive in Havana at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday. There is no word on what caused the electrical problems.
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