(11:45 a.m.) — An electrical issue on Adonia, Fathom’s only cruise ship, forced the vessel to turn back to Miami on Sunday at the start of its current Cuba sailing. The delay pushed back the ship’s arrival in Cuba and necessitated the cancellation of one of the ship’s three scheduled port of calls.
The problem was a “momentary electrical issue that was quickly restored,” Roger Frizzell, senior vice president and chief communications officer at Fathom parent company Carnival Corporation, said. Adonia returned to Miami to have the issue fixed while the ship was docked.
Adonia was scheduled to arrive May 30 in Havana, Cuba; because of the delay the ship instead arrived at 7:30 a.m. today and will depart at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The ship will then proceed directly to Santiago de Cuba, skipping Cienfuegos, to arrive as scheduled.
Passengers were offered free drinks and onboard credit in compensation for the delay and missed port, Frizzell told Cruise Critic, though he didn’t specify how much onboard credit was offered.
Fathom is the first U.S.-based cruise line permitted by both the U.S. government and Cuba to operate cruises from the United States directly to Cuba. Because of U.S. regulations, the ship’s scheduled port of calls must all be in Cuba.