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Carnival Ecstasy: The latest ship to lose power at sea

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Another Carnival cruise ship has experienced a power failure at sea, albeit a brief one.

The power outage on the 2,056-passenger Carnival Ecstasy occurred late Wednesday and only lasted for about 12 minutes, Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen tells USA TODAY.

The ship was sailing off the coast of Florida at the time of the incident.

Gulliksen says the power loss was caused by a mechanical issue that was quickly repaired. There was no engine fire on the vessel, as was reported early Thursday by a Florida news outlet.

All hotel services on the ship including toilets and elevators are working.

Gulliksen says the Ecstasy returned this morning to its home port of Port Canaveral, Fla., as scheduled. The ship was at the end of a five-day cruise that began Saturday.

The power loss on the Ecstasy comes two months after an engine room fire knocked out power on the Carnival Triumph as it was sailing in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving the 2,758-passenger ship dead in the water. Passengers described miserable conditions as the ship was towed to Mobile, Ala., and the much-publicized incident has dealt a significant blow to the line's reputation.

Carnival on Wednesday announced plans for a massive, $300 million upgrade to emergency power systems, fire systems and engine-related electrical components on its 24 ships to prevent a repeat of what happened on the Carnival Triumph.

By Gene Sloan, USA Today

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