Troubled Carnival cruise ship Legend arrives back in Tampa

TAMPA, Florida (AP) - A Carnival cruise ship that experienced technical issues with its propulsion system and cancelled one stop has arrived as scheduled in Tampa, Florida.

The Carnival Legend reduced its speed because of the problem and did not stop at the Grand Cayman Islands. Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen says Legend arrived about 7am Sunday in Tampa, and passengers were off the ship by the normal debarkation time of 10.30am.

Carnival stressed in a statement that the Legend's safety systems, steering and services onboard were functioning normally.

Mr Gulliksen said the Legend should depart on time on Sunday afternoon for its next trip, at a slightly reduced speed and with one itinerary change. He said the ship would stop in Costa Maya, Mexico, instead of Grand Cayman because it was a closer port.