Royal Caribbean cruise ship departs Florida after day delay

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) " A Royal Caribbean cruise ship set sail from Florida on Tuesday, a day later than scheduled because of problems with life jackets.

The Majesty of the Seas set sail from Port Canaveral after a 24 hour delay caused by a U.S. Coast Guard inspection that found some of the ship's life jackets were showing their age.

The life jackets were replaced with new ones, Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said.

The Coast Guard found other technical issues that were addressed, she said.

Passengers who were expecting to be on their way to the Bahamas instead stayed overnight Monday and most of Tuesday in Port Canaveral.

The ship's 2,515 guests will receive onboard credit for 25 percent of their cruise fare as compensation for being inconvenienced, as well as a 25 percent discount on a future cruise, Martinez said in a statement.

"Royal Caribbean would also like to provide our guests with the opportunity to sail with us again," the statement said.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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