Here’s what you should know about this second failed Carnival cruise ship and what’s happened to the people aboard the ship.
1. The Dream Experienced Overflowing Toilets and Power Outages
The Carnival Dream was struck by overflowing toilets and rampant power outages, just like its sister cruise ship the Triumph. Several of the onboard passengers spoke to CNN and said they were forced to stay on the boat even while these issues were still persistent. One guest, Gregg Stark, said:
There’s human waste all over the floor in some of the bathrooms and they’re overflowing — and in the state rooms. The elevators have not been working. They’ve been turning them on and off, on and off.
The photos below gives a clear depiction of the horrible conditions the ship’s guests endured:
2. Onboard Guests Are Being Flown Off an Island
Carnival announced on Thursday that the guests of the cruise ship were being flown off the island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean to Florida. The ship left this post at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The ship’s passengers will be refunded for three days of the cruise voyage and receive a 50 percent discount on future cruises.
3. Guests Had to Stay on the Ship in Squalid Conditions
The guests aboard the Dream had to stay aboard the boat and sleep outside on the ship during the power and sewage failures. One guest, Jonathan Evans, provided a message on the matter to CNN:
We are not allowed off of the boat despite the fact that we have no way to use the restrooms on board. The cruise director is giving passengers very limited information and tons of empty promises. What was supposed to take an hour has turned into 7-plus hours.
4. The Ship Holds Thousands of Passengers and Crew Members
The Dream has a large capacity of people who were forced to endure this horrible conditions — 3,646 guests and 1,367 crew members. The ship measures at 1,000 feet long. The Dream first departed from Port Canaveral this past Saturday for a seven-day journey.
5. Carnival Gave a Status Update
On the official Facebook page of Carnival, the company gave this status update on the situation:
Update on Carnival Dream
March 14, 2013- 10:45 am
The Carnival Dream has a technical issue with the ship’s backup emergency diesel generator which our engineering team is currently working on. Yesterday, during regularly scheduled testing of the ship’s emergency diesel generator, a malfunction occurred. At no time did the ship lose power and the ship’s propulsion systems and primary power source was not impacted. The ship is at dock in St. Maarten. All guests are safe and comfortable. There were periodic interruptions to elevators and restroom services for a few hours last night. However, all hotel systems are functioning normally and have been functional since approximately 12.30am.
While personnel continue to work on the technical issue we are making arrangements to fly all guests home via private charter flights and scheduled flights from St. Maarten. Guests on the current voyage will receive a refund equivalent to three days of the voyage and 50 percent off a future cruise.
We are also cancelling the ship’s next voyage which is scheduled to depart on Saturday, March 16. Guests scheduled to sail on this cruise will receive a full refund and 25 percent off a future seven-day cruise. Guests who re-book will have their current rate protected on the future sailing.
Additionally, any non-refundable transportation related expenses will be reimbursed.
Yesterday was a scheduled port of call visit to St. Maarten. Guests were able to spend the full day in port and have the option of continuing to do so until their scheduled return home. All of the ship’s activities and facilities are fully operational.
We are very sorry for this disruption to our guests’ vacation plans and extend our sincere apologies. We look forward to welcoming them back on another Carnival cruise.
The Carnival Dream was on the last leg of a seven-day cruise and was docked in St. Maarten when the technical problem arose. The ship is based in Port Canaveral, Fla.