The failure comes just a month after passengers on another Carnival cruise ship, the Triumph, were stranded without power in the Gulf of Mexico due to an engine fire. CNN talked with passengers on the Dream who talked of power outages and overflowing toilets, problems that also plagued the stranded ship last month. Although the ship was docked in a St. Maarten port, passengers were not allowed to leave the ship.
“During regularly scheduled testing of the ship’s emergency diesel generator, a malfunction occurred,” Carnival said in a statement about today’s troubles. “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,” the statement continued. “We are also cancelling the ship’s next voyage which is scheduled to depart on Saturday, March 16.”
The cruise ship was due to leave St. Maarten today and was due back at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss said.