Dejavu for Carnival Dream
They say that bad things come in threes and that seems to be the case here: Carnival first had issues in mid-February with the Triumph stranding 4,200 passengers. Then, at the end of February, a Saratoga Springs teen was found dead in his room on the day he arrived back in NYC on the ship from a Caribbean trip (kinda surprised that hasn't gotten more national attention, by the way. Maybe it will soon once we get the toxicology results back, which should be soon, actually.)
But now, lucky number three, Carnival Cruise Lines said the Dream had a "technical issue" with its backup emergency diesel generator that was discovered during a test Wednesday. A company statement said that the ship did not lose power but that there were periodic interruptions to elevators and restrooms.
The AP reported that, after talking with multiple passengers, they said the conditions on the ship were "fine."
Even so, the company is not taking any chances with the more than 3,600 passengers and is flying people home from St. Maarten, which was the last stop on a 7-day trip from Port Canaveral, Fl.
Though, according to reviews from cruisecritic.com, the Triumph incident was not as bad as reported. But, at the same token, a lawsuit has been filed by 17 passengers.
The March 16 trip on the Dream has been canceled, fyi. For those looking for a replacement cruise, may I suggest Norwegian?