Power outages and overflowing toilets don’t sound like ingredients of a “dream” vacation, the vessel’s name notwithstanding. They will sound distressingly familiar to passengers who endured those and other hardships aboard the Carnival Triumph last month.
FOX News reports that a second Carnival cruise ship, the Carnival Dream, told the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday that the ship was experiencing problems with its propulsion system.
Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque said the ship has sewage and power and officials are working to correct the problems. She says the Coast Guard is not involved because the ship is moored.
Carnival officials issued a statement to FOX News acknowledging the ship has a “technical issue” that is currently being worked on by its engineering team. The statement reads:
At no time did the ship lose power but there were periodic interruptions to elevators and toilets for a few hours last night. However at this time all hotel systems are functioning normally and have been functional since approximately 12.30 a.m. The ship has full power but is still at dock while personnel continue to work on the technical issue. The Carnival Dream was on a seven-day cruise and is based in Port Canaveral, Fla.
Meantime, one of the approximately 4,300 passengers on board is quoted as saying in an email:
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 seven-plus hours.
Another passenger reports that the elevators have not been working and that there is “human waste” was found on the floor of some of the ship’s bathrooms.
The conditions are not what the cruise line had in mind when it added the ship to its fleet in 2009, as evidenced in the video below.
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Carnival Corporation following last month’s engine room fire, which crippled the Carnival Triumph, leaving more than 4,200 passengers without power or working toilets for five days.
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