Another Carnival ship dealing with problems in St. Maarten
Just a month after a fire crippled a Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico, there are reports of another ship experiencing its own problems.
Several passengers aboard the Carnival Dream have contacted CNN, telling stories of power outages and overflowing toilets, all while docked in port at Philipsburg, St. Maarten, in the eastern Caribbean.
"We are not allowed off of the boat despite the fact that we have no way to use the restrooms on board," Jonathan Evans of Reidsville, North Carolina, said in an e-mail Thursday. "What was supposed to take a hour has turned into over seven hours."
The Dream was scheduled to leave port around 5 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday.
An announcement over the ship's public address system said they were trying to fix the problem and were working on the generators. A few hours later, another announcement was made, saying the problem was worse than expected.
When told of the complaints, a Carnival representative said late Wednesday night he wasn't aware of a problem. Several subsequent calls to the cruise line went unanswered.
The Carnival Dream cruise ship can carry more than 5,000 passengers and crew. It sailed from Port Canaveral, Florida on Saturday.
The reports are similar to those that came from the Carnival Triumph last month. An engine room fire left the cruise ship crippled and adrift in the Gulf of Mexico with more than 4,200 people aboard.