Passengers are reporting power outages and overflowing toilets on another Carnival Cruises passenger liner, the Carnival Dream. According to CNN, the Dream is docked at Philipsburg, St. Maarten, without elevators or working toilets, but cruise line personnel will not allow passengers to go ashore to use sanitary facilities.
“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,” passenger Greg Stark told CNN. Stark is traveling with his wife and two small children.
“We are not allowed off of the boat despite the fact that we have no way to use the restrooms on board,” wrote passenger Jonathan Evans of Reidsville, North Carolina in an email early Thursday morning. “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.”
U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss told CNN that the ship’s captain made the decision to keep passengers aboard for “accountability purposes.”
“The last thing we want to do is have someone get left behind in St. Maarten by accident,” said Doss.
Carnival spokespersons insisted to CNN that the ship has never lost power altogether, but was having issues with an on-board generator. The outages, they insist, were intermittent, and the ship is now back at full power, but is remaining docked until maintenance personnel can sort out a “technical issue.”
Passengers began to contact news agencies on Wednesday night, but at the time Carnival denied that the 5,000-passenger ship was having any problems on its 7 day cruise, which began Saturday. Carnival spokesperson Vance Gulliksen said he wasn’t aware of any problems at all on Wednesday.
Fire broke out in the engine room of the Carnival Triumph off the coast of Mexico earlier this year, resulting in a days-long ordeal for passengers who struggled with no plumbing, no air conditioning or other amenities as the crippled Triumph was towed back to shore in Alabama. Carnival Cruises CEO Gerry Cahill announced the review at an industry conference in Miami.
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