Another Carnival cruise has become a nightmare for passengers, after a generator failed, causing toilets to stop working and the power to go off.
Passengers on board the Carnival Dream were not allowed to get off the ship, even though it was docked in St. Maarten at the time of the power failure. Carnival Cruise Lines is working to fly all the passengers back to Florida.
The ship had 4,300 guests and 1,100 crew members aboard. Passengers claimed that human waste was all over the floor, and toilets were overflowing. Carnival said that only one public restroom and one guest restroom were taken offline for cleaning based on toilet overflow.
The Carnival Dream based in Port Canaveral, Florida was on a seven-day cruise, and was scheduled to leave St. Maarten Wednesday evening. Coast Guard reports show that the cruise ship did notify them of generator issues, but did not request assistance.
This disaster comes a month after the Carnival Triumph, when an engine fire left the ship adrift in the Gulf of Mexico with 4,200 passengers aboard.
The cruise ship was eventually tugged into a port in Alabama, and Carnival Cruise Lines is currently involving in a class action lawsuit against the passengers.
On Tuesday, Carnival announced it was conducting a review of all of its 23 ships due to the fire last month. The review will focus on the prevention, detection and suppression of fires, engine room redundancies, and what additional facilities might run off emergency generators.
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Source: CNN, "Carnival to fly passengers home after another cruise failure," March 14, 2013.