Carnival to fly cruise passengers home from St. Maarten

Carnival to fly cruise passengers home from St. Maarten

Carnival to fly cruise passengers home from St. Maarten

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 9:14 AM

MIAMI -- Carnival has announced plans to fly passengers on the Carnival Dream home from where it is docked in St. Maarten.

The announcement came in a Facebook post to the company's page Thursday morning.

Guests on the ship will fly on either chartered or scheduled flights, and receive a refund for three days of the seven-day voyage, as well as 50 percent off a future cruise.

A month after a Carnival cruise ship was stranded for five days in the Gulf of Mexico, the Carnival Dream is having equipment problems in the Caribbean.

Carnival cited a technical issue with the ship's backup emergency diesel generator. A malfunction during scheduled testing resulted in periodic interruptions to elevators and restroom services.

All systems have been fully functional since just after midnight.

U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Sabrina Laberdesque said Thursday that Carnival Dream's captain notified the agency of possible trouble with the ship's propulsion system.

The cruise ship, which has a capacity of 3,646 passengers, is docked at Phillipsburg in St. Maarten.

Carnival also cancelled the Dream's next cruise, which was scheduled to depart on Saturday, March 16.

Laberdesque says the Coast Guard isn't involved because the ship is moored.

An engine fire crippled the Carnival Triumph in February, leaving 4,200 without working toilets or power.

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