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Carnival cruise ship problems continue; passengers flown home after generator failure


In this handout from the U.S. Coast Guard, the cruise ship Carnival Triumph sits idle February 11, 2013 in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the Coast Guard, the ship lost propulsion power February 10, after a fire broke out in the engine room.


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Carnival's cruise ships are continuing their losing streak this week, after their "Dream" liner's generator failed while in the Caribbean.

Passengers aboard the Carnival Dream were complaining of power outages and overflowing toilets, and the ship is now docked in St. Maarten for repairs. There were 4,300 guests and about 1,100 crew members on board at the time of the mishap, CNN reported

"At no time did the ship lose power but there were periodic interruptions to elevators and toilets for a few hours last night," spokesman Vance Gulliksen said in an e-mailed statement, Agence France-Presse reported.

"However at this time all hotel systems are functioning normally and have been functional since approximately 12:30 a.m."

The company also said it would be cancelling the ship's next departure, slated for Sunday, according to CNN. 

The incident comes just a month after a fire on a separate Carnival ship left thousands of passengers stranded at sea in the Gulf of Mexico for five days. 

Carnival Cruise Lines President and Chief Executive Gerry Cahill said this week that the company would be doing a "comprehensive review" of its entire fleet in the wake of that disaster. 

The Dream's passengers are being flown back to Florida while the ship is repaired, and will receive a refund equal to three days' worth of travel and half off a future cruise, Carnival said in its statement, according to Reuters

The ship was supposed to be due back in port in Florida on Saturday. 

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