Waste 'All Over Floor' on Another Carnival Cruise

Tourists stuck on ship with no access to bathrooms: passenger

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 14, 2013 7:26 AM CDT | Updated Mar 14, 2013 12:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – A rather disgusting moment of deja vu: It seems another Carnival cruise ship, the Dream, is experiencing a mess similar to last month's on the Triumph. The apparently crippled boat is docked in the eastern Caribbean, at St. Maarten. "We are not allowed off of the boat despite the fact that we have no way to use the restrooms on board," a passenger tells CNN in an email. "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." The good news: Carnival is at least flying these passengers home, rather than making them take a slow tugboat to Alabama.

Adds another passenger: "There's human waste all over the floor in some of the bathrooms and they're overflowing." What's more, "the elevators have not been working." The ship's PA system announced that staff were working to fix generators, but shortly afterward, passengers were told the problem was worse than had been thought. The Coast Guard has been in contact with the boat, but the 5,000-capacity ship is out of its jurisdiction. The Dream had been set to depart yesterday around 5pm. Instead, passengers will fly home from St. Maarten, though there's no word yet on when, the AP reports. They'll also get partial refunds and 50% off a future cruise, CNN reports, should they for some reason want to take one.

In this Jan. 5, 2010 photo released by Carnival Cruise Lines, the Carnival Dream is docked in St. Thomas, USVI.
In this Jan. 5, 2010 photo released by Carnival Cruise Lines, the Carnival Dream is docked in St. Thomas, USVI.   (AP Photo/Carnival Cruise Lines, Andy Newman)
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