Waste 'All Over Floor' on Another Carnival Cruise
Tourists stuck on ship with no access to bathrooms: passenger
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 14, 2013 7:26 AM CDT
Updated Mar 14, 2013 12:00 PM CDT
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)

(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.

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Mar 20, 2013 4:39 PM CDT
Portable gas or diesel powered generators should be in storage on all cruise ships for emergencies like this. Also, gas powered water pumps should be stored so toilets will continue to function. Flushing toilets with salt water will not harm the pipes or the fixtures. Both can be cleaned out with fresh water afterwards. The problems with several ships belonging to the same cruise line indicates possible design flaw(s) that take some time to occur, or a problem with routine/preventive maintenance procedures, or both.
Mar 15, 2013 7:09 AM CDT
How hard can it be to come up with 1,000 watts of power to run 10 exit lane scanners and let 3,000 pax debark in an hour? An extension cord from the dock could give you 1000 watts.
Mar 14, 2013 10:29 PM CDT
Plain and simple...Rubio, Cruz, Boehner...New legislation! If a Cruise ship does business in the United States they must abide by a certain standards for health and safety. If they don't...no business license issued for them in the United States. Folks, that means they can't operate in our ports! No more towing for four days. No more keeping passengers on board in unsanitary environments. Make penalties very impactful. Let's see if the folks in Washington have a pair between their legs to help Americans in distress.