03-14-2013, 12:23 PM #1
Carnival Dream: Generator Problems
Carnival cruise ship stuck at port with generator problem
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(Reuters) - A Carnival Cruise Lines ship was stuck at port in St. Maarten on Thursday with equipment trouble, a month after another Carnival vessel was disabled by a fire that trapped thousands of passengers at sea for nearly five days.
Carnival Corp said the Carnival Dream's emergency diesel generator malfunctioned during testing on Wednesday, causing temporary disruptions overnight to elevator and toilet services...
03-14-2013, 12:38 PM #2
Reports: Another troubled Carnival ship
Author: By Tina Burnside and Ed Payne CNN
Published On: Mar 14 2013 07:47:28 AM EDT
A month after a fire crippled a Carnival ship in the Gulf of Mexico, another one of the cruise line's vessels may be experiencing its own problems.
Multiple passengers aboard the Carnival Dream have contacted CNN, telling stories of power outages and overflowing toilets, all while docked in port at Philipsburg, St. Maarten, in the eastern Caribbean.
"We are not allowed off of the boat despite the fact that we have no way to use the restrooms on board," Jonathan Evans of Reidsville, North Carolina, said in an e-mail early Thursday. "The cruise director is giving passengers very limited information and tons of empty promises. What was supposed to take a hour has turned into 7+ hours."
The Dream was scheduled to leave port around 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday...
03-14-2013, 01:09 PM #3
03-14-2013, 01:41 PM #4PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTEN — Passengers from the Carnival Dream were heading to the airport Thursday instead of sailing home after an on board generator problem halted their trip in the latest maintenance headache for the world's largest cruise line.
The Dream was in St. Maarten on the final stop of a Caribbean cruise when the crew announced they would not be sailing home to Port Canaveral, Florida, because of a mechanical issue with a diesel generator, passengers said.
Carnival Cruise Lines said the Dream had a "technical issue," with its backup emergency diesel generator that was discovered during a test on Wednesday. A company statement said the ship did not lose power but that there were periodic interruptions to elevators and restrooms.
Carnival said all systems were functioning normally Thursday but the company had decided to make flight arrangements for the passengers to return home by air.
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03-15-2013, 01:26 PM #5
Carnival Legend Having Technical Problems
Carnival cruise ship has problems, again
Legend having technical difficulties affecting sailing speed
Author: By Lateef Mungin and Mark Morgenstein CNN
Published On: Mar 15 2013 02:13:27 AM EDT Updated On: Mar 15 2013 12:53:06 PM EDT
First, it was Triumph.
And now, Legend.
While those are happy names for cruise ships, some Carnival Cruise Lines passengers say their recent onboard experiences belie the names.
In yet another setback for the cruise line, the Carnival Legend is having technical difficulties that are affecting its sailing speed. It's the latest in a growing list of woes for the travel company.
The Legend was on the last leg of a seven-day Caribbean cruise that departed Tampa, Florida, on Sunday. In a month's time, three other Carnival cruise ships have reported problems...
03-15-2013, 02:58 PM #6
I saw some of the passengers interviewed. Some were pretty accepting of it, saying that "these things happen," others were belligerent, obviously planning their lawsuits.
I like the people that tweeted, "how DARE they strand us on a tropical island???!!"
Life is too short. Pick the battles that you're going to let raise your blood pressure. You know everyone is going to get compensated, so what's the big deal?
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03-16-2013, 11:38 AM #8
Will Carnival Keep Its Customers?
Will Carnival keep its customers?
Mechanical issues hit ships.
Author: By Katia Hetter CNN
Published On: Mar 15 2013 05:56:30 PM EDT Updated On: Mar 16 2013 10:02:49 AM EDT
Jebb Graff isn't turned off -- yet -- by Carnival Cruise Lines' recent troubles.
Graff took a seven-day cruise last fall on the Carnival Fantasy to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau, Bahamas and had a wonderful time. "It was a fantastic trip," wrote Graff, a photographer in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, in an email.
"A few veteran cruisers grumbled about the age of the ship, and the decor being dated, but the service and experience was really great," he said.
Graff said he would definitely take another Carnival cruise. But he has some conditions.
"There's no question that Carnival should be seriously looking into their maintenance policies and double-checking their work to make sure their customers and crews are having the safest voyages possible," wrote Graff. "If these issues continue to go on unchecked, then I'll change my answer."
Carnival has a window of opportunity to convince customers its ships can sail without too much trouble, according to several travel agents and cruisers interviewed by CNN.com. But the company has to prove it is tackling the recent spate of mechanical issues faced by four Carnival ships, the most serious of which left more than 4,000 people stranded for days aboard the Carnival Triumph last month...
03-16-2013, 12:26 PM #9
If this account is true, then "being stranded on a tropical island" isn't as grand as it might seem. Sure, the weather was gorgeous, and St. Maarten/St. Martin has beautiful beaches, historical sites, art galleries, shopping, dining, but being held hostage on the ship and not having access to these amenities isn't necessarily pleasant. Passengers were expected back onboard at the scheduled departure time regardless of the prolonged stay in port.
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03-16-2013, 01:19 PM #10
All these breakdowns speak to poor maintenance and/or no preventative maintenance of the ships.All posts from me are MY OPINION ONLY
03-16-2013, 01:50 PM #11
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03-17-2013, 11:30 AM #12Registered User
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The Legend arrived in Tampa:
TAMPA, Fla. – A Carnival cruise ship that experienced technical issues with its propulsion system and canceled one stop has arrived as scheduled in Tampa, Fla.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/17...#ixzz2NoMlK3wb
03-17-2013, 11:46 AM #13
Legend Will Sail On Schedule Today
March 17, 2013 at 10:58 am
Troubled Carnival ship arrives back in Tampa
By Associated Press
Tampa, Fla. — A Carnival cruise ship that experienced technical issues with its propulsion system and canceled one stop has arrived as scheduled in Tampa, Fla.
...Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen says Legend arrived about 7 a.m. Sunday in Tampa, and passengers were off the ship by the normal debarkation time of 10:30 a.m...
...Gulliksen says Legend should depart on time Sunday afternoon for its next trip, at a slightly reduced speed and with one itinerary change. He says the ship will stop in Costa Maya, Mexico, instead of Grand Cayman because it is a closer port.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...#ixzz2NoQ58Rgo
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Schumer calls for cruise ship bill of rights
Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the cruise ship industry to adopt a "bill of rights" to guarantee passengers certain protections while aboard their ships.
The New York Democrat says Sunday he'll be asking industry leaders to voluntarily adopt the guidelines which include guarantees that ships have sanitary conditions, back-up power, medical staff and other standard procedures.
Schumer's plan would also include the right to a full refund if a trip is abruptly canceled due to mechanical problems.
03-17-2013, 04:00 PM #15
As long as people keep patronizing companies like this, they have no incentive to improve.All posts from me are MY OPINION ONLY
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