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Once Again, a Carnival Cruise Ends Badly: Passengers to be Flown Home

Posted on March 14, 2013

It was only a month ago that the Carnival Cruise ship Triumph experienced a fire in its engine room that knocked out power and stranded thousands of passengers for five days aboard a ship with no toilets, no air conditioning, and dwindling food supplies as it was being towed back to port across the Gulf of Mexico.

And now, there appears to be yet another setback for Carnival.

The cruise ship litigation lawyers in Florida at Farah & Farah have learned that yet another Carnival cruise ship has experienced problems — difficulties so serious that the company is flying passengers home from a port of call in St. Maarten and canceling the ship’s next scheduled cruise.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the Carnival Dream, which was on the final leg of a cruise to the Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and St. Maarten, experienced a “technical issue” with an emergency diesel generator. A statement released by Carnival said that the problem did cause “periodic interruptions” to the toilet system and elevators, but that at no time was the main power or the ship’s propulsion system compromised.

The Carnival Dream left Florida last Saturday and was scheduled to start back on Wednesday. The ship did make it to its scheduled port of call in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, but it will remain there until the ship is inspected. Along with air passage home, passengers will obtain a refund for the final three days of the cruise and will receive a 50 percent discount off a future cruise, according to Miami-based Carnival.

This is another in a series of Carnival Cruise mishaps. The company is still dealing with lawsuits stemming from the Costa Concordia disaster last year, which claimed the lives of 32 passengers and crew after it ran aground off the coast of Italy.

The cruise industry has a duty to care for its passengers in a reasonable and safe way. If you believe you have suffered harm aboard a cruise ship, it’s important that you contact a law firm experienced in maritime and admiralty law. Farah & Farah can answer your questions and discuss your legal options. We can be reached online or by calling us at (800) 533-3555, for a free, no-obligation consultation.