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Another Carnival cruise nightmare

Carnival cruise ship stuck in dock in Caribbean

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The Carnival Dream cruise ship in 2010. (Carnival Cruise Lines photo via AP) The Carnival Dream cruise ship in 2010. (Carnival Cruise Lines photo via AP)

By FOXNEWS.COM

Another Carnival cruise liner -- the Carnival Dream -- is experiencing problems with its propulsion system amid reports of power outages and overflowing toilets while docked in the Caribbean, one month after a fire crippled the Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico.

A U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman in Miami told the Associated Press Thursday that Carnival Dream's captain reported possible trouble with the ship's propulsion system. Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque said the ship has sewage and power and officials are working to correct the problems. She says the Coast Guard is not involved because the ship is moored.

Carnival officials, in a statement to FoxNews.com, said the ship has a "technical issue" with its backup emergency diesel generator that is currently being worked on by its engineering team.

"Yesterday, during regularly scheduled testing of the ship's emergency diesel generator, a malfunction occurred," the statement read. "At no time did the ship lose power and the ship's propulsion systems and primary power source was not impacted. The ship is at dock in St. Maarten.  All guests are safe and comfortable.  There were periodic interruptions to elevators and restroom services for a few hours last night.  However, all hotel systems are functioning normally and have been functional since approximately 12:30 a.m." 

Approximately 4,300 passengers and roughly 1,100 crewmembers were aboard the ship, a Carnival spokesman told FoxNews.com.

As engineers work on the technical issue, arrangements are being made to fly all guests home via private charter flights and scheduled flights from St. Maarten. Passengers will receive a refund equivalent to three days of the voyage and 50 percent off a future cruise, Carnival officials said. 

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