St. Maarten-- Carnival's cruise ship, "Dream" is more a nightmare. A generator problem halted the ship in St. Maarten, and this latest maintenance headache for the world's largest cruise line has forced Carnival to scramble to save face and save future business.
Passenger Aline Linard spoke with Tama's 10 News via Facetime about what's going on aboard the ship.
"We're not moving, we're just stopped, but everything is happening as normal. All the activities- lunch, dinner- everything is fine," said Linard.
The ship was scheduled to return to Cape Canaveral last night at 5 p.m. Linard says passengers were told an hour later there was a problem, and departure would be delayed.
When passengers woke up, the ship was still in port, and that has led to confusion.
"We have no idea when we're going home. That's the only thing we are unsure of, and nobody can answer that for us. We've talked to five different people and everyone tells us the same thing," said Linard.
Carnival gave passengers a letter describing the situation, instructing that the boat would not be leaving St. Maarten at all. Instead, passengers will be flown back to port sometime this weekend.
This is just another black eye for Carnival. It was just weeks ago that Carnival Triumph lost power at sea and floated aimlessly in the Gulf for days without power- which led to major problems with the bathrooms and waste disposal, and ultimately, sanitary conditions.
Despite the problems, Linard says she will book on Carnival again.
"I will actually, for 50 percent off!"