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Cruise ship passengers told they can leave ship

The Carnival Dream's 5,600 passengers and crew have been told that they have the option to leave the stranded ship to visit the port of St. Maarten until their scheduled return home.

A combination of commercial and private chartered planes are on their way to collect the passengers and taken them on to their final destinations.

A view of the Carnival Dream cruise ship on a previous journey. Credit: REUTERS/John Halley

Carnival launched review of cruise ships this week

Earlier this week, Carnival Cruise Lines President and Chief Executive Gerry Cahill said the company had launched a comprehensive review of its entire fleet.

It comes after a fire crippled the Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico last month.

Gerry Cahill, President and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines Credit: Reuters

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Carnival: All guests on Dream 'safe and comfortable'

The Carnival Dream has a technical issue with the ship’s backup emergency diesel generator which our engineering team is currently working on.

Yesterday, during regularly scheduled testing of the ship’s emergency diesel generator, a malfunction occurred. 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 12.30am.

We are very sorry for this disruption to our guests' vacation plans and extend our sincere apologies.

– Carnival Cruise Lines

Passenger describes scenes on stranded Dream ship

Gregg Stark, his wife and two young children are travelling on the Carnival Dream which is currently stranded in the Caribbean after experiencing technical issues.

He told CNN:

There's human waste all over the floor in some of the bathrooms and they're overflowing -and in the state rooms.

The elevators have not been working. They've been turning them on and off, on and off.

Carnival on 'technical issue' affecting Dream ship

Latest incident at troubled cruise ship company

A Carnival Cruise Lines ship is stuck at port in St. Maarten in the Caribbean with equipment trouble.

Last month, 4,200 people aboard another Carnival ship were stranded for almost five days, after a fire in its engine room.

The Carnival Triumph came adrift in the Gulf of Mexico

Passengers on the Triumph described "hellish" conditions including being forced to sleep in tents on deck and due to limited food being reduced to eating cold onion sandwiches.

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Carnival Cruise Lines ship stuck in the Caribbean

A Carnival Cruise Lines ship is stuck at port in St. Maarten in the Caribbean with equipment trouble, Reuters reports.

The captain of the Carnival Dream reported a problem with the emergency diesel generator, which controls the ship's propulsion, a US Coast Guard spokesman said.

The Coast Guard first learned of a problem aboard the ship from a passenger at about 3 a.m. local time, said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss in Miami.

It comes a month after another Carnival vessel was disabled in the Gulf of Mexico by a fire, trapping thousands of passengers for nearly five days.