La. passengers aboard cruise ship experiencing problems in Gulf of Mexico
NEW ORLEANS – Passengers from Louisiana with access to the internet shared pictures and messages about their cruise ship breaking down in the gulf this week.
A message thread from one passenger started Thursday with a post about being “at a dead stop in the middle of the gulf.” By Friday, they reported that crewmen were working on the engines and had encountered problems again – though able to slowly cruise along.
But, no one seems to be too worried. Posts suggested the water is calm, there was a cool breeze and passengers were enjoying the sun.
The posts concern the Carnival Dream, which sails from New Orleans and into the Caribbean.
The Carnival company said "Carnival Dream is presently experiencing a technical issue which is affecting its maximum cruising speed. All other systems are functioning normally. Technicians are working to resolve the issue."
In an email, the company added engines were down for a brief period for tests; the ship stopped only temporarily for the tests.
A representative from the company told WBRZ passengers will receive a $50 onboard credit.
The ship canceled its final stop and will return to New Orleans early.
The Dream was fixed over the weekend and departed on another seven-day trip on Sunday.
In 2016, nineteen cruise ships from various companies experienced partial or complete loss of propulsion due to engine problems, cruise blog Cruise Law News reported.
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