Carnival has another poop cruise on its hands

Cruise Ship Fire
The Carnival Triumph has been floating aimlessly about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula since a fire erupted in the aft engine room early Sunday, knocking out the ship's propulsion system. No one was injured and the fire was extinguished.

The Carnival Dream is stuck in port down in St. Maarten. The passengers are, apparently, not allowed off the ship even though toilets are overflowing and there are power outages abound. Some of the travelers contacted CNN on Thursday morning.

"We are not allowed off of the boat despite the fact that we have no way to use the restrooms on board," Jonathan Evans of Reidsville, North Carolina, said in an e-mail early Thursday. "The cruise director is giving passengers very limited information and tons of empty promises. What was supposed to take a hour has turned into 7-plus hours."

Passenger Gregg Stark (of Winterfell, no doubt) spoke to CNN about the plumbing problems.

Gregg Stark, who is traveling with his wife and two young children, 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."

Apparently the issue revolves around a generator problem.

The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday it was notified by Carnival that the Dream was experiencing generator issues. Carnival has not requested assistance from the Coast Guard, which has no jurisdiction in the ship's current location, Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios told CNN.

The vessel's emergency generator has failed, Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said. The emergency generator powers propulsion for the ship, Barney explained.

Carnival Dream's captain is reportedly in direct contact with the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Command Center and tells them that the sewage system and main generator are functioning properly. The ordeal comes just a few weeks after the whole Carnival Triumph fiasco. [CNN]