Carnival Dream

Carnival Dream
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Carnival Dream cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9378474, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. Among the unfortunate events at sea are crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions, rescue operations.

Here you can also track MS Carnival Dream position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 128,300-ton 3650-passenger Carnival cruise ship Dream was built in 2009 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

Carnival Dream accidents & incidents

Carnival Dream accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the Carnival Dream CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this cruise ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents. Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and USCG (Coast Guard) reports.

Here we also post updates on Carnival Dream cruise law news. They are related to recent crimes being investigated. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Technical incidents

  • July 9, 2011, propulsion system problems caused itinerary changes – the Western Caribbean itinerary was changed to an Eastern Caribbean. The notification was made only 5 days prior departure. A US$100 onboard credit was offered to passengers as compensation.
  • May 30, 2012, while in Roatan (Honduras), the wire rope of one of the rescue boats broke during hoisting (just before taking its rigging position). The boat fell from ~8 m (26 ft) in the water, with all 4 crew on it.
  • On March 4, 2013, while docked in St Maarten cruise port Great Bay (Philipsburg), the ship suffered a major technical accident concerning its backup emergency generator. The issue was reported during the backup system’s scheduled testing. Although the ship’s propulsion and primary power systems were not impacted, the shipowner Carnival Cruise Lines decided not to risk and let it depart without an operational back-up. While the responsible crew personnel was working on the problem, Carnival decided to fly all the passengers home via private charter flights and regular flights on planes departing from St Maarten airport. As compensation, all passengers received a cruise refund equal to 3-day cost of the canceled voyage, plus 50% future Carnival cruise booking discount. The next sailing (March 16) was also cancelled. All passengers received a full refund, 25% future 7-day Carnival cruise booking discount, plus reimbursement of any non-refundable transportation expenses.
  • March 13, 2013, engine problems again occurred while the ship was docked in St Maarten (USVI). The Captain reported a propulsion system malfunction (the emergency generator failed). The ship’s engineering crew managed to fix the problem.
  • August 11, 2017, technical issue (power or propulsion problems) resulted in reduced cruising speed and itinerary changes. The ship had to skip Cozumel Mexico in order to return in time to homeport NOLA (New Orleans). All other onboard systems functioned normally. The ship was on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary Aug 6-13) with call ports Montego Bay (Jamaica), George Town (Grand Cayman Island) and Cozumel. The next scheduled cruise was not affected. All passengers were compensated with USD 50 pp in onboard credit. On August 12, Carnival announced that the problem was fixed at sea and the ship returns to NOLA as scheduled.

Cuban refugees cruise ship rescue incident

  • On May 7, 2014, the Carnival cruise ship Dream was sailing on a 7-day Mexico cruise from New Orleans (departure May 4). The Dream ship received a distress call and altered its itinerary course, stopping between Grand Cayman and Jamaica in order to help a boat with 34 men and 5 women in it. They were all Cubans, trying to get to the USA. The boat’s engine had failed and it had begun to take on water. All passengers were taken aboard the Dream ship, given medical assistance, then transported to Jamaica (Montego Bay port).
  • Note: Cruise ship operators have agreed to inform the USCG if they spot Cuban refugees in open sea and to rescue them if needed.
  • Similar Carnival cruise ship incidents happened on Carnival Paradise (March 4, 2014, 24 Cubans rescued), on Carnival Ecstasy (March 25, 2014, 41 Cubans rescued), on Carnival Liberty (August 22, 2014, 11 Cubans rescued) and on Carnival Breeze (May 9, 2015, 25 Cubans rescued). All refugee boats were both unseaworthy and overcrowded.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • March 2, 2010, a male passenger died in the Main Dining Room restaurant at dinner. The man suffered a heart attack while choking. The accident happened while the vessel was docked in St Thomas (USVI).
  • August 29, 2010, a female passenger died at sea while traveling with her family. The woman had a serious medical condition (breast cancer) diagnosed prior to boarding the ship. She was given up to 2 months to live.
  • October 15, 2011, FBI investigated a case of a dead newborn found on board. The body was found by a crew in a cruise cabin when the vessel docked in homeport Port Canaveral Florida. After Carnival contacted local authorities in St Maarten, they found the 20-year-old mother (US citizen) and detained her. FBI reported the mother didn’t return to USA.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • March 8, 2010, a lawsuit was filed against a 30-year-old male passenger who broke into the ship’s infirmary and stole drugs. He was charged with burglary involving drugs and with possession of controlled substances. The man arrested on the ship and delivered to the FBI after it docked in Long Beach CA. When searching his cabin sometime after the break-in, the ship’s security uncovered syringes with morphine, Dilaudid (Hydromorphone Hydrochloride) and Percocet (endocet) tablets.
  • July 24, 2011, near Key West Florida, a male crew experienced right-side face paralysis. Also reported were slurred speech, vomiting, disorientation. Via USCG cutter boat the man was disembarked from the ship and transferred to Marathon, FL (Fishermanâa™s Hospital).
  • August 9, 2011, near Miami FL, a male passenger sustained an eye injury. He was disembarked in Miami.
  • October 15, 2011, a male passenger (diagnosed with pre-existing Pneumonia) was Medevaced by USCG boat and transferred to Fort Pierce FL (Lawnwood Hospital).
  • November 6, 2011, a female passenger was injured (slipped and fell, fracturing her left shoulder) while walking the Lido deck.On Nov 8, she was disembarked in St Thomas (USVI).
  • May 29, 2012, a female passenger fell down the stairs, suffering a broken rib and consciousness loss. She was tendered ashore, then tendered back and continued the voyage.
  • October 7, 2012, an unofficial reports says there was a fire incident in the aft section of the Lido Deck. Two of the crew suffered injuries (smoke inhalation and burns) and had to be medevaced (airlifted).
  • October 9, 2012, the lawsuit against a 46-year-old female passenger who falsely alarmed the ship’s security about a bomb on board ended with a sentence of 12 months in a federal prison. The false threat prompted an extensive shipwide search, during which explosives were not found.
  • September 17, 2016, a 71-year-old female passenger (suffering from severe respiratory arrest) was medevaced by USCG. The ship’s location was near Southwest Pass (Mississippi River, Louisiana), returning to New Orleans from a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary Sept 11-18, roundtrip from NOLA) that visited Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
  • July 1, 2017, a 77-year-old male passenger suffering from abdominal pain was medevaced when the ship was near Southwest Pass, Louisiana. An USCG boat transported the man to USCG Station Venice, from where he was ambulanced to West Jefferson Medical Center (Marrero, Louisiana). The ship was returning from a 7 night Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary June 25 – July 2) roundtrip from New Orleans to Roatan, Belize City and Cozumel.

Carnival Dream current position


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