Carnival Cruise Ship Stalls

Hasn't been the best year for the cruise line so far


HOUSTON — Carnival Cruises has another stalled ship, this one beset with an emergency power malfunction, and is preparing to fly passengers home from the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.

A passenger on the Carnival Dream, based in Port Canaveral, Fla., notified the Coast Guard in Miami on Thursday morning that the ship was having problems. After the Coast Guard began investigating, ship officials notified them that the trouble was their emergency diesel generator, which powers the ship's propulsion system, according a Coast Guard spokeswoman, Petty Officer 3rd Class Sabrina Laberdesque. The ship had stalled during a seven-day cruise before docking at St. Maarten, she said.