Carnival Dream


Year built: 2009

Speed: 23 kn

Passengers: 3,646

Crew: 1,367

130k tons

15 decks


The Carnival Dream currently sails 7 night Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises from New Orleans. On May 13, 2019, Dream will begin sailing 4 to 5 night cruises to the Western Caribbean from Galveston, Texas.


On 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 $100 on board credit was offered to passengers as compensation.

On May 30, 2012, while in Roatan, the wire rope of one of the rescue boats broke during hoisting. The boat fell from 26 ft into the water, with all 4 crew on it.

On March 4, 2013, while docked in St Maarten, 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 a 3 day cost of the canceled voyage, plus 50% future Carnival Cruise booking discount. The next sailing was also cancelled. All passengers received a full refund, and 25% future 7-day Carnival Cruises.

On March 13, 2013, engine problems occurred while the ship was docked in St Maarten. The Captain reported a propulsion system malfunction (the emergency generator failed). However, the ship’s engineering crew managed to fix the problem.

On May 7, 2014, the Carnival Dream was sailing on a 7 day Mexico cruise from New Orleans. The Dream received a distress call and altered it’s itinerary course, stopping between Grand Cayman and Jamaica in order to help a boat with 34 men and 5 women on 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, and given medical assistance, then transported to Jamaica.

On 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.

On 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.

On October 15, 2011, the FBI investigated a case of a dead newborn found on board. The body was found by a crew member in a cruise cabin when the vessel docked in it’s homeport of Port Canaveral, Florida. After Carnival contacted local authorities in St Maarten, they found the 20-year-old mother and detained her. The FBI reported the mother didn’t return to US.

On 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 was arrested on the ship, and delivered to the FBI after it docked in Long Beach California. When searching his cabin sometime after the break-in, the ship’s security uncovered syringes with morphine, Dilaudid and Percocet tablets.

On, July 24, 2011, near Key West Florida, a male crew experienced right-side face paralysis. Also, it was reported that he had slurred speech, vomiting, and disorientation. Via a USCG cutter boat, the man was disembarked from the ship and transferred to Marathon, FL.

On October 15, 2011, a male passenger, diagnosed with Pneumonia, was Medevaced by USCG boat and transferred to Fort Pierce FL.

On November 6, 2011, a female passenger was injured. She slipped and fell, fracturing her left shoulder, while walking on the Lido deck. On Nov 8, she was disembarked in St Thomas.

On May 29, 2012, a female passenger fell down the stairs, suffering a broken rib and loss of consciousness. She was tendered ashore, and then tendered back and continued the voyage.

On 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.

On 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 up with a sentence of 12 months in a federal prison. The false threat prompted an extensive ship wide search, during which explosives were not found.

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