Carnival Dream accidents and incidents

Carnival Dream cruise ship


Length (LOA)
305 m / 1001 ft

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CruiseMapper's Carnival Dream cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 4533-passenger vessel owned by Carnival Cruise Line. Our Carnival Dream accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • 2012 – rescue boat with 4 crew fell from 8 m
  • propulsion/power loss – 2011, 2013 (backup generator malfunction in St Maarten / passenger evacuation), 2017
  • deaths – 2010, 2011 (newborn baby)
  • injuries/crimes – 2010 (infirmary robbery), 2011, 2012 (crew), 2012 (bomb threat)
  • structural damages - 2018 (flooding; unspecified)
  • medevacs – 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017
  • Cuban refugees boat rescue (2014)
  30 September 2018Structural and Technical Issues

On September 30, 2018, passenger embarkation and ship's homeport departure were delayed by ~3 hours to allow finishing an unspecified work onboard. No further details were officially released. The incident occurred in the beginning of 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary Sept 30 - Oct 7) roundtrip from New Orleans to jamaica (Montego Bay, Grand Cayman Island and Mexico (Cozumel).

  03 May 2018Structural and Technical Issues

On May 3, 2018, at ~6 pm, while on 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary April 29 - May 6), the ship experienced major cabin flooding. The accident was caused by a broken water pipe (from the fire suppression system on deck 9) and resulted in 52 flooded passenger cabins. The water was cascading down the stairs, pouring from walls and ceilings and flooding a walkway lined with staterooms.

As compensation, all affected passengers received full refund, plus 50% future Carnival cruise booking discount and optional early disembarkation (on May 4) with complimentary home flight. The 7-day New Orleans roundtrip cruise visited the ports Costa Maya, Roatan, Belize City and Cozumel.

A major cabin flooding (417 damaged staterooms) was reported on Serenade Of The Seas in January 2015. Royal Caribbean refused to refund the affected passengers.

  16 December 2017Coast Guard Medevacs

On December 16, 2017, a 17-year-old male passenger (suffering a seizure) was medevaced by an USCG Dolphin helicopter team dispatched from New Orleans. The ship was approx 170 ml (270 km) southeast of Louisiana’s coast (Southwest Pass), and en-route from Roatan Island (Honduras) back to homeport NOLA.

To assist the USCG helicopter, Air Station Mobile Alabama launched an HC-144 aircraft. At ~12:30 pm, the young man was airlifted (together with his mother and a crew nurse) and flown to New Orleans. The incident occurred during 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary Dec 10-17) also visiting Cozumel and Belize City.

  11 August 2017Propulsion / Power Loss

On August 11, 2017, technical issue (power or propulsion problems) resulted in reduced 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 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 voyage 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.

  01 July 2017Coast Guard Medevacs

On 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 7-night Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary June 25 – July 2) from New Orleans to Roatan, Belize City and Cozumel Mexico.

  17 September 2016Coast Guard Medevacs

On September 17, 2016, a 71-year-old female passenger (suffering from severe respiratory arrest) was medevaced by USCG. The ship was near Southwest Pass (Mississippi River, Louisiana), returning to homeport NOLA New Orleans from 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary Sept 11-18) to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel Mexico.

  07 May 2014Boat Rescue

(Cuban refugees boat)  On May 7, 2014, the ship was on 7-day Mexico cruise from homeport NOLA New Orleans (departure May 4). The vessel 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.

  13 March 2013Structural and Technical Issues

On 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.

  04 March 2013Structural and Technical Issues

On March 4, 2013, while docked in Great Bay (call port Philipsburg, 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 propulsion and primary power systems were not impacted, 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 Princess Juliana International Airport (St Maarten).

As compensation, all passengers received cruise refund equal to 3-day cost of the canceled voyage, plus 50% future Carnival cruise booking discount. The next itinerary (March 16) was also cancelled. All booked customers received full refund, 25% future 7-day Carnival cruise booking discount, plus reimbursement of any non-refundable transportation expenses.

  09 October 2012Crew / Passenger Crimes

(law news) 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 with 12 months federal prison sentence. The false threat prompted an extensive shipwide search, during which explosives were not found.

  07 October 2012Fire Accident

On October 7, 2012, unofficially was reported a fire incident in Lido Deck's aft section. Two crew suffered injuries (smoke inhalation and burns) and had to be medevaced / airlifted by USCG.

  30 May 2012Structural and Technical Issues

On May 30, 2012, while the ship was docked in Coxen Hole (Roatan, Honduras), the wire rope of one of its 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.

  15 October 2011Crew / Passenger Deaths

On October 15, 2011, FBI investigated a case of dead newborn baby found on the ship. The body was found by a crew in a passenger stateroom when the ship 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.

  15 October 2011Coast Guard Medevacs

On October 15, 2011, a male passenger (diagnosed with pre-existing Pneumonia) was medevaced by an USCG boat and transferred to Fort Pierce FL (Lawnwood Hospital).

  24 July 2011Coast Guard Medevacs

On July 24, 2011, the ship was near Key West Florida when 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 cruise ship and transferred to Marathon FL (Fishermen's Community Hospital).

  09 July 2011Propulsion / Power Loss

On July 9, 2011, propulsion system problems caused itinerary changes (Western Caribbean changed to Eastern Caribbean). The notification was made only 5 days prior departure. As compensation, all booked customers were offered US$100 in onboard credit.

  29 August 2010Crew / Passenger Deaths

On August 29, 2010, a female passenger died on the ship at sea. The woman was traveling with her family and had a serious medical condition (breast cancer) diagnosed prior to boarding. She was given up to 2 months to live.

  08 March 2010Crew / Passenger Crimes

On March 8, 2010, Carnival filed lawsuit against a 30-year-old male passenger who broke into the ship’s infirmary and stole drugs. The man was charged with burglary involving drugs and with possession of controlled substances. He was arrested onboard and delivered to the FBI after the ship docked in homeport Los Angeles (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.

  02 March 2010Crew / Passenger Deaths

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 incident happened while the ship was docked in call port Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas USVI).

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