Another update on the Dream, I have bolded an item of interest which suggests overall passengers are taking this in stride for sure...
STATEMENT REGARDING CARNIVAL DREAM -¬ March 15, 2013 ‚€“ 12:30 p.m. EDT
The following provides an update on the Carnival Dream in St. Maarten.
We have arranged for a combination of approximately 50 commercial and private chartered flights departing St. Maarten for the 4,363 guests onboard Carnival Dream. Guests have the option to return to Orlando — the closest air gateway to Port Canaveral, where the voyage began — or their originating city. Guests began disembarking the ship this morning to board flights scheduled for today, and will continue to do so throughout the weekend. ¬ We are working to try to accommodate special requests from guests, including those who asked to remain on board longer.
We have arranged for motor coach transfers from the ship in St. Maarten to the local airport, as well as in Orlando to the port or hotels that have been arranged for those guests who are staying overnight.
Onboard Activities & St. Maarten
All guests are safe and comfortable. Activities have continued aboard the ship similar to our regular, full ‚€œSea Day‚€Ě itineraries including children‚€™s programs and full dining options. Entertainment includes live music on deck, as well as a variety of bars and lounges. ¬ Last night, we arranged for three-time Grammy winner Jon Secada to perform two shows in the ship‚€™s main lounge.
Wednesday was a scheduled port of call visit to St. Maarten. ¬ Guests were able to spend the full day in port and have the option of continuing to do so until their scheduled return home. ¬ We have arranged complimentary water taxi service for guests who wish to explore other areas of the island.
Our Commitment to Safety and Security
We would like to sincerely apologize to our guests for the disruption to their vacation plans as a result of these occurrences. ¬ The cause of each one is unrelated although we take each of them very seriously. As always, the safety of our guests and crew is our foremost priority. Carnival Cruise Lines carries some 4.5 million passengers a year and operates thousands of cruises without incident. ¬ Our historical safety record is outstanding. ¬ We have comprehensive maintenance programs in place that meet or exceed all regulatory standards and requirements.
We are committed to learning from any incident that may occur on one of our vessels to apply lessons learned and prevent future occurrences. We are presently conducting a comprehensive fleet-wide review that encompasses multiple operational areas, systems and training. ¬ We have assembled an expert team from across the company, as well as a variety of outside experts to complete the assessment. We expect to make an announcement early next week on the initial steps of our implementation program based on the results of our review. In the meantime, we are confident that we will continue to provide our guests with a safe, fun and memorable vacation experience and look forward to welcoming them on board.