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2:03 PM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
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St. Maarten -- Carnival Cruise Lines is making arrangements for passengers aboard the stranded ship Dream to fly home.   

The cruise line made the announcement Thursday morning.   

The ship encountered a technical issue with its backup emergency diesel generator during a scheduled port of call Wednesday in St. Maarten. There were brief interruptions to the elevators and toilets Wednesday night.   

The company says engineers are working on the problem, but they are making arrangements to fly passengers home. They did not indicate when the flights would leave St. Maarten. The ship, with a capacity of 3,646 passengers, is docked at Phillipsburg.

In a status update on its Facebook page, Carnival noted there were brief interruptions to elevators and toilets Wednesday night. The ship has full power but engineers are working on a "technical issue."

Multiple passengers aboard the Carnival Dream contacted CNN, telling stories of power outages and overflowing toilets.

"The bathrooms are not working, they're backing up," said Gregg Stark, a passenger on the ship. "The elevators have not been working. They've been turning them on and off. On and off."

WFMY News 2 was originally told by staff at CNN that Stark is from Reidsville, NC, which is not accurate information. There is, however, at least one passenger from Reidsville who was a passenger.

Last month, an engine room fire crippled the Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico with more than 42-hundred people aboard.

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