Update, 6 p.m. EST: Carnival spokesperson Vance Gulliksen responded to our request for comment following multiple reports of a sewage smell on Carnival Dream: "We have been told that initially there were some issues in certain open decks relating to the design of the ventilation systems within those specific areas. The problem was exacerbated under certain heavy wind conditions.
"Working with the Fincantieri shipyard, the ventilation systems in question were reconfigured prior to the ship's arrival in the U.S. in November. Since the problem was identified, the ventilation issues have largely been contained, however, there have been a few isolated incidents over the past few weeks. The ship's technical management team continues to closely monitor the situation to determine whether any further corrective actions may be necessary."
(December 31, 3:33 p.m. EST) -- The first member reviews of the just-launched Carnival Dream, Carnival Cruises Lines' largest and jazziest ship ever, have been published, and a surprising number of writers are making quite a stink ... about the sewage smell onboard.
Of the 85 Carnival Dream member reviews on Cruise Critic so far, more than a dozen have mentioned that parts of the ship smelled like a sewer. The odor has also been a hot topic on the message boards.
As to the location of the sewage smell, there seems to be no single place where it was most prominent. Some Cruise Critic readers mentioned Deck 2 aft, while others said it was noticeable mid-ship, port side. On the other hand, several posters wrote that they hadn't smelled any foul odors at all -- anywhere on the ship.
We reached out to Carnival for an explanation. Spokesperson Vance Gulliksen told us he hadn't heard anything about the issue, but he'd try to contact the ship directly to get some answers.