Update: Carnival Dream Returning to Florida for Repairs

March 18, 2013

(12:23 p.m. ET) -- With only crew onboard, Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Dream departed St. Maarten on Sunday, four days after its latest sailing was canceled due to the failure of its emergency diesel generator. The line expects the ship to dock in Port Canaveral sometime late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

Once the ship has docked, repairs, including the replacement of the backup generator, will be completed, Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen told Cruise Critic. No further delays are anticipated, and the March 23 voyage is scheduled to operate as normal.

Carnival Dream departed around noon Sunday after the last of the ship's 4,363 passengers were transferred to a combination of charter and commercial flights. In addition to the 21 charter flights and "multiple" commercial flights, Carnival also reserved some 600 hotel rooms in Orlando for passengers.

-by Dori Saltzman, News Editor