Passengers board Carnival cruises despite troubles with 'Dream' ship in Caribbean

Carnival Victory leaves PortMiami packed Thursday

MIAMI, Fla. - Despite problems aboard the Carnival Dream, Carnival Victory is setting sale from Miami Thursday. The ship left PortMiami as scheduled around 5 p.m. with thousands on board.

"We joked about it over breakfast this morning, so we're ok, we're good," says Debra Hunt.

Passengers who drove from as far away as Sarasota say they'll take their chances with the cruise line.

"We've heard a lot of problems with Carnival, but the ships are different. It doesn't mean anything will happen on this ship," says Shanna Spiridis.

"We're still going to go have a good time. That this ship has a problem, the chances are very slim," says Beverly Hill.

The Dream is one of the newest ships in Carnival's fleet, and already it's proving to be a headache. A malfunctioning generator prompted the company to keep the ship at St. Maarten island and fly the 4200 passengers aboard home.

Cruise expert Steward Chiron says that choice is proactive.

"They don't want to risk that this was the start of something else. We don't need another Triumph again. They made the right decision to end the cruise," says Chiron.

This is the second disaster at sea for Carnival, but Chiron says people are still sailing.

"We're not seeing panic pricing," says Chiron.

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