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Second Cruise Ship in a Month Reports Problems

A month after a Carnival Cruise Lines' ship left thousands of passengers stranded for days in the Gulf of Mexico, another one of its cruise ships is having problems - this time in the Caribbean.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the captain of the Carnival Dream reported trouble with the ship's propulsion system. The cruise ship remains docked at a port in St. Maarten, and Carnival is offering to fly passengers back to the United States.

The Reuters news agency reports Carnival also says it is giving the passengers a refund.

Last month an engine room fire knocked out the primary power source of the Carnival Triumph, which was carrying 4,200 people. The problem left the ship adrift 240 kilometers off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, with malfunctioning toilets and no air conditioning.

The U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire in the engine room. The NTSB says because the vessel is Bahamian-flagged, the Bahamas Maritime Authority is the primary investigating agency.

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