The Dream in late June experienced a thrown rod and piston which sheared the crank in one of its main diesel engines, which is taking forever to repair. Meanwhile the ship is crusing around at 16 knots vs the 21 knots it could normally do.
Slower speeds means it can't reach all the ports in time allocated, therefore it ends up droping some ports.
Well, we were told today the problem is this is the first trip after the ship came down from the Alaska run, and there was bad weather in the panama canal. So they are late and running 8 hours behind schedule. So once we get on the way, they may still reinstate one of the stops since its only 8 hours and the stops were two days – hopefully Roatan, which we were SO looking forward to. Fingers crossed.
I was on the Dream(Nightmare)that arrived 4 hrs late in Houston. We missed one port and late on 2 others during the repositioning trip..LA to Houston. The ship has a terrible engine problem. It causes the ship to be late and has a serious impact on the Air Conditioning systems as well as it's abillity to cool water in the cabins. We were not advised of the problems until two days into the trip. Since we were in the tropics, the lack of A/C was a bummer. Some folks in the inside cabins had a very uncomfortable experience. The Captain said we might as well get use to it, it was better than not making out schedule to Houston. Well we didn't make our schedule arrival either! Many airline connections were missed in the chaos. Food quality dropped dramatically toward the end of the trip. The Captain advised us not to blame him, blame the corporate office in Florida.
The Dream sailed out of Houston on 10/15 with one main engine out of service. This will and has caused the ship to put all available power to the remaing engines which means of course no power to run the A/C units and it also reduces the water plants abillity to cool desalinated water that feed the cabins...!!!
Just got off the ship today. We went to Cozumel(nice)and Progreso (bummer). Had AC problems last day or two, were running at 13.5 knots. Captain said we couldn't make Belize because we couldn't do 20 Knots. Wilma probably made the early NCL decision to cancel Roata, Belize and Cancun less questionable, but these folks are not being truthful with passengers and future passengers.
Did NCL give onboard credit, etc? Did the captain mention when the problem would be fixed by any chance. We are leaving Sat 10/29. I think that it is awful that your itinerary was changed to 2 ports instead of 4. I am sure the same may happen with us.
Pam, please let us know what your experience was. Post a review on CruiseReviews.com and also post a comment here. I am asking because there seems to be some descrepancy betweemn what NCL is saying and what is happening.