Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A. Image: thedenverchannel.com A malfunction rendering the emergency generator inoperable yesterday has caused Carnival Dream to be detained in her scheduled port of call, St. Maarten, with 4,363 passengers and 1,370 crew onboard.At no time did the ship lose power and the ship’s propulsion systems and primary power sources were not impacted, however, the line deemed it unsafe to sail back to Carnival Dream’s homeport of Port Canaveral without an emergency back up generator.Contrary to reports via social media, Carnival has confirmed that, apart from a short period of time last night, there were no interruptions to the restroom and elevator service with only one public restroom taken offline due to toilet overflow and one request for cleaning of a guest cabin bathroom.All restrooms and elevators were operational again as of 12:30am last night local time.Passengers have been given the option to disembark the ship to visit St. Maarten until their scheduled return home, with Carnival providing a complimentary water taxi service for passengers wishing to explore other areas of the island.All passengers will be flown via a combination of private charter and commercial flights to either Orlando for the quickest access back to Port Canaveral, or their final destination and will be given a refund equivalent to the three days left of the voyage and a 50 percent discount off a future cruise.Carnival Dream’s 16 March voyage has been cancelled with passengers booked receiving a full refund and 25 percent discount off a future seven-day cruise. Those who select to rebook will have their rate protected on the future sailing.Any passengers not sailing with a passport have been cleared by the local authorities to travel.Carnival has arranged two special performances by Grammy Award winning Jon Secada onboard tonight as a way of thanking their passengers for their patience.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas announces new 2008 packages for spring and summer, and there’s something for everyone. From an opulent suite-oriented stay to an all-new family bed-and-breakfast experience, these packages may be booked at ritzcarlton.com, by telephone at (800) 241-3333, or through a travel professional.In addition to the following overnight packages, the resort will launch its Nights Without Neon offering summer evening activities for guests of all ages beginning May 1, 2008.Spring/Summer Packages at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las VegasFamily B&BThe resort’s best-selling bed-and-breakfast package for two has been expanded to serve families.Rate: From $249 per room per nightPackage includes: Resort-view room American breakfast for two adults American breakfast for two children (age 11 and under) Breakfast gratuity Overnight valet parking Resort feeSuite Things Come in ThreesEnjoy two nights of opulence in an executive suite and receive a complimentary third night.Rate: From $279.00 per room per nightPackage includes: Complimentary third night in a suite following two consecutive paid nights Resort feeDinner in MediciEnhance a luxurious stay with a three-course dinner for two in the resort’s award-winning Medici Café & Terrace.Rate: From $329 per room per nightPackage includes: Resort-view accommodations Dinner for two in Medici Café & Terrace (excludes alcoholic beverages) Dining gratuity Overnight valet parking Resort feeVegas Family VacationThe resort’s overwhelmingly popular family package is back, just in time for summer travel. Rate: From $199 per room per nightPackage includes: Resort-view accommodations Breakfast and lunch for children under the age of 12 in either Medici Cafe and Terrace or the Poolside Grill (maximum of two children per package) 25% off first two spa treatmentsFourth night complimentary on a purchased stay of three nights Resort feeReconnectCocoon in beautiful accommodations and enjoy an in-room movie, resort spending credit and breakfast for twoRate: From $239 per room per nightPackage includes: Resort-view room One in-room movie selection $25 resort spending credit Breakfast for two in Medici Café & Terrace Valet parking Resort feeABOUT THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAKE LAS VEGAS The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas golf and spa resort is nestled on the shores of the largest privately-owned man-made lake in the United States, 17 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip.The Mobil Four-Star resort consistently receives extraordinary rankings and accolades for its service, dining, spa and accommodations.Recent awards include Travel + Leisure magazine naming the property one of best hotels in the world; Condé Nast Traveler ranking The Ritz-Carlton Spa #7 amongst the best U.S. spas; and the 2007 Zagat Survey bestowing high ratings to Medici Café and Terrace for cuisine and décor, as well as ranking the restaurant #2 for “Best American Cuisine” in Southern Nevada.For more information, go tohttp://www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/lake_las_vegas/ .