Tampa, Florida -- Suitcases in tow, passengers on Thursday are eager to board the Carnival Paradise in Tampa and get their vacations underway.

"I am totally excited," says Judi Whaley of St. Petersburg.

Still, some travelers had heard about the Carnival Dream, the ship stuck in St. Maarten, and they're shaking their heads.

"Actually, I'm very surprised," says Ron Allison, of Venice, of the ship's problems. "You'd think they'd learn."

Carnival says the Dream has a "technical issue" with the ships backup emergency diesel generator. And while the ship did not lose power, for a few hours on Wednesday night elevators and restrooms did not work -- bringing back the phrase "poop deck".

"The toilets were overflowing down in the common areas on the main floors," passenger Gregg Stark told CNN.

The Dream's nightmare comes on the heels of the Triumph's defeat. Just last month an engine fire crippled that Carnival ship leaving it dead in the water. Thousands of passengers suffered through miserable conditions for four days at the Triumph was towed in.

The Dream's problems are not so severe; still the editor of the Cruise Critic website says consumers will no doubt consider Carnival's recent record.

"It has to play in your mind-what is Carnival doing to solve whatever this problem is," Carolyn Spencer Brown told 10 News.

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Carnival is now making arrangements for Dream passengers to be flown home.

As for cruisers leaving from Tampa, they're hoping they truly do have a ticket to Paradise.

Debbie Allison from Venice explains, "This is our 40th wedding anniversary this weekend, so we're doing something special, staying positive and nothing's going to happen to this ship."

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