Former Bulldog football player among people stranded on Carnival cruise shipA former University of Minnesota Duluth football star was among the 3,600 passengers aboard a Carnival cruise ship with technical issues Thursday docked in the Caribbean, according to his Twitter account.
By: News Tribune staff and Associated Press, Duluth News Tribune
A former University of Minnesota Duluth football star was among the 3,600 passengers aboard a Carnival cruise ship with technical issues Thursday docked in the Caribbean, according to his Twitter account.
Tweets from Isaac Odim’s account were posted late Thursday morning reporting that he was stranded on the Carnival Dream. The ship was in St. Maarten on the final stop of a Caribbean cruise when the crew announced it would not be sailing home to Port Canaveral, Fla., because of a mechanical issue with a diesel generator.
“Stranded on a #Carnival cruise. Seriously? And I’m pretty sure they shut down the wifi to keep people quiet!” Odim tweeted.
Then later: “They offered 50% off my next #Carnival cruise. Is that supposed to be a joke?”
Carnival Cruise Lines said the Dream had a “technical issue” with its backup emergency diesel generator that was discovered during a test Wednesday. Carnival said all systems were functioning normally Thursday but the company decided to get the passengers home by air.
An engine fire last month crippled another Carnival ship, the Carnival Triumph, leaving 4,200 people stranded for five days without working toilets or power.
Odim played for UMD from 2008-10, helping UMD to win two NCAA Division II titles, and graduated as the Bulldogs’ all-time leading running back.