This is the peak season for cruising with students on spring break and chilly weather across most of the United States and Canada.
Carnival insists that potential vacation goers should still choose the company, saying, "We provide enjoyable vacations to 4.5 million people each year. It is important to remember that in neither instance was guest and crew safety compromised."
As a consolation of sorts, Carnival flew Grammy-winning singer Jon Secada onto the Dream Thursday to perform for stranded passengers.
"Thank God that I was not too far away to be here tonight for everybody on board," Secada said.
Passengers on the Dream voyage will receive a refund equivalent to three days of the voyage and 50 percent off a future cruise.
The Carnival Dream was on a seven-day cruise and is based in Port Canaveral, Fla. The ship was scheduled to call on Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and Phillipsburg, St. Maarten before returning to Port Canaveral.
The 130,000-ton Carnival Dream, launched in 2009, is among the largest ships in the Carnival fleet, and can accommodate 3,652 passengers and 1,369 crew.
Guests on the Legend will receive also $100 per person credit and a full refund on pre-purchased shore excursions for Grand Cayman. In addition, guests will receive 50 percent off a future Carnival cruise, according to the release.