Fire Aboard Freedom of the Seas July 22, 2015

Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas experienced a fire in a mechanical space this morning, according to an official statement from Royal Caribbean Corp. on Twitter. The line says that the fire was contained and extinguished and all shipboard systems are functioning.

Photos of smoke rising from the ship parked in Falmouth, Jamaica are circulating on social media.

(photo: Jamaica Gleaner)

No other information is currently available. We'll update this post as details emerge, including any impacts to the current or future cruises.

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4 Answers

UPDATE 11:30 AM ET - Royal Caribbean issued a full statement:

On July 22, 2015, Freedom of the Seas experience a fire in a mechanical space as the ship was pulling into Falmouth, Jamaica. The ship's fire suppression system was immediately activated, which contained and extinguished the fire. In an abundance of caution, the Captain mustered all guests at their assembly stations. The ship is currently alongside in Falmouth and all systems are functioning.

Freedom of the Seas is currently on a seven-night sailing that departed Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday, July 19, and includes port calls to Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Mexico.

Looking at a few other stories, there were no injuries reported. It appears as if a well-trained crew were able to address the emergency in an outstanding manner.

12:10 PM UPDATE - USA Today's Cruise Log is reporting that no passengers were injured but one crew member was treated for first degree burns.

Update 3 pm from Royal Caribbean: Freedom of the Seas current cruise will continue with its regular scheduled itinerary. Next stop is George Town, Grand Cayman, tomorrow.


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