glomarrone
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Fire on a Carnival Ship?

Just heard on the news that a Carnival ship had a fire on board in St. Thomas.  I did hear that they had to evacuate the ship. I understand that the ship continued on with the cruise.  Does anyone have more information?

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SimonCommunity
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The fire was in the engine room and was fully extinguished. A lounge was set-up in the ballroom at a hotel in St. Thomas for passengers to wait after evacuating the ship.

Passengers were let back onboard in time for dinner, and as of 8 am ET today (9/8), the ship is still in St. Thomas being evaluated.

The ship has power and all hotel services are functional.

Cruise Fever is keeping the story updated (http://cruisefever.net/0907-carnival-cruise-ship-fire-st-thomas/ and we'll do our best to update this forum post with any major developments.

 

SimonCommunity
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Contributor Level: Captain

Here's the 9:45 am update from Carnival:

"While docked in St. Thomas yesterday Carnival Liberty experienced an engine fire that was extinguished by the ship’s automated suppression system. There were no injuries to guests or crew. Guests re-boarded the ship yesterday evening. All hotel services including air conditioning, elevators, toilets, galleys, etc. are fully functional and the ship's normal array of activities, entertainment, dining options and programming are being offered.

A team of experts has been conducting a deeper technical assessment of the affected engine area and working with various authorities including U.S. Coast Guard and the vessel’s flag state. While this process is ongoing, the ship remains alongside in St. Thomas. Guests are able to spend the day ashore if they wish and the company is providing complimentary shuttle service to popular areas on the island along with a $150 per person shipboard credit.

We apologize to our guests for the inconvenience and appreciate their patience.

Carnival Liberty departed San Juan for a seven-day Caribbean cruise with 3,346 guests and 1,150 crew on board."

SimonCommunity
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Contributor Level: Captain

Here's the 5 pm update from Carnival:

"The Carnival Liberty continues to remain in St. Thomas following an engine fire that occurred yesterday while the ship was docked there during a scheduled port of call visit. The ship’s command is presently awaiting permission from authorities to sail.

Once the vessel departs, it is scheduled to return to its homeport of San Juan. Guests will have the option of remaining on board through the rest of the week and exploring San Juan or disembarking and traveling home. If clearance to depart St. Thomas is not received by later this evening, the company will move forward with arrangements to fly all guests home from St. Thomas.

All guests are being provided with a full refund of their cruise as well as a 50 percent discount on a future cruise. This is in addition to a $150 per person credit that has already been applied to guests’ shipboard accounts.

There were no injuries to guests or crew as a result of the fire which was extinguished by the ship’s automated suppression system. All hotel services including air conditioning, elevators, toilets, galleys, etc. are fully functional and the ship's normal array of activities, entertainment, dining options and programming are being offered.

We apologize to our guests for this unexpected disruption to their vacation and the inconvenience they are experiencing.

Carnival Liberty departed San Juan on Sunday for a seven-day Caribbean cruise with 3,346 guests and 1,150 crew on board."

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Thanks for the update, Simon.  I was curious to know which ship it was.  I have sailed on the Carnival Liberty.  Gloria

 

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Sounds like it was handled well by Carnival. Hopefully passengers are still able to enjoy the trip and get home safely.

SimonCommunity
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Last night's update from Carnival. Passengers will be flown home from St. Thomas primarily on Charter flights.
 

"CARNIVAL LIBERTY STATEMENT
September 8, 2015 – 11.30 PM EDT

The Carnival Liberty continues to remain in St. Thomas following an engine fire that occurred on Monday, Sept. 7, while the ship was docked there during a scheduled port of call visit. All guests will now be flown home from St. Thomas. Given the limited availability of commercial flights, guests will primarily be transported via chartered aircraft.

All guests are being provided with a full refund of their cruise as well as a 50 percent discount on a future cruise. This is in addition to a $150 per person credit that has already been applied to guests’ shipboard accounts.

There were no injuries to guests or crew as a result of the fire which was extinguished by the ship’s automated suppression system. All hotel services including air conditioning, elevators, toilets, galleys, etc. are fully functional and the ship's normal array of activities, entertainment, dining options and programming are being offered.

The ship is expected to return to its homeport of San Juan later this week.

We apologize to our guests for this unexpected disruption to their vacation and the inconvenience they are experiencing.

Carnival Liberty departed San Juan on Sunday for a seven-day Caribbean cruise with 3,346 guests and 1,150 crew on board."

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

 

Carnival is handling this unfortunate event in a very generous way.  

 

 

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

This is likely the result of recently experienced lessons learned in how not to handle problems on board. 

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Sounds like Carnival has learned how to handle issues and is now doing so first rate.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Thanks for the info Simon.

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