TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Photos shared to social media Thursday show smoke and flame billowing from a Carnival cruise ship docked in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Passengers told Nexstar’s WFLA that Carnival Freedom left Port Canaveral, Fla., on Monday and was docked in Grand Turk when the fire broke out inside the ship’s funnel on Thursday.
“Carnival Freedom’s funnel/exhaust system is currently on fire in the Port of Grand Turk,” said Blake, a Carnival Mardis Gras passenger, who was moored next to the Freedom when the fire broke out. declared.
Passengers on the ship said they should muster at the muster station and put on life jackets. No evacuation was ordered.
The Carnival Corporation said the flames were “quickly” extinguished but did not specify the cause of the fire.
“The Carnival Freedom Emergency Response Team quickly activated and extinguished a fire inside the ship’s chimney while the ship was in Grand Turk,” the cruise line wrote in a statement shared with Nextstar.
Carnival added that all guests and crew were safe and had been cleared ashore by local authorities.
“We are all safe and were able to disembark as planned,” said a passenger. “As for what will happen next, we have no idea.”
Another passenger was told the ship – which was in the middle of a five-day cruise – would set sail for Miami later today.
Carnival said it would continue to assess the situation.
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