Carnival cruise ship catches fire in Grand Turk

| 27/05/2022 | 12 Comments
Fire aboard the Carnival Freedom (photo from social media)

(CNS) A smokestack funnel on a Carnival cruise ship was engulfed in flames on Thursday morning after a fire broke out while the vessel was at the dock in Grand Turk. The Carnival Freedom was on the final stop of a five-night cruise with 2,504 guests and 972 crew aboard when the blaze started in the funnel. In a statement, the cruise line’s management said the emergency response team quickly extinguished the fire and no one was hurt.

“All guests and crew are safe, and the ship’s guests were cleared by local authorities to go ashore. We continue to assess the situation, the cruise company said. “While the majority of Carnival Freedom’s guests went ashore in Grand Turk today, Carnival’s technical team completed an initial assessment of the funnel and related features, and the shoreside team completed a plan to get our guests back to Port Canaveral.”

Carnival said it would be sending its sister ship, Carnival Conquest, from Miami to the island, which is expected to arrive on Saturday to pick up the passengers and take them back to Florida. After that, the damaged vessel will be taken to Grand Bahama to be repaired

Although the Freedom has called on Grand Cayman in the past, neither that vessel nor the Conquest was scheduled to call in Cayman over the next month. According to the Port Authority schedule,, Cayman is expecting 29 ships to call in June, including five Carnival vessels that will be calling on several occasions.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    if this were to happen here i doubt we have anything that could assist in helping a situation like this

  2. Anonymous says:

    Looks like company for the Cayman Dump when it’s belching smoke.

  3. Anonymous says:

    All of the cruise ships launched pre-pandemic that weren’t sold for scrap, have been loitering with skeleton crews for last two years, and there were many routine maintenance, inspection, and upkeep tasks that quickly fell by the wayside to keep monthly burn rate to a minimum. Caveat emptor.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wonder if our hotel and other logistics could accommodate a situation like exactly like that in the present tourist season? Needless to say “no” in the previous pre-pandemic season. Twenty-five hundred “unexpected” guests for a few days?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Not content to pollute the oceans they are headed for the skies as well. The cesspits of doom need to be banned forever – at least from our shores. But sadly our government is littered with beneficiaries whoring themselves out at the expense of our childrens’ future. Sellouts are killing our country and our future. I hope history records their shameful acts. We die with our reputation, not our bank account.

  6. Anonymous says:

    “In 2015, we announced our 2020 sustainability goals focused on reducing our environmental impacts while enhancing the health, safety and security of our guests and crewmembers and ensuring sustainable business practices across our brands and business partners.”

  7. Anonymous says:

    Couldn’t pay for a chimney sweep?

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’d heard Grand Turk was a hot place but this is ridiculous!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Disaster waiting to happen.


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