Carnival Freedom cruise ship catches fire for second time in less than two years

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The Carnival Freedom cruise ship experienced its second fire in less than two years, and passenger footage captured the flames with smoke billowing from the ship’s exhaust funnel on Saturday afternoon.

“That’s crazy,” X user @breezebreeze_ can be heard showing the fire aboard the ship.

Carnival Cruise Line posted several tweets in response to the incident which they say occurred at 3:15 ET.

“Carnival Freedom reported a fire on the port side of the ship’s exhaust funnel,” one of the posts read. “The ship was 20 miles off Eleuthera Island, Bahamas, heading to Freeport after a canceled stop to Princess Cay due to weather.”

The news prompted passengers on the ship’s upcoming departure from Port Canaveral on Monday to ask the cruise line if their itinerary would go as planned.

“Is the March 25 Carnival Freedom cruise leaving Port Canaveral still planning to continue?” one X user asked Carnival. “We need to know to travel!”

Carnival Freedom reported a fire on the port side of the ship’s exhaust funnel on March 23, 2024. @breezebreeze_ via Storyful

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Carnival Cruise Line posted several tweets in response to the incident which they say occurred at 3:15 ET.
@breezebreeze_ via Storyful

“I can almost guarantee it will be cancelled,” another X user wrote about the ship’s next planned cruise. “This is not the first time this has happened ironically to this ship, and the following voyages when it happened at that time were cancelled, but obviously we did not confirm it.[ed].”

Carnival responded quickly to quell any rumors, saying it does not expect any impact on the upcoming Carnival Freedom voyage.

The Freedom’s exhaust funnel caught fire in May 2022 while the ship was docked on Grand Turk Island in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Video from then also showed the ship’s chimney, which some call a whale tail, consumed by flames and smoke.

Footage shows a Carnival cruise ship on fire in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2022. Daniel Avellaneda / Bon Voyage / TMX
Carnival denied all the rumors and said it does not expect any impact on the upcoming Carnival Freedom voyage. AP

The part of the ship that caught fire is designed to help direct the flow of exhaust gases away from the ship, according to the Crown Cruise Vacations website.

“The ship’s fire response team was quickly activated and the ship’s captain also turned the ship toward heavy rain in the area to maximize efforts to extinguish the flames,” Carnival said of Saturday’s fire. “Eyewitnesses reported the possibility of a lightning strike and that is being investigated.”

Carnival said the captain made “multiple announcements to guests and crew” about the fire. The port side of the funnel fell onto deck 10, Carnival said. No injuries were reported.

The Carnival Freedom was in Freeport as scheduled on Sunday, according to CruiseMapper. Carnival said there are no operational issues with the ship’s systems.






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