Published On: Sun, Jul 31st, 2022

Carnival cruise ship catches fire in Grand Turk


A Carnival cruise ship caught fire as it was docked in Grand Turk on Thursday morning, officials said. 

The fire, which broke out in the Carnival Freedom ship’s funnel, was quickly extinguished as the ship was in Grand Turk, the capital island of the Turks and Caicos archipelago southeast of the Bahamas, a Carnival spokesperson said Thursday morning.

Image:  Carnival Freedom fire
Part of the funnel on the Carnival Freedom was visibly charred and damaged after the fire Thursday morning.Oma5Bonnie via Twitter

“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,” a spokesperson said in a statement about the fire at around 8:45 a.m. ET.

Just before 11 a.m., passengers were still on shore at Grand Turk.

The ship had left Port Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida, on Monday for a five-day cruise, officials said.

It’s not yet clear what caused the fire.

According to the marine tracking site CruiseMapper, the ship, which was built in 2007, is 948 feet long and can accommodate over 3,500 passengers.