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The Carnival Freedom cruise ship suffered its second fire in less than two years, and passenger footage showed flames as smoke billowed 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 tweet responses regarding the incident, which they said occurred at 3:15 PM ET.

“Carnival Freedom reported a fire on the port side of the ship’s exhaust funnel,” one of the messages said. “The ship was 20 miles off Eleuthera Island, Bahamas, en route to Freeport after a canceled call 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 proceed as planned.

“Is the Carnival Freedom cruise on March 25 from Port Canaveral still planning to go ahead?” one X user asked Carnival. “We need to know for travel purposes!”

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

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Carnival Cruise Line posted several tweet responses regarding the incident, which they said occurred at 3:15 PM ET.
@breezebreeze_ via Storyful

“I can almost guarantee it will be canceled,” another X user wrote about the ship’s next scheduled cruise. “This is not the first time this has ironically happened to this ship, and subsequent sailings at that time were canceled but obviously not confirmed.”

Carnival moved quickly to quash any rumors, saying it does not expect any impact on the next Carnival Freedom voyage.

The Freedom’s exhaust funnel caught fire in May 2022 while the ship was docked on Grand Turk Island in Turks and Caicos. Video from the time also showed the ship’s funnel – dubbed the whale’s tail by some – consumed by flames and smoke.

Footage shows a Carnival Cruise ship on fire in Turks and Caicos Islands in 2022. Daniel Avellaneda / Bon Voyaged / TMX
Carnival has dismissed all rumors and says it does not expect any impact on the next Carnival Freedom voyage. AP

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

“The ship’s firefighting team was quickly activated and the ship’s captain also turned the ship towards the 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 have been reported.

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






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