On the evening on September 10, 2015, Carnival announced the Liberty would be departing St. Thomas for San Juan. This ship was scheduled to arrive this morning (9/11/2015) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. About 1,500 guests remained onboard and will disembark in San Juan. Carnival reported the Carnival Liberty has recieved all proper clearance to sail and the ship will begin its next voyage on September 13 as previously scheduled.
RyG's Cruise Guide is thankful this problem did not occur while the ship was at sea. We are also thankful no guests or crew were injured or killed as a result of the fire. For our previous updates on this developing story, please continue reading below.
Carnival has announced all guests will be flown home via aircraft from St. Thomas. This was announced in a press release as well as Carnival's Facebook page. There are no other updates to announce at this time.
Original Article Post From 9/8/2015:
Yesterday morning, September 7, 2015, the Carnival Liberty experienced an onboard fire while docked in St. Thomas. The ship was on the second day of its voyage after departing San Juan, Puerto Rico. Thankfully, no injuries to the guests or crew members were reported. Carnival stated the fire occurred in the ship's engine room and was extinguished by the automatic fire suppression system. The guests onboard were sent ashore until after the fire was extinguished and the ship's systems were checked by crew. Carnival was pleased to report all onboard systems (including air-conditioning, elevators, & toilets) have remained functioning and normal programs are able to be offered onboard the ship.
In Carnival's public relations statement from September 7, 2015 at 9pm EST crew members reboarded the ship at 5:30pm EST. The United States Coast Guard gave guests clearance to reboard around 8:00PM EST. Carnival hoped the ship would be able to sail by Monday evening after 8PM, but new press releases from today (September 8) indicate the ship remained in St. Thomas overnight.
Carnival's September 8, 2015, public relations statement from 5:00PM EST shared more details about Carnival's future plan of action and compensation for these affected guests. As of this 5:00PM EST, Carnival is waiting on permission from authorities to sail. The ship will leave St. Thomas and return to Puerto Rico. Carnival is allowing the guests to stay onboard for the remainder of the cruise or fly home early. However, all guests are receiving a full refund, 50% off their next Carnival Cruise, and a $175.00 onboard credit. Sounds like a fun cruise!
All press releases issued by Carnival that were used in this brief news article were found on Carnival's Facebook page. Carnival's News website only displays the most recent statement, but on Facebook all releases can be found.