By MarEx 2015-09-08 16:54:35
More than 3,300 passengers aboard the CarnivalLiberty are stranded in St. Thomas after an engine fire on Monday. No injuries were reported, and the U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the cause.
The blaze was contained in the engine room and extinguished by the ship’s automated fire suppression system. The Liberty set sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sunday, September 6 with nearly 4,500 passengers and crew on board.
The ship’s passengers have been transferred to local hotels and were offered $150 credit. The fire occurred on the second day of a week-long Caribbean cruise. It is still unknown if the passengers will be allowed to return to the vessel and when they will resume their scheduled seven-day trip.
This is the second cruise ship fire in the Caribbean in three months. On July 22, a fire injured a crewmember on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas as it sailed to Jamaica.