A fire in the engine room of Carnival Cruise Lines' ship Carnival Liberty, while docked yesterday (September 7) at Saint Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), caused the evacuation of all crew and passengers.
Carnival guests were evacuated at 11:45 a.m., local time, and directed to Marriott Fishermans Reef, in one of the ballrooms to have a rest while the fire was contained.
In a statement, Carnival said that all guests were safely ashore in Saint Thomas where they received assistance from line's personnel. The fire had been extinguished by the automated suppression system of the vessel and crew had confirmed the fire was out.
No injuries have been reported. The ship was expected to depart yesterday night, resuming its Caribbean voyage.
However, an updated statement from the line concerning the fire, today (September 8) said that passengers and crew were allowed back on board the cruise ship (crew - yesterday evening, at 5:30 p.m., local time; passengers - at 8 p.m.), but it was not yet clear when Carnival Liberty would depart from Saint Thomas.
The statement also said that ships' engine room and technical systems were currently under inspection by a "team of experts". All hotel services, including elevators, toilets, galleys and air conditioning, were fully functional.
The cause of the accident has yet to be determined.
Carnival Liberty was on the 2nd day of a 7-day Caribbean cruise from San Juan.