A MAJOR cruise ship has erupted into flames, leaving passengers terrified as plumes of black smoke billowed from the vessel’s smokestack fin.
The Carnival Cruise ship departed Port Canaveral, Florida, earlier this week and went up in flames while it was docked at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands on Thursday.
Passengers onboard the vessel told WFLA they had to assemble at the muster station and put on life jackets.
Despite the grim incident, no evacuation was ordered.
“We are all safe and were able to disembark as planned. As to what happens next, we have no clue,” one passenger told the outlet.
Photos from the scene showed smoke and flames coming from the right fin of the ship’s smokestack.
In one photo from the incident in the Caribbean, the ship was identified as the Carnival Freedom.
Records show that the ship departed from Port Canaveral on May 23 for a five-day sail and is expected to return to the port on Saturday.
It’s unclear what sparked the blaze, but a spokesperson of the cruise line said emergency teams quickly extinguished the fire.
The spokesperson said all guests and crew were safe.
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The 948-foot vessel was built in 2007 and can carry up to 3,581 passengers, according to CruiseMapper.
The average stay for a four-day sail onboard the Carnival Freedom starts at $424 per person, per the company’s website.
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