Scary Video of Fire Aboard Carnival Freedom For the 2nd Time

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Close up photo of the funnel on Carnival Freedom While on Fire for the second time in March 2024
  • A fire broke out on the Carnival Freedom cruise ship's port-side exhaust funnel on March 23, 2024.
  • There were no injuries and the ship returned safely to Port Canaveral.
  • This is the second fire incident on the Carnival Freedom in less than two years.

Carnival Freedom experienced a significant fire in its port-side exhaust funnel on March 23, 2024. When the funnel caught fire, the cruise ship was sailing approximately 20 miles off the coast of Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported from the incident, and the cruise ship could return to Port Canaveral safely.

However, the incident has raised eyebrows as it’s the second fire aboard Carnival Freedom in nearly two years.

Fire Aboard Carnival Freedom

The fire began around 3:15 p.m. and was visible to passengers and crew members as thick black smoke billowed from the funnel. Crew members quickly mobilized, and the ship’s firefighting team worked diligently to contain and extinguish the blaze.

Despite the alarming appearance of the fire, Carnival Cruise Line assured passengers that the ship’s safety systems functioned properly. The cruise line assured passengers and media that the vessel maintained full power and navigational control throughout the incident.

The U.S. Coast Guard was notified and remained on standby, ready to assist.

After approximately two hours, crew members extinguished the blaze, allowing Carnival Freedom to continue its journey back to Port Canaveral, Florida. Passengers disembarked safely and were provided support and accommodations.

The fire and the need for extensive repairs resulted in extensive damage. Photos of the funnel showed extensive damage resulting from the flames.

Carnival Cruise Line has canceled Carnival Freedom’s following two scheduled voyages to repair the ship’s signature whale tale funnel. The company is working closely with passengers affected by the cancellation to provide refunds, future cruise credits, and assistance with travel arrangements.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and Carnival Cruise Line has pledged to cooperate fully with authorities to determine the underlying factors that led to the incident. Carnival is conducting a thorough review of its safety protocols and maintenance procedures to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

The incident occurred during the busy spring break cruise season. While the cancellations are a disappointment, we must highlight the excellent work the ship’s crew did to extinguish the fire and prevent injuries.

It’s Not The First

The recent fire aboard the Carnival Freedom has raised eyebrows within the cruise industry and among travelers. This is the second fire aboard Carnival Freedom in less than two years.

A fire broke out in the funnel in May 2022 while the ship was docked in Grand Turk. The first fire led to the cancellation of three cruises while the vessel underwent repairs.

The recurring nature of these incidents raises concerns about Carnival Freedom’s maintenance practices and the potential for underlying issues that may be contributing to the fires. While Carnival Cruise Line has stated its commitment to investigating the causes and implementing appropriate safety measures, the back-to-back occurrences have undoubtedly raised questions about the ship’s reliability and the company’s ability to prevent future incidents of this nature.

Cruise industry experts and watchdog groups have called for a thorough examination of Carnival Freedom’s safety protocols and maintenance record. The incident has also reignited discussions around the need for increased transparency and accountability within the cruise industry regarding safety standards and incident reporting.

Marcello De Lio
Marcello De Lio

Marcello's been cruising since he was 12 years old. He loves the freedom that cruising provides, meeting new people, and exploring amazing new ships. Marcello created High Seas Cruising to share his passion for cruising and travel with readers and grow a community of passionate voyagers.

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