Carnival Cruise Line has canceled two more sailings out of Port Canaveral on the Carnival Freedom because of the need to repair fire damage on the ship that occurred Thursday in Grand Turk.
Carnival President Christine Duffy said in an email to passengers on Friday that the four-night sailing scheduled to leave Port Canaveral on June 2 and the five-night sailing scheduled to leave Port Canaveral on June 6 have been canceled.
A five-night sailing that was scheduled to leave Port Canaveral on Saturday already had been canceled as of Thursday afternoon.
On Thursday morning, “Carnival Freedom’s emergency response team quickly extinguished a fire inside the ship’s funnel while the ship was in Grand Turk,” Duffy said in her email to passengers who booked the June 2 and June 6 sailings. “While all guests and crew are safe, we will need some time to execute the necessary repairs.”
Duffy told passengers that “unfortunately, this means your cruise has been canceled. We sincerely apologize for the disruption to your vacation plans, and are very disappointed that we have to cancel your cruise with such short notice.”
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Duffy said affected passengers will get a full refund, plus a 100% future cruise credit, based on the value of the cruise fare for the canceled voyage, that must be redeemed by May 31, 2023, on any departure open for sale.
Affected passengers also will receive reimbursement of up to $200 per person on non-refundable airline expenses, such as for change fees. And they will be refunded for the cost of any in-terminal COVID-19 antigen test they booked for the day of their sailing.
“We are very sorry for the disappointment this has caused and thank you for your understanding,” Duffy said in her email to affected passengers. “We look forward to welcoming you on a Carnival cruise in the near future.”
The Freedom instead will sail without passengers to a shipyard in Grand Bahama for repairs.
The fire also will delay the return of Carnival Freedom passengers on the cruise that was scheduled to come back to Port Canaveral on Saturday. Instead, those passengers will return to Port Canaveral on another Carnival ship, the Conquest, on Monday morning.
There are 2,504 passengers and 972 crew members on board on that sailing.
A cruise ship funnel generally serves as a smokestack to lift emissions above the deck, thus away from passengers and crew.
Grand Turk is part of the Turks and Caicos Islands, located north of the island of Hispaniola, the island that includes the Dominican Republic and Haiti.