Most folks look forward to the royal treatment you are awarded on a cruise and how your every wish is seemingly within reality’s reach. When that luxury journey comes to a screeching halt just one day into a week-long cruise because of a fire, royal treatment is put on hold and you become one of the masses being herded off the ship!
The Carnival Liberty had an engine fire, stranding 4,500 passengers and crew in the U.S. Virgin Islands for the second day on Tuesday. This ill-fated cruise offered one day of normal cruise life until a harsh reality set in, causing passengers to evacuate the ship and remain on shore as officials assessed the damage.
According to MSN News on September 8, the passengers and crew were offered snacks and water in port and later transferred to hotels where they screened two movies to pass the time, but cruise life is promised to be so much more than this!
They were finally given the go-ahead to return to the ship as the inspection dictated it was safe. Passengers were given no other information about when or if the Carnival Cruise ship would be able to leave the port and cruise the seas to finish their journey. They still have the better part of a week to visit the other port of calls that were promised in that beckoning brochure. That is if the ship is up to the task at hand.
It seems things started to look up as ABC News reports that passengers were given free transportation into town on Tuesday and $150 credit each to spend on the ship. The fire was limited to one of the ship’s engines and there is still no word if that engine can be fixed in time for this cruise to finish it’s voyage.
A team of experts are on board the ship making the decision on what needs to happen next. Included in this team are members of the U.S. Coast Guard. Look on the bright side of this bump in the ocean, at least it wasn’t an outbreak of a sickness, which has occurred in recent years on a few cruises.
They weren’t stuck near an iceberg, that fire started while they were moored in the shadow of the Virgin Island paradise. Spending an extra day in this tropical paradise isn’t such a bad consultation prize! That $150 voucher, while a good deal of money for a land lover, the ships store can eat that up with the purchase of candy. Prices in the stores on board cruise ships are traditionally inflated to the extreme.