Carnival Freedom returns to sea after fire

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The Carnival Freedom is back where it belonged – sailing across the Atlantic Ocean with thousands of happy guests on board.

Just over two weeks after a fire interrupted a cruise and forced passengers to move to a sister ship, the Freedom relaunched on Saturday June 11.

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The boat left its home port of Port Canaveral, Florida, for a five-day cruise to the Bahamas, according to multiple media.

The only thing that changed about the ship was that it was missing part of its iconic red, white and blue “funnel” – a recognizable feature of Carnival ships that resembles a whale’s tail – The Maritime Executive reported. This is where most of the fire occurred.

Carnival said the funnel will be fully repaired at a later date.

No passengers or crew were injured in the May 26 fire, which occurred while the ship was in port in Turks & Caicos.

The fire was quickly put out but looked much worse with its billowing black smoke.

Carnival released a statement immediately after the fire, stating that “Carnival Freedom’s Emergency Response Team quickly activated and extinguished a fire inside the ship’s funnel while the ship was in Grand Turk. All guests and crew are safe, and the ship’s guests have been cleared by local authorities to come ashore. We continue to assess the situation.

After passengers disembarked on another Carnival ship, the Freedom – still seaworthy – headed straight to a shipyard in the Great Bahamas for repair.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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