The Freedom Carnival repairs are complete and the ship is back in service from Port Canaveral, Florida on June 11, 2022. This comes after the ship spent some time in the Bahamas carrying out repairs due to a fire that broke out at the end of May. 2022.
Carnival Freedom resumes service
After being taken out of service for urgent repairs, the Freedom Carnival the cruise ship brings the fun back to thousands of guests starting June 11, 2022.
A a fire broke out aboard the Conquest-class ship on May 26 while docked in Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The fire was primarily in the ship’s iconic red, white and blue funnel and, at the time, posed a significant threat to the ship.
Thanks to the ship’s fire crews and local authorities, the funnel fire was finally extinguished with no reports of injuries to crew or guests. However, the fire forced the cruise line to cancel several sailings and decommission another sister ship to help bring all guests back to Port Canaveral.
The good news is that repair work on the Freedom Carnival is now complete at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas.
The iconic funnel is no longer the same as before and the two fins protruding from the side have both been removed. The ship now has a more traditional funnel look. Work began while the ship was still in Grand Turk after a technical team assessed the damage.
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Carnival said at the time, “Our technical team from Miami will join the ship later today to perform a technical assessment and plan any necessary repairs which will be carried out at the Grand Bahama shipyard. This means Carnival Freedom will not be returning to Port Canaveral.
It is likely that once the ship has undergone a more scheduled official drydock, the funnel will return completely to what it was before the fire.
Freedom Carnival will now return to guest operations from Port Canaveral on June 11 as scheduled. The ship will leave around 3:30 p.m. for a five-day cruise to Nassau, Princess Cays and Grand Turk.
Which cruises were affected after the fire?
Repair of the chimney on board Freedom Carnival has resulted in cancellations of this current May 23 cruise, as well as May 28, June 2 and June 6 departures.
When the fire broke out on the sailboat, it’s no surprise it was called off. In the absence of air transport from the island, the the cruise line decided to use its sister shipCarnival Conquest.
The sister ship’s May 27 three-night trip from Miami, Florida has therefore been cancelled. Then the ship headed to Grand Turk to pick up all the guests from the Freedom Carnival and bring them back to Port Canaveral.
For Freedom Carnival after the May 28 voyage and the two canceled departures in June, guests were offered compensation, including future cruise credit.
Freedom Carnival last underwent a scheduled drydock in February and March 2019. The vessel weighs 110,000 gross tons with a passenger capacity of 2,990 and 1,250 international crew.