Carnival cruise ship erupts in flames in shocking video: '2022 Titanic'

·News Reporter
·2-min read

A Carnival cruise ship has had an unlucky morning, with video footage from guests showing the ship's signature red funnel roaring with flames.

The Carnival Freedom dispatched an emergency response crew to the fire this morning, before docking in Grand Turk south of the Bahamas.

Footage from a guest - TikTok user @mecca_kelly - shows crews frantically hosing the fire as it bellows black smoke into the air in a scene the TikToker labelled "the 2022 Titanic".

Stills of TikTok video showing Carnival cruise ship with red funnel on fire, and damage to funnel
The cause of the Carnival cruise ship's fire is currently unknown. Source: TikTok

The ship had 2,504 guests and 972 crew on board, all of whom have been accounted for by the cruise line.

The TikToker also announced in a follow-up video that she is fine, and still enjoying her holiday despite the damage to the ship.

In a statement, Carnival confirmed that all guests have been sent ashore while the equipment is assessed.

The plan is to transfer guests onto the Carnival Conquest, whose May 27 voyage from Miami has been cancelled, to transport the Carnival Freedom's guests back to Port Canaveral on Saturday.

Carnival has confirmed that it has issued apologies to guests, while attending to the fire's cause as a matter of urgency.

"All guests and crew are safe, and all other ship, hotel, and guest services, along with safety equipment are fully functioning," a Carnival representative said.

"Carnival apologized (sic) to all those guests who are impacted and offered special thanks to the crew who handled the situation on the ship effectively and according to safety protocols."

Social media reacts to harrowing footage

TikTok users have posted tens of thousands of comments on the footage of the fire, which has now been viewed almost 9 million times in just over 12 hours.

"What are they doing with the water, it looks like it doesn't even reach the fire," one person wrote.

"The irony of a boat on fire in the middle of the ocean is kinda crazy," said another.

"I was on Carnival a few years ago and the boiler exploded, so I'm not surprised," commented a third.

One TikTok user said her mother, who was aboard the ship, called her frantically: "when you get a call at 7:30 in the morning saying the ship's burning and don't know why or how bad the damage will be," she said.

Other TikTok users encouraged the guests to take action following the incident, stating "that smells like a refund to me".

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