Carnival Ends Cruise Early After Ship Fire

The Carnival cruise ship stuck in St. Thomas since a Monday fire will return early to its home port of San Juan, Puerto Rico as soon as authorities allow. Upcoming calls in Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten have been canceled, reports USA Today.

Passengers on the 10-year-old Carnival Liberty will have the option of remaining on board the vessel after it reaches San Juan and exploring the city for several days or disembarking to travel home, the line announced late Tuesday.

Carnival said it would issue full refunds to passengers for the shortened voyage as well as a 50% discount on a future cruise. This is in addition to a $150 per person credit that already has been applied to shipboard accounts.

“The ship’s command is presently awaiting permission from authorities to sail,” the line said in a statement sent to USA TODAY. “If clearance to depart St. Thomas is not received by later (Tuesday) evening, the company will move forward with arrangements to fly all guests home from St. Thomas.”

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