Cleveland, Ohio 2022-06-01 22:31:37 –
Cleveland (WJW) – When the cruise ship ignited, a family in northeastern Ohio finally returned home after a dream vacation was engulfed in smoke.
A family of seven, including Rashelle Caldwell and her husband Lavar, celebrated his recent kidney transplant, his mother’s 70th birthday, and his cousin’s graduation at Carnival CruiseShip Freedom last week.
“It starts with fun. It was great to have a good time with everyone laughing and joking,” Caldwell said.
But last Thursday morning, when the ship moored at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the party gave up the ship with all its might.
Still, they didn’t realize it at first.
“We screamed and screamed, and he (Lavar) looked out the window and said,” Oh, we’re docked. ” He saw another carnival ship, Mardi Gras. We warned us that the ship was on fire, “Coldwell said. “There was no alarm to let us know. I actually let the cabin steward know what was going on.”
At that time, there were nearly 2,500 passengers on board.
Flames and dark black smoke were seen swirling from the ship and were recorded by multiple passengers.
According to Caldwell, the Navy’s veteran husband was surprised that the alarm did not sound and that the ship did not evacuate immediately.
But at some point, they were told to wear life jackets and gather at the master station.
“We’re like’OK, this may be serious.’That is, we’re back in the movie’Titanic’. Similarly, come get a life jacket, but there is still no alarm, “Rachel said.
Passengers were told that the ship was no longer sea resistant and had to stay in Grand Turk for another two days until another ship could pick them up and return to the United States.
“The Freedom emergency response team quickly ignited and extinguished the fire in the ship’s funnel,” the Carnival said in a statement.
They also said the fire had never injured the crew or passengers.
Passengers finally arrived in Port Canaveral, Florida on Monday morning, but the Caldwells faced yet another delay in returning to northeastern Ohio.
“We slept at the airport on Monday night. Our plane didn’t depart until Tuesday because we had to rebook,” Caldwell said.
The carnival offered $ 100 to each room, spent extra days and refunded some of the airfare.
They also offered the next cruise at 50% off.
But Rachel says she and her family want to repay some of the other lost costs.
“I had a plan to go to Disney World and it was canceled. I had to rebook tickets for all the planes. I booked a canceled car rental,” Rachel said.
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