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Thick Smoke Disrupts Passengers’ Night on Carnival Cruise



Three thousand passengers on the Carnival Sensation panicked on Monday morning with reports of a fire onboard.

The Carnival Sensation was nearing the end of the western Caribbean cruise when a thick amount of smoke alerted passengers and workers that something was wrong.

Passenger Troy McCarty told Local 10, “The fire alarms didn’t go off at all, and I didn’t see any crew members.”

“My sister-in-law was beating on our door a little after 3 this morning, saying, ‘Get out! There’s a fire!'” he said.

McCarty snapped photos of crew members wearing fire gear and evacuating passengers to the main deck.

“You couldn’t even see in front of you 6 (feet) when you exited the room, and it was hard to breathe,” McCarty said.

For McCarty and the other passengers, this was the second major incident on the trip. Carnival Sensation skipped a planned stop in Mexico the day before so a sick worker could be airlifted by the U.S. Coast Guard to a hospital.

“We’ve never had it like this before,” McCarty said. “I mean, there was always a little something, but not like this.”

Despite the profuse amount of smoke, Carnival Cruise Line said there wasn’t a fire, but that the smoke was coming from a housekeeping storage area.

McCarty doesn’t believe them. “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” he said.

Carnival Cruise Line apologized to the upset passengers, but according to reports on Twitter, they will not compensate guests for all the mishaps that occurred on the trip.

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