They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Well today I agree with that expression after watching a nine minute video that a former crew member sent me.
Earlier today I posted two videos showing the Carnival Pride experiencing rough weather back on November 5, 2011. High waves crash over the bow which resulted in a window being blown in and a children's play area (Circle C) being flooded. Water enters the area at high speed covering all of the walls and ceiling and dousing the televisions and electrical equipment.
The video below is a continuation of those videos. It shows the kid's area flooded. One of the televisions on the wall begins to short circuit. There are about 5 minutes of the television sparking, smoldering and emitting black smoke until a fire erupts.
A crew member eventually shows up two and one-half minutes later. He kneels down and tries to splash water onto the burning television. Bad idea. It also looks like he tries to pull the television off of the wall.
A couple of crew members then quickly enter the area and put the fire out with fire extinguishers.
I never could have imagined that just a few minutes after Circle C was flooded, a fire would break out there from a television. I would not have believed it unless I saw the video.
The Carnival Pride was heading to port in Baltimore when it encountered the rough weather.
A reader left a comment to our first article and pointed out that Cruise Critic contains some passing comments about the flooding and the fire.
It's unusual to see photographs or videos of floods or fires on cruise ships. Cruise lines don't release images from their surveillance cameras to the public. Thanks to the former crew who sent us these images.