We have been notified that there was a fire which affected a "few cabins" this afternoon on the Carnival Valor, which is currently docked at port in St. Thomas U.S.V.I.
A person on the cruise ship informed us that the cruise ship was supposed to depart St. Thomas at 5:00 P.M. but the captain of the ship announced that the departure was delayed due to the fire which apparently (reportedly) went from one cabin to another. The cause and type of fire has not been explained to us.
The ship reportedly will sail later tonight.
We are awaiting confirmation and an explanation from Carnival which we contacted upon receipt of the information.
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Update: Here's the statement which we received today from Carnival at 6:21 P.M.:
CARNIVAL VALOR STATEMENT
February 10, 2014 - 5:15 pm EDT
Earlier today while the Carnival Valor was docked in St. Thomas, a small fire was detected in one stateroom located on deck 8. The ship’s automatic sprinkler system activated and quickly extinguished the fire. All of the ship’s hotel and safety systems continued to function as normal.
Although there was smoke in the area, there were no injuries to guests or crew. Other than the one affected cabin, all other cabins in the area are undamaged.
The ship, which departed on a seven-day cruise from San Juan yesterday, is scheduled to sail from St. Thomas later this evening and arrive in Barbados on Wednesday.
Carnival Valor operates year-round seven-day southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan.
Update: The Cruise Critic message board includes comments from passengers, including this one:
"No power at lido buffet and still have not left port and we are a hour late. Some aft stairwells have been block of and aft elevators are not operating."
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