Last updated: 05:28 PM ET, Fri March 27 2015

Smoke Seen 'Billowing' from Carnival Liberty Was Not Fire

Impacting Travel | Carnival Cruise Line | Theresa Norton | March 27, 2015

Smoke Seen 'Billowing' from Carnival Liberty Was Not Fire

There were reports of smoke “billowing” from Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Liberty in St. Maarten Friday morning, but the line says there was no fire, just an overheated bearing in the forward section.

“Guests from a small number of staterooms near the forward section of the ship were temporarily vacated from their cabins as a precaution while the shipboard teams were handling the situation,” company spokesman Vance Gulliksen said in an email.

Shipboard personnel responded immediately and after further investigation determined that the smoke was due to friction of a bearing on one of the ship’s forward thrusters, which overheated, he said.

The ship is working on replacing the bearing. The ship’s safety systems and hotel services are functioning as normal as it was preparing to depart St. Maarten today as scheduled.

The Carnival Liberty is on a seven-day Caribbean cruise that departed Port Canaveral on March 22.

An Associated Press story said smoke was “billowing” from the ship and that a fire crew raced to the dock.

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