Carnival Celebration Fire, Carnival Cruise Line Fire near Cozumel, Mexico – On June 18, 1995, on the second day of Caribbean cruise, with 1760 passengers aboard, fire broke out aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Celebration that left the cruise ship adrift in the hot, Caribbean sun for two days.
The fire was reported as beginning in an engine room control panel, resulting in the cruise ship being disabled.
As passengers were about to board Carnival Ecstasy from Key West to Cozumel, Mexico, their cruise was canceled in order to send Ecstasy to the Caribbean to rescue Celebration’s passengers.
Celebration passengers received a full refund and a free 7-day cruise, along with a free open bar all the back to Miami. Ecstasy passengers received a full refund and 50% discount on a future cruise.