Carnival Ecstasy Fire, Carnival Cruise Line near Galveston, Texas – February 12, 2009 Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Ecstasy has a fire while underway to the cruise terminal berth in Galveston, Texas.
A fire alarm sounded in the passageway of the main deck on the aft starboard side near guest cabin M217. The fire was extinguished by the ship’s sprinkler system.
All guests in the vicinity of the fire were evacuated to their muster stations. The area was inspected and two laundry bags set in the passageway outside of cabin M217 were found burned and melted.
Five guests and two crew members suffered minor smoke inhalation, and were cleared by the ship’s doctor.
Clean up was conducted and normal operations resumed. Although not fully proved, the cause of the fire was most likely the two laundry bags getting hot while inadvertently resting against the hot part of the passageway lighting fixture. The fixtures are to be replaced with a new design during the vessel’s next yard period.