February Ship of the Month: Carnival Liberty
Time sure does fly when you're having fun! It's already February and Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Liberty is the ship of the month!
Carnival Liberty Ship Stats
The Carnival Liberty was built in 2005, is a Conquest-Class Cruise Ship, and can carry up to 2,974 passengers. She is 952 feet long, 116 feet wide, and comes in at a total of 110,000 gross tons. Liberty’s top cruising speed is 22 knots. She features 14 decks with 27 bars and lounges. There are four types of staterooms offered on board. The types include interior staterooms, ocean view staterooms, balcony staterooms, and suites.
Carnival Liberty Itinerary
The Carnival Liberty currently sails 2 to 5 night Bahamas cruises to Princess Cays (Carnival's Private Island), Freeport, and Nassau from Port Canaveral, Florida year-round.
Carnival Liberty Ship Tour
Below is a video of tour from CruiseOne on YouTube!
Carnival Liberty Incidents and Events
On September 7, 2015, while docked in Charlotte Amalie, the vessel experienced an engine room fire incident. USCG investigators and local Marine Safety inspectors boarded the ship to investigate and assess the damages. No injuries were reported. The fire was quickly extinguished by the vessel’s automated fire suppression system. During the accident, all passengers were safely offloaded and offered the opportunity to wait at a local hotel’s reception, in the area nearby the cruise port. Complimentary refreshments were provided. The departure was initially rescheduled from 5:00 to 8:00 PM the same day. All passengers were re-embarked by the evening, however the vessel was not cleared by the USCG and remained in port overnight for technical assessment. The shipowner officially reported that all the on board passenger services were fully functional, including the air-conditioning and water and toilet systems.
On November 5, 2010, the ship experienced a malfunction of Diesel Generator number 5. The unit had to be stopped. Diesel Generator number 1 shut down by automation. Generator 5 was repaired and operational on the next day. Generator 1 was repaired and operational 6 days later.
On May 5, 2016, the vessel reported having propulsion problems with its bow thrusters. These units are required only during docking maneuvers and not for the ship’s normal operation. It means that the ship can arrive/depart ports, only when assisted by tug boats. As the needed tugboat assistance in call port Cozumel (Mexico) was not secured in time, the ship had to skip the port visit. As compensation, all passengers were provided with $100 per person in on board credit. The incident occurred during the 5-day Mexico cruise from Galveston. On May 21, 2016, as the ship experienced again bow thruster problems, the 5-day Mexico itinerary was also altered. The scheduled Progreso call was cancelled and the cruise was cut short. As compensation, to all booked on May 21 passengers was offered $100 in on board credit, plus the option to cancel with a full refund. Cruising passengers were allowed to spend May 26th on the ship in Galveston.
On August 22, 2014, while at sea, the ship’s storm system suggested itinerary course change due to Hurricane storms. The Carnival Liberty was on an Eastern Caribbean itinerary with ports of call St Thomas, St Maarten, Puerto Rico, Grand Turk. The alternated course took the vessel close to Cuba. On the next day, officers received a distress call from a small makeshift raft floating near by. The ship deployed a rescue boat and saved all 11 Cuban refugees. The raft was abandoned and the ship continued the voyage toward St Thomas (USVI). To prevent the Cuban refugees from reaching US territory and taking advantage of the situation, USCG ordered a rendezvous. The Cubans were offloaded onto a USCG cutter and transferred back to Cuba.
On November 8, 2010, a 36-year-old female passenger died in her cabin. The woman was found by another passenger lying in bed, not breathing, unresponsive, cold to the touch. CPR was unsuccessful. She was pronounced dead 2 hours later. Investigation revealed the woman had a heart surgery scheduled for April 2010, which was canceled as deemed too risky. On May 13, 2016, a 33-year-old female passenger went overboard at 2:00 AM, while the ship was en-route from Galveston to Cozumel. The woman was reported missing by her travel companions. Reportedly, she climbed up and sat on a deck railing, then tumbled backwards and plunged into the sea. The overboard fall was confirmed after reviewing the CCTV camera footage. The conducted by USCG 20-hour search and rescue operation failed to find the body. The accident occurred during the 4-day Mexico cruise round-trip from Galveston Texas.
On February 22, 2007, senior passengers foiled a robbery attempt in call port Limon, Costa Rica. They were on a privately arranged bus tour when 3 men tried to rob them. One of the passengers put one of the robbers into a head lock and eventually killed him after braking his clavicle. The other two criminals fled after all passengers started to defend themselves.
On July 2, 2007, a 29-year-old male passenger fell overboard, but was rescued. USCG assets started a rescue operation with 1 helicopter and several boats. After 1 hour the man was found alive and pulled from the water. Reports said he was heavily intoxicated, drinking for 12 hours. After he and his friends left the casino, they went on an open deck where he climbed into a lifeboat and started cutting the ropes. When the ship’s security staff came and started to climb toward him, he jumped into the water. On May 28, 2010, while the ship was docked in call port Ochos Rios Jamaica, a male passenger jumped overboard to avoid arrest for sexual assault of a minor. The man was soon arrested by the local police.
On July 25, 2010, upon entering into Half Moon Cay, a male crew jumped overboard. He was working as musician on the ship. Code “Bravo starboard side” was announced, the ship lowered a lifeboat and the man was rescued. The incident lasted for 10 minutes.
On May 28, 2011, a female passenger suffered an abdominal pain which became more severe. Still, the woman presented herself to the infirmary 3 hours after departing from Miami, Florida. After she was diagnosed, she was medevaced via USCG Helicopter and transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. On November 19, 2011, a 35-year-old male crew was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a minor. According to the filed complaint, the man worked on the ship as a waiter. He engaged in 2 sexual acts with a 14-year-old female passenger traveling with the family. The two incidents occurred in international waters on Nov 4 and 5, about which she told her family on their return home. Both rapes of the minor were done in a bathroom located on Lido Deck 9. During the incident, the ship was operating on a 7-days Caribbean itinerary.
On March 14, 2014, a 51-year-old male passenger was medevaced by an USCG helicopter ~130 ml / 210 km southwest of call port Key West FL. The ship’s call for medical assistance was made in the Gulf of Mexico en-route to Florida. The man was airlifted and transported to the Key West’s Lower Keys Medical Center.
On August 31, 2014, a 31-year-old male passenger was arrested upon disembarkation in home port of Port Canaveral, Florida, and charged with drug smuggling. The man was caught with 6 kilos of cocaine hidden in his suitcase. The arresting officers obtained the necessary warrants in federal court before the ship arrived in port. The incident occurred after the ship returned from a 7-days Southern Caribbean cruise with itinerary call ports Grand Turk, Oranjestad Aruba and Willemstad Curacao. On September 12, 2015, a 26-year-old male crew was detained and accused in sexually assaulting a female crew. The man worked at the ship’s casino. He was not identified by the shipowner Carnival, nor charged with the crime. The investigation was done by the Sex Crimes Division of the Puerto Rico’s CIC. According to the CIC’s report, the alleged rape occurred at 4:00 AM in a crew cabin while the ship was returning to home port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, operating on a 7-days Eastern Caribbean itinerary with call ports St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts and St Maarten. Local authorities were informed at 11:00 AM. Strangely, the investigation was discontinued in the morning of Sept 13. The CIC’s commander announced that the assaulted woman doesn’t want to press charges against her co-worker. The case was closed.