Cruise Ship Cabin Fire Delays Departure from St. Thomas

February 10, 2014

(9 p.m. EST) -- A cabin fire on Carnival Valor delayed the ship's departure from St. Thomas by a couple of hours Monday, according to Cruise Critic members onboard the ship and confirmed by the cruise line.

The fire broke out in a cabin on deck 8 while the ship was docked in St. Thomas, Carnival Cruise Lines spokesman Vance Gulliksen said. The ship's sprinkler system put out the fire quickly, and hotel and safety systems functioned as normal, Gulliksen said.

Cruise Critic member cbell21219, who reports he is onboard, posted about the fire on the message boards. "Crew doesn't seem to worried," cbell21219 wrote. "All of ship is working except certain aspects of the aft."

While smoke was present in the area of the fire, Gulliksen reports no one was injured, and only the one cabin was damaged.

The passengers in the affected cabin were relocated, and nearby cabins are being aired out, he said.

The ship, which was scheduled to depart at 5 p.m., left St. Thomas just before 8. It's expected to arrive as scheduled to Barbados, at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Valor was on the second day of a seven-night sailing.

--By Colleen McDaniel, Managing Editor