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Carnival Liberty cleared to sail—with 1,500 pax still aboard

Carnival Liberty cleared to sail—with 1,500 pax still aboard
Carnival Liberty was scheduled to depart from St. Thomas Thursday evening, bound for its homeport of San Juan and due to arrive Friday morning.

The remaining passengers were to sail back to San Juan on the ship and have the option of staying on board through Sunday morning. Approximately 1,500 passengers were still on the ship Thursday evening, the remainder having disembarked to return home primarily via charter flights arranged by Carnival Cruise Line.

All necessary authorities including the US Coast Guard have given permission for the vessel to sail. On Sunday Carnival Liberty is scheduled to resume regular cruise service from San Juan.

This week's cruise was cut short by a fire in the aft engine room on Monday while Carnival Liberty was alongside in St. Thomas. There were no injuries.

Still no word on what sparked the fire, which was extinguished by the ship's automated suppression systems.

Carnival Liberty had departed from San Juan on Sept. 6 with 3,346 passengers and 1,150 crew on board.