Carnival Liberty guests whose cruise was interrupted by an engine-room fire were flown home from St. Thomas on Tuesday when the ship did not receive clearance to sail for San Juan by early evening.

In a statement, Carnival said it used charter flights to transport most of the ship’s 3,346 guests. Carnival had hoped to sail back to San Juan with guests aboard, and dock there for the remainder of the cruise.

Carnival said those on the cruise will receive a full refund and a 50% discount on a future cruise, in addition to the $150 shipboard credit initially issued after the fire.

No one was injured in the Sept. 7 fire, which was extinguished by the ship’s automated systems. Carnival said it now expects the Liberty to sail back to San Juan later this week.


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