NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Several passengers reported feeling sick after breathing in a foul odor aboard the Carnival Magic cruise ship docked in Norfolk.
In a statement on Thursday, Carnival said the odor was linked to “an exterior painting project” that happened on Wednesday. The ship arrived in Norfolk on Thursday morning and all guests disembarked, Carnival spokesperson Chelsea Stromfeld said. “The ship’s crew quickly reacted and provided assistance to the guests,” Carnival said.
A WAVY photojournalist spoke to multiple passengers as they got off the ship on Thursday morning. One man said he had a seizure and hit his head during the cruise.
Most of the passengers WAVY spoke to said they smelled paint, concentrated around the second and first decks. At the same time, many passengers also said on social media they had no issues with the cruise and didn’t smell anything.
The Coast Guard says it’s investigating the reports, but didn’t have additional information when contacted by 10 On Your Side.
The 3,690-passenger ship is homeported in Norfolk and goes to the Bahamas, Bermuda and more. It resumed cruises on Sunday, May 15.
Meanwhile WFLA in Tampa reported that another Carnival ship, the Carnival Freedom, caught fire in Grand Turk in Turks and Caicos on Thursday. The fire was in the funnel/exhaust system, and no evacuations were ordered and no injuries were reported. Carnival said in a statement that “Freedom’s emergency response team quickly activated and extinguished a fire inside the ship’s funnel.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.