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Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Catches Fire

by Tom Bell
May 28, 2013

A fire broke out on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas, doing enough damage that the rest of the cruise was cancelled and the passengers were flown back to Baltimore where the cruise originated.

The fire began at 2:50 on May 27, 2013 and was extinguished a short time later. No injuries were reported. The ship never lost power and was able to sail into Freeport, Bahamas.

Royal Caribbean said that, in addition to arranging flights back to Baltimore, passengers will receive a full refund of their fare and a certificate for a future cruise.

Royal Caribbean also said that all 2,224 guests and 796 crew were safe and accounted for. Photos show a substantial area of the stern burned on several decks of the ship.

The ship stayed in Freeport overnight pending an investigation into the fire. The next cruise scheduled for May 31, 2013 has been cancelled.


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