Fire on Royal Caribbean cruise ship cuts short Bahamas trip

Mon May 27, 2013 9:21pm EDT

1 of 7. Damage on the Royal Caribbean ship Grandeur of the Seas is pictured as the ship is docked in Freeport May 27, 2013.

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(Reuters) - Fire aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship forced it to dock at Freeport, Bahamas, on Monday, with all passengers and crew safe but the rest of the trip canceled, the cruise company reported.

Grandeur of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, was on a seven-night trip that left Baltimore on Friday. The 916-foot-long (280-metre) ship was en route to CocoCay, Bahamas, when a fire occurred in its mooring area early on Monday, the company said in a statement.

The fire was extinguished in about two hours and the 17-year-old vessel was redirected to Freeport, the company said. As a result of the damage, the rest of the trip was canceled and passengers were refunded their fares and offered a free cruise in the future.

"Royal Caribbean International is deeply sorry for this unexpected development in our guests' vacation," the company said.

The incident was the latest in a string of bad news for the cruise industry. In March, 108 people fell sick with a gastrointestinal illness on a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship.

In February, thousands of passengers spent nearly five days on a disabled cruise ship operated by Carnival Corp in the Gulf of Mexico, after an engine-room fire knocked out power and plumbing throughout most of the ship.

In the most recent mishap, all 2,224 guests and 796 crew on the Royal Caribbean trip were accounted for on Monday, and only minor medical incidents were reported, including fainting and an ankle sprain, the company said.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Peter Cooney)

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JRATL wrote:
Royal Caribbean did everything correct. As they pounded on my room door at 2:30 in the morning telling me to put my life vest on. Then to go to my muster assigned area. They explained a small fire. The day we got off the ship seeing the burned backside. OMG.
A small fire they told us is exactly what they needed to tell us. I wouldn’t have wanted to have known the truth.

The next day no charge food, drinks, internet and phone calls.

The next day everyone began to be shuttled off the ship then to chartered jets to Maryland. Put in a nice Doubletree hotel. Fed us and shuttled us to the airport.
100% refund and a voucher for another cruise at a later date worth 100% equal to this one. Voucher good for one year.

Royal Caribbean handled the situation the way they should have. They did everything they could as fast as they were able to.
Thank you
JRATL

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