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Passengers Returning to US After Cruise Ship Fire

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release
By: KASEY JONES

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Royal Caribbean officials say more than 2,200 cruise passengers from a ship that caught fire at sea are expected back in Baltimore where the trip began.

The cruise line says it's making arrangements for 11 charter flights to take passengers from the Bahamas on Tuesday.

The fire aboard the Grandeur of the Seas began at 2:50 a.m. Monday and was extinguished about two hours later with no injuries reported. A cause wasn't immediately known.

The ship left Baltimore on Friday for a seven-night cruise. Royal Caribbean says it never lost power and was able to sail into port in Freeport, Bahamas, Monday afternoon.

The company says passengers will get a full refund of their fare and a certificate for a future cruise.


Associated Press Release
By KASEY JONES

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Royal Caribbean says a fire that broke out aboard a ship has forced it to cancel the rest of the cruise and that more than 2,000 passengers will be flown back to Baltimore from the Bahamas.

The cruise line says the fire that began at 2:50 a.m. Monday was extinguished about two hours later with no injuries reported. A cause wasn't immediately known.

Royal Caribbean said in a series of tweets later Monday that executives have met with passengers aboard the ship and that the cruise line is arranging flights for all guests on Tuesday.

It said passengers will receive a full refund of their fare and a certificate for a future cruise.


Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- A fire has been reported aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that was on its way to the Bahamas.

According to cruise line's statement on its website, the fire occurred on the mooring area of deck 3 about 2:15 a.m. Monday aboard the ship Grandeur of the Seas and was quickly extinguished.

Miami-based Royal Caribbean says the 2,224 passengers and 796 crew members had to report to evacuation stations but that all are safe and have been accounted for. The cruise line also says the ship still has full power. No major injuries were reported.

The ship left Baltimore on Friday for a 7-night cruise. It was on its way to CocoCay in the Bahamas, but instead went to Freeport, Bahamas, for further evaluation.


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