Cruise ship forced to dock in Bahamas following fire

By Admin Thursday May 30 2013 in Caribbean
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FREEPORT: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines says all passengers on its 917-foot Grandeur of the Seas cruise line were safe after the ship was forced to dock in the Bahamas on Monday following a fire on board the liner.


The U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines said all 2,224 guests and 796 crew members had been accounted for and were being accommodated at hotels.


The U.S. Coast Guard said that the ship is now being evaluated in Freeport.


It said it received a call on Monday of a “Class A” fire, meaning that the items on fire were wood or other combustible materials.


Officials said at the time of the fire, the ship was 35 nautical miles northwest of West End, Bahamas, and that the fire, which began on the third deck of the aft mooring area, was quickly extinguished,


The cruise ship had departed last Friday from Baltimore, Maryland, on a seven-day cruise to Royal Caribbean’s private island, CocoCay, in the Bahamas.


Official said the Carnival cruise ship, Sensation, and a motor vessel from the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER), the Hagen, were diverted from their paths to help.


The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), as well as Bahamas, whose flag the ship sails under, said they will conduct a joint investigation to determine the cause of the fire.


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