Fire on cruise ship; no injuries reported

Fire on cruise ship; no injuries reported
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POSTED: Monday, May 27, 2013 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Monday, May 27, 2013 - 10:04am

A Royal Caribbean International ship was sailing to a Bahamas port after a Monday morning fire in which no one was injured, the company said.

The fire began in a mooring area on the Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship around 2:50 a.m.

It was extinguished just before 5 a.m., the company said on one of its Twitter accounts.

The ship, with 2,224 guests and 796 crew members, initially was headed to CocoCay, Bahamas, but it will now go to Freeport for evaluation, Royal Caribbean said in a news release.

The cruise ship was in calm seas and has full power, the company said.

Shortly before 6 a.m., the ship was 38 nautical miles from Freeport, the company said.

"In an abundance of caution, the captain deemed it necessary to muster all guests at their assembly stations," the company's news release said. "All ... guests and ... crew have been accounted for, and there have been no injuries of guests or crew reported."

Information from Royal Caribbean's website states that the Grandeur of the Seas Bahamas trip includes seven nights, leaving from the Port of Baltimore in Maryland, and calling at Port Canaveral, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; and CocoCay, Royal Caribbean's "private island paradise" in the Bahamas.

A number of cruise ship incidents have made headlines in the past year and a half.

In January 2012, 32 people died when the Costa Concordia capsized off Italy's coast.

In February this year, an engine room fire left the Carnival Triumph adrift in the Gulf of Mexico, with passengers reporting overflowing toilets and human waste running down the walls in some parts of the ship.

On a March cruise, the Carnival Dream lost power and some toilets stopped working.

And earlier this month, authorities say, a man and a woman on the Carnival Spirit fell overboard off Australia's coast; they are presumed dead.

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