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Author Topic: Class A fire on the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas  (Read 5100 times)
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« on: May 27, 2013, 12:51:22 PM »

http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/fire-breaks-out-aboard-cruise-ship-florida-6C10086722


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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2013, 11:50:30 AM »

"Royal Caribbean International said it would cancel the May 31 sailing of the Grandeur of the Seas in order to make repairs to damage stemming from a fire on the ship Monday morning."

"Guests booked on the canceled sailing will receive a full refund and a future cruise credit worth 50% of the fare paid for the canceled cruise, Royal said. Passengers who booked air through the line will receive a refund; the line will pay for change fees for passengers who booked air separately."

http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/No-one-injured-in-fire-on-Grandeur-of-the-Seas/?a=cruise&cid=eltrcruise
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2013, 05:40:24 AM »

I've been having computer problems and haven't keep up withe the latest news but did they determine what started the fire? It appears to have started from below the passenger's decks.
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2013, 11:34:01 AM »

WSJ says "A cause wasn't immediately known."  

Hearsay has it that what started the fire was a discarded cigarette in an aft storage area.
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2013, 04:55:04 PM »

Shayne Parsons of Millersville, whose cabin was directly above the fire, had praise for the firefighting crew, "but as soon as the fire was out, it was as if we didn't exist. We were just a number."

Parsons and about 100 other passengers displaced by water and smoke damage were taken ashore and put up at a hotel.

"At 1 p.m., we checked off the boat and we did not see anyone from Royal Caribbean again until well after 8 p.m. We were on our own with no direction," said Parsons, a Navy contractor, who paid $4,500 for a vacation for two.

On Tuesday, they were hustled from the hotel and told they were to board a 5 p.m. flight home only to find that they were on standby with no departure time.


"Things happen. I'm not upset about the fire at all," Parsons said. "But we've been treated like animals."

Some people cried. Others were visibly shaken. Updates from the crew came every half-hour, but nobody knew how bad things were. When the lifeboats began to descend, the tension rose.

Dodson, a Lutherville resident, and her husband, began to think about abandoning ship.

"I don't think that there was any fear that [the ship was] going down, but there was a fear that we would have to de-board to the lifeboats," Cody Dodson said.

"And then watch the ship burn," Jennifer Dodson added.

Beser said crew members began telling people that nausea pills would be handed out. Some passengers saw stretchers carried past.

"I thought I was going to lose it," Beser said, "but I kept calm."

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-cruise-fire-folo-20130528,0,5715470.story
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2013, 05:01:11 PM »

Martinez said President and CEO Adam Goldstein — who met with passengers Monday in the Bahamas — would not give interviews Tuesday. "We're just going to focus on getting all of our guests back to Baltimore," she wrote in an email."

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57586473/passengers-on-cruise-ship-that-caught-fire-describe-ordeal/
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2013, 05:09:10 PM »

She credited the crew’s calm, orderly response. ‘‘The crew was in total control, and there was no chaos,’’ she said, and some cracked jokes to lighten the mood."

http://www.boston.com/business/news/2013/05/28/passengers-describe-calm-scene-after-cruise-fire/q7pxoZo8ETogxbfWMtIagN/story.html
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2013, 05:19:56 PM »

"Allen shot cell phone video of people suited up in life vests standing still in fear as the lifeboats lowered thinking they were about to evacuate the ship.

"When we got on the deck, the flames were shooting off the back of the ship. When the lifeboats lowered you know it's real, so that was kind of bad," Brad McCready of Salisbury, Maryland said.

"It's very uneasy; there were lifeboats, but you were thinking Titanic," Allen said."

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/national_world&id=9119305
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2013, 05:22:15 PM »

"Passengers on a Caribbean cruise today told of their terror after they heard huge explosions and their ship became engulfed in flames."

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/caribbean-cruise-ship-fire-passengers-1918450
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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2013, 09:36:36 PM »

Terror?  Huge explosions?  Engulfed in flames?  Hyperbole?  I think so.
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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2013, 04:21:24 AM »

Terror?  Huge explosions?  Engulfed in flames?  Hyperbole?  I think so.
After reading some of the comments from any of these cruise ship occurrences, one has got to wonder where the truth lies. 
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« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2013, 05:21:27 AM »

I guess they are getting the story built up for the lawyers.
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« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2013, 06:19:52 AM »

On the open aft deck on that ship a bunch of life rafts in those fat barrels appeared to be in the direct path of the fire.  This is not good.
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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2013, 07:33:58 AM »

For one time I would actually like to be aboard one of these ships to see what really happens when these incidents occur.
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« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2013, 12:52:05 PM »

"Royal Caribbean's fire-damaged Grandeur of the Seas will be out of service until the middle of July.

The line today canceled five more sailings of the vessel so it can undergo repair work at a shipyard in the Bahamas and said the ship wouldn't return to service until July 12. "

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2013/05/29/royal-caribbean-cruises-fire/2370515/
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