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« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2013, 12:58:47 PM »

"May 29 (Reuters) - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd said it expects Monday's fire aboard one of its ships to have a significant impact to its results."

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/05/29/royalcaribbean-fire-idINL3N0EA3UO20130529
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« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2013, 04:47:10 AM »

They also said "Royal Caribbean has not said what caused the blaze, which occurred early Monday in a mooring area at the back of the vessel and was doused about two hours later. Photos show fire damage extending across at least four decks."
I wonder if this will be another mystery like what occurred on the Star a while back.
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« Reply #17 on: May 31, 2013, 08:39:02 AM »

"Molly, 22, and her younger sister Aubrey 18, both Mansfield High School graduates, and their boyfriends Danny Sarkis of Mansfield and Victor Joyner of Dorchester, had been clubbing on the ship until 2 a.m. They were awoken an hour later by loud banging on their doors and crews screaming for them to grab their life jackets and report to their designated muster stations

Their cabins were below deck so the darkness didn’t startle them. A sleepy Aubrey thought the ship had arrived at their destination on Cocoa Cay – the private island of Royal Caribbean - so she grabbed her bathing suit and sun hat.

When they got on deck, it was pitch black. They were in the middle of the ocean and it was cold. Molly thought the ship was sinking.

The ship’s crew lowered the lifeboats and told the more than 2,200 terrified passengers to be ready to abandon ship two by two.

They said everyone would be given an anti-nausea pill so they would not get sick on the small crafts.

The cruise was suddenly looking less like the “Love Boat” and more like the “Titanic.”

“It was really scary. Everyone was in a panic and the crew was running up and down the ship with fire extinguishers and oxygen. I could smell the smoke,” she said."

http://www.enterprisenews.com/news/x514116215/Peril-on-the-high-seas-Mansfield-residents-on-cruise-ship-that-caught-fire?zc_p=0


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« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2013, 08:49:05 AM »

"I looked and I could see the reflection of flames in the water," said Chuck. "I just grabbed my wallet, my money and my wife and we left."

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9122003
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« Reply #19 on: June 01, 2013, 07:06:34 AM »

Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez did not immediately return phone calls or emails Tuesday afternoon about the repairs. Earlier, she said she had no updates on the incident or cause.

Byrd said the shipyard didn't know about the cause, either. The U.S. Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board planned to investigate. NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said the agency has sent one senior investigator to the Bahamas. No other details about the investigation were available Tuesday.

The fire began at 2:50 a.m. Monday and was extinguished about two hours later, with no injuries reported. Photos show a substantial area of the stern burned on several decks of the ship the length of about three football fields.

Martinez said President and CEO Adam Goldstein — who met with passengers Monday in the Bahamas — would not give interviews Tuesday.

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/travel/209717701.html
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« Reply #20 on: June 01, 2013, 07:20:35 AM »

"Linda Daley and her husband, Ron, are just two of the hundreds of people upset at Royal Caribbean’s decision to cancel several cruises after “Grandeur of the Seas” caught fire earlier this week.

The couple was set to sail next Friday.

“I was very, very upset. I had planned all my vacation and got it straightened out with my manager at the grocery store,” Ron Daley said.


When cancellations like this happen it not only affects the passenger’s pocket, but also the city of Baltimore, which brings in a substantial amount of money every time a ship docks at the port.

“The economic impact per cruise, I can say, is a little under $1 million per cruise,” said Richard Scher, spokesperson for the Maryland Port Administration.

“So obviously, when something like this happens with the Grandeur of the Seas it’s really regrettable,” he continued.

Total, the Port of Baltimore brings in $90 million to the state.

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/05/31/royal-caribbean-to-refund-passengers-after-ship-catches-fire-but-they-wont-get-free-cruise/
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« Reply #21 on: June 01, 2013, 07:44:29 AM »

As the Grandeur alternates between Bermuda and Bahamas, it will impact three sailings to Bermuda.

The Grandeur of the Seas’ 2,120 passengers bring in around $120,000 in tax alone per voyage to the island.

And that figure does not take into account spending on shore by passengers and the ship’s 840-strong crew.

Cabin tax and wharfage fees, the latter of which are paid to WEDCO, make up a further $35,000 in revenue per visit.

http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/BUSINESS/Shipping/Article/Cruise-ship-cancellations-to-have--significant-impact-/72/888/67003
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« Reply #22 on: June 01, 2013, 08:19:52 AM »

"Crew members told us to get our life vest on," recalled Warren, a White Marsh resident. "We asked if we could throw on clothes real quick. They told us we didn't have enough time for that."

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-05-27/news/bs-md-cruise-ship-fire-20130527_1_cruise-ship-carnival-sensation-royal-caribbean-cruises-ltd
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« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2013, 07:02:59 AM »

"They say they stood on the outside deck for hours as they watched the ship’s workers lower lifeboats. Some passengers slept on the deck with hundreds of others as smoke billowed out of the stern of the ship.

"That's when the boats came down and that's when I was nervous on the ship,” Chelsea said.

"They said, ‘Women and children to the front please,’” Craig said.

“At that point you're thinking, Titanic?” asked Action News Reporter Matt Belanger.

“Yeah, where's my floating piece of wood to hold on to,” Craig said.

http://www.wtae.com/news/local/allegheny/mt-washington-couple-were-on-burned-cruise-ship/-/10927008/20348006/-/qq0bed/-/index.html
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« Reply #24 on: June 04, 2013, 03:45:56 AM »

"Andrea Sanders of Washington, D.C., said she slept on the deck with hundreds of other passengers as smoke billowed out of the stern of the ship. "I was terrified," Sanders said."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/27/fire-breaks-out-aboard-royal-caribbean-cruise-ship/2363225/
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« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2013, 03:48:38 AM »

We honestly thought the boat might have been sinking," Danielle Miller, 23, tells ABC News of hearing a call to muster stations around 3:00 am on the line's Grandeur of the Seas. "We were just panicking and running upstairs."

Another passenger who goes by the online handle Dharma517 wrote on the message boards at cruise fan site CruiseCritic.com that the lifeboats at muster stations were lowered and opened as passengers had to stand in place wearing life jackets for over four hours.

"Passengers were ill, passing out and vomiting," she says, adding that crew could be seen running through the ship with fire hoses. "This was scary."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2013/05/28/royal-caribbean-cruise-ship-fire/2364929/
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« Reply #26 on: June 04, 2013, 11:10:52 AM »

"Many people who have contacted us point out that the aft of the cruise ship where the fire started is a location where crew members catch a quick smoke.  There is also a crew bar on the stern of the ship. Did a crew member flick a cigarette which ignited the mooring lines?  If true, that would be an unpopular theory considering the great amount of praise that the crew members are receiving for extinguishing the fire.

If a cigarette was involved, was it flicked from an upper passenger balcony?  We will probably never know the culprit. A cigarette can cause a fire which smolders and then suddenly bursts into flames, like the deadly Star Princess fire in 2006.

Was it a fire of an electrical origin? Some have suggested that. Was it arson and intentionally set? I have heard that too.

Why was the fire not automatically extinguished?

Should the public be asking these questions? Is it appropriate to demand honest answers sooner than later?

Or should we avoid speculation and wait several years to see if an "official report" is finally issued by the Bahamas several years from now? "

http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2013/06/articles/fires-1/what-caused-the-grandeur-of-the-seas-fire/
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« Reply #27 on: June 04, 2013, 02:41:38 PM »

"You're pulled out of your bed at 2:50 in the morning, thinking it's a drill, but it's really not. You open the door, and then you smell smoke down the hall. Then, you stand on deck for four hours. They line you all up in groups of five, then they lowered the life boats. I was thinking it was Titanic all the way," said passenger Tim Rice."

http://www.wbaltv.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/passengers-of-charred-cruise-ship-return-to-baltimore/-/10131532/20341384/-/a8gl0t/-/index.html
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« Reply #28 on: June 06, 2013, 11:09:35 AM »

"Though the threat of imminent danger was gone, said Reis, they still had to stand in their station for four more hours while crews worked to ensure there were no further problems in any areas of the ship or passenger compartments.

They brought us water and let us use the bathroom (with an escort),” she said. “After a while we were allowed to go back to our cabins. It was then we smelled the smoke - acrid, like something electrical had burned - and that was from the third deck.”

http://www.stardem.com/news/local_news/article_c58193f2-cde9-11e2-9566-001a4bcf887a.html
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« Reply #29 on: June 11, 2013, 04:16:24 PM »

"Royal Caribbean tried to make things as comfortable for all of us," she said. "We were also extremely lucky that, unlike Triumph, we never lost navigation or critical systems. The Royal Caribbean executives flew to Freeport with additional support personnel and were visible to us."

She said they worked hard to keep the cruise running as close to normal as possible by providing hot meals and entertainment.

"Internet and phone calls were free so everyone could contact family and make travel arrangements, and all beverages, mini bar snacks, photos and such were free, too."

Once Royal Caribbean determined the damage too extensive to continue the cruise, passengers were given a total refund and free cruise vouchers.

"They chartered several large planes to get us all back to Baltimore so we could fly home," she said."

http://www.northfulton.com/Articles-NEWS-c-2013-06-10-199204.114126-sub-Milton-residents-on-cruise-ship-that-caught-fire.html
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