Cruise Ship Fire: How Did Royal Caribbean Grandeur Of The Seas Catch Fire?

By iScience Times Staff on May 27, 2013 2:31 PM EDT

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A cruise ship fire broke out on Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Sea on Monday morning. Royal Caribbean Cruises also operates the largest cruise ship in the world, the Oasis of the Seas, pictured here. (Photo: Reuters)

A cruise ship fire broke out off the coast of Florida early Monday morning, NBC News reports. The Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas, a 916-long, 11-deck cruise ship, was headed for Coco Cay, Bahamas from Baltimore. Once the cruise ship fire erupted, the ship, coming from Baltimore, rerouted to Freeport, Bahamas.

According to WPTV, the Lake Worth Coast Guard received the distress signal regarding the cruise ship fire around 2:52 a.m. It was reported as a Class A fire, meaning the fire started among solid materials like wood and not flammable liquids. The fire raged for two hours before it was put out.

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While a few of the 2,224 passengers onboard the cruise ship were treated for things like fainting and high blood pressure, no serious injuries were reported, according to Gawker.

"All 2,224 guests and 796 crew have been accounted for, and there have been no injuries of guests or crew reported," Royal Caribbean said in a statement. "The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority, and we will continue to focus on their needs and concerns"

The cruise line also said that the ship has full power and is idling in calm seas.

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