Coast Guard Responds to Royal Carribean Cruise Ship Fire Off Florida Coast

Posted in Florida Maritime News,Maritime Accidents,US Coast Guard (USCG) on May 30, 2013

MIAMI, FL. — According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the cruise ship, Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas, was on its way to Coco Cay, Bahamas, when a fire broke out aboard the ship on Monday, May 27, off the Florida coast.

Fire broke out aboard the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship on May 27, 2013 about 35 nautical miles northwest of West End, Bahamas. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard.

The incident took place at around 3 a.m. Monday morning, May 27, about 35 nautical miles northwest of West End, Bahamas. The ship was carrying 2,224 passengers and 796 crew en route to CoCoCay, Bahamas. There were no reports of injuries aboard the ship.

The fire reportedly began on the third deck of the aft mooring area of the ship and spread to the fourth deck crew lounge area. At around 5 a.m., the fire was reported to have been extinguished by the ship’s fire response crew.

The Coast Guard said ithe incident was categorized as a “Class A” fire, which means it broke out in solid combustible materials such as wood or plastic and did not involve fuel or other flammable liquids.

According to CNN, Royal Caribbean cancelled the rest of the cruise Monday afternoon and the passengers were to be flown back to Baltimore from Freeport.

Blog post by Florida maritime lawyer, Gordon, Elias & Seely.