LAKE WORTH, Fla. - A fire onboard has caused serious damage to a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, forcing the company to cancel the rest of the voyage.
Royal Caribbean posted the following update on the Grandeur of the Seas on Facebook announcing the cancelation on Monday afternoon:
We have assessed the damage to Grandeur of the Seas and have made the decision to cancel the remainder of this voyage. We are currently arranging flights for all guests onboard to return to Baltimore, Maryland tomorrow. Guests on this sailing will receive a full refund of the cruise fare as well as a future cruise certificate. Information about upcoming sailings onboard Grandeur of the Seas will be posted as soon as it is available.
The ship is currently docked at Freeport, Bahamas.
The call about the fire came into the Lake Worth Coast Guard at 2:52 a.m. Grandeur of the Seas reported a Class A fire, meaning the items on fire were wood or other combustible materials.
Units responded and accounted for all passengers and crew members.
The fire was contained to Deck 3 of the ship and was eventually extinguished. Pictures tweeted out by Royal Caribbean's Public Relations staff shows serious damage to the rear of the ship.
According to the Royal Caribbean website, Grandeur of the Seas is "newly renovated" and the section of the ship that was damaged is the dinning room and lounge.
There were no casualties or injuries reported as a result of the fire. A number of cabins were affected by the fire and Royal Caribbean originally said guests staying in those rooms would be put up in hotels.
An earlier press statement from Royal Caribbean stated:
In an abundance of caution, the Captain deemed it necessary to muster all guests at their assembly stations. All 2,224 guests and 796 crew have been accounted for, and there have been no injuries of guests or crew reported. The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority, and we will continue to focus on their needs and concerns. Grandeur of the Seas was enroute to CocoCay, Bahamas, but is currently heading to Freeport, Bahamas, for further evaluation. The ship is in calm seas, and has full power.
The Carnival Sensation was on standby to help the ship in case of evacuations.