Updated: Grandeur of the Seas' next cruise canceled

By Tom Stieghorst

Grandeur fire damageRoyal 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.

The fire broke out at about 2:50 a.m. on the mooring deck in the aft section of the ship.

Passengers were summoned to muster stations. The fire was extinguished at 4:58 a.m with no injuries to the 2,224 passengers or 796 crew aboard.

The ship was bound for Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas, Coco Cay, but was redirected to Freeport after the fire for evaluation. It arrived in Freeport about 10:15 a.m on May 27, Royal Caribbean said.

Guests were allowed to return to most staterooms and public areas.

Royal Caribbean said its medical staff received calls for assistance for treatment of fainting, high blood pressure and an ankle sprain, but no emergencies were reported.

The fire did not interrupt propulsion, power or communications systems, Royal Caribbean said.

Royal Caribbean International CEO Adam Goldstein and a care team were en route to Freeport.

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.

The Grandeur sails from Baltimore and had departed on May 24 on a seven-day itinerary that included calls in Port Canaveral, Coco Cay and Nassau. The 13-year-old ship was refurbished last year.

A substantial fire on the mooring deck of the Carnival Ecstasy in 1998 was fueled by large mooring lines. A safety investigation said a welder's spark ignited lint in a duct that vented onto the mooring deck, leading to ignition of the lines.

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Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean. 

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