The Calypso, a Louis Hellenic Cruises ship
with 700 people onboard, caught fire Saturday morning in the
English Channel, just hours after leaving the port of Tilbury in
The Calypso was en
route to St. Peter Port in Guernsey, a British island in the
Channel. There were no reported casualties.
out to the ship to fight the blaze. Passengers disembarked in
Southampton, England, where the Calypso was towed back to once the
fire was extinguished, said Nicholas Filippidis, director of
product development in North America for Louis Hellenic
The fire broke out
in the engine room of the ship, Filippidis said, adding that no
cause has yet been determined. Filippidis said the ship will likely
be out of service for one or two weeks for repair.
The important thing
is no one was injured and everything worked out well, said
He also said that
passengers scheduled to sail during the time the ship is being
repaired would be given refunds, but that no official announcement
has been made.
reporter Johanna Jainchill, send e-mail to [email protected].