Princess Cruises cancelled the April 3
voyage of the fire-damaged Star Princess, saying in a statement
that additional out of service time is required for the vessel.
About 100 cabins were
damaged as a result of the fire, which broke out in the early
morning of March 23 as the ship sailed from Grand Cayman to
Jamaica. One person died following cardiac arrest; 11 people were
Passengers on the
cancelled cruise will receive a full refund, plus a future cruise
credit equal to 25% of the cruise fare.
Meanwhile, the U.K.s
Marine Accident Investigation Branch said it would lead the
investigation into the Star Princess fire at the invitation of
authorities from Bermuda, the vessels flag-state.
The U.K. agency said
its leading a team that includes authorities from the U.S. Coast
Guard, the National Transportation Safety Board and fire
investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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