Safari Spirit cruise canceled after fire in port

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A fire broke out early on April 27 aboard the Safari Spirit, a 12-passenger yacht operated by American Safari Cruises.

No passengers were on the ship, which was docked at Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle, undergoing general maintenance in advance of its summer cruising season in Alaska.

The extent of damage is unknown, although the company indicated the yacht would not operate its first cruise, slated for May 11.

CEO Dan Blanchard and one engineer were on the ship when the fire started at around 1 a.m. Both disembarked the yacht without injury.

“I was asleep in a stateroom when I heard popping noises. I quickly exited to the outside deck and woke up the engineer/mate sleeping on board. We were both able to find our way safely to the dock and firefighters responded quickly,” said Blanchard.

An investigation is under way.

Follow Donna Tunney on Twitter @dttravelweekly.

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