A fire broke out on the Zenith, a former Celebrity Cruises ship, while it was docked in Stockholm. The Zenith now sails for Celebrity's Spanish sister brand, Pullmantur Cruises.
A Swedish English-language newspaper, The Local, reported that the ship's crew along with local emergency services brought the fire under control soon after it broke out on Tuesday afternoon in Stockholm’s port of Frihamnen.
Two passengers among the 1,600 onboard were being treated for smoke inhalation, The Local said, adding that eyewitnesses reported seeing some passengers jump into the water to escape the fire.
Aftonbladet, Sweden’s largest newspaper, said that 650 passengers were onboard the ship and evacuated at the time of the fire. The rest of the 1,600 passengers, mostly from Spain, were sightseeing in Stockholm.
According the the report, heavy smoke was visible from several of the ship’s decks when the fire alarm sounded at 2:37 p.m. local time while the vessel was docked.
When the local fire department arrived, the passenger evacuation was in effect. The Aftondbladet report said that passengers were being lowered into the water on lifeboats as well as carried off on stretchers.
The cause of the fire was unknown, according to the report, but it was thought to have started in a lower deck storage area.
Two crew members were were being treated for smoke inhalation and were sent to the hospital, Aftonbladet said.
The Zenith transferred to Pullmantur when Celebrity's parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., bought the Spanish cruise line in 2007.
The Zenith was swapped for Pullmantur's former ship, the Blue Dream, which was used to launch Azamara Cruises.
Information from Swedish newspaper Aftonbldet was added to update the report.