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Royal Caribbean Cancels Sailings Following Grandeur of The Seas Fire

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May 29, 2013

Damage on the Royal Caribbean ship Grandeur of the Seas is pictured as the ship is docked in Freeport May 27, 2013. Photo credit: REUTERS/Vandyke Hepburn

Royal Caribbean announced Wednesday the cancelation of the Grandeur of The Seas next 6 sailings following a fire early Monday morning.

As gCaptain reported earlier, a fire broke out on the ship’s aft mooring deck at around 0250 Monday morning while sailing about 35 nautical miles northwest of West End, Bahamas. Crews extinguished the fire about two hours later but photos show significant damage to at least two decks.

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None of the 2,224 passengers and 796 crew sustained injuries and the ship was able dock at Freeport, Bahamas hours later.

Grandeur of the Seas was on a seven-night sailing cruise that departed Baltimore, Maryland, on May 24, and included port calls to Port Canaveral, Florida; CocoCay and Nassau, Bahamas.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by both the Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Royal Caribbean says the ship is expected to return to service on July 12 following repairs.

The company added that it expects a 10 cent reduction in earnings per share as a result of the incident, although it did not specify the period for which the forecast was made.

“The extent of the financial impact was relatively high because the affected sailings were during the premium summer season,” Chief Financial Officer Jason Liberty said in a statement.

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