SPOTD: Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas Catches on Fire

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Damage on the Royal Caribbean ship Grandeur of the Seas is pictured as the ship is docked in Freeport, Bahamas on Sunday, 27 May 2013.

A fire broke out on the ship’s aft mooring deck at around 0250 on Monday morning and was finally extinguished at 0458 EST.  All 2,224 passengers and 796 crew members are safe and accounted for, according to a statement by Royal Caribbean.

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Adam Goldstein (L), president and CEO of Royal Caribbean, and Anders Aasen of AVP Technical Services inspect some of the damage on deck six of the Grandeur of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean released the following statement to their facebook:

We have assessed the damage to Grandeur of the Seas and have made the decision to cancel the remainder of this voyage. We are currently arranging flights for all guests onboard to return to Baltimore, Maryland tomorrow. Guests on this sailing will receive a full refund of the cruise fare as well as a future cruise certificate. Information about upcoming sailings onboard Grandeur of the Seas will be posted as soon as it is available.