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Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:42 am

Fire breaks out on Princess cruise ship carrying 2,690 passengers headed to Montego Bay, Jamaica, cruise line and Coast Guard officials told CNN.

details to follow

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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:44 am

Fox News just reported at least one fatality.


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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:45 am

Jamaican authorities report one dead (CNN)
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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:48 am

I saw this earlier - didn't want to start anything until there were details. Anyone know which Princess Ship?

Princess has an extensive schedule in Alaska throughout the summer - wondering what kind of dent this will put in their cruise season here. One ship doesn't seem like much, but that ship will call here 15 times this summer.

I hope there are no more fatalities . . . and the ship isn't damaged too badly. Wonder if it's Sapphire Princess? I recall she burned at the shipyard during construction (originally named Diamond Princess I believe) and had to be virtually rebuilt from the keel up.
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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:54 am

It was the Star Princess.
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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:55 am

Here's the story from CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/23/ship.fire/index.html

Princess Cruises Link: Here's the ship - Star Princess is one of the "Grand Class" Princess ships.

http://www.princess.com/ships/tp/index.html
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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:56 am

the latest from www.princess.com/news
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3/23/2006
Statement on Star Princess


Issued 7:30 am PST

This morning at approximately 3:10 am local time, as Star Princess was en route from Grand Cayman to Montego Bay, a fire broke out in the passenger accommodations, and spread to adjacent cabins.

Passengers were immediately notified of the fire using the public address system and requested to report to their muster stations. We subsequently completed a full check to account for all passengers and crew.

We deeply regret having to confirm that there has been one passenger fatality following a cardiac arrest, two passengers with significant smoke inhalation injuries and nine passengers with minor complications resulting from smoke inhalation. The injured passengers have been stabilized in the ship's medical center.

The fire is fully out, however there is still residual smoke throughout the affected area. The cause of the fire at this time is unknown.

The ship is carrying a total of 2,690 passengers and 1,123 crew members.

A full damage assessment is being carried out now that the ship has arrived in Montego Bay.

Authorities were immediately contacted regarding the incident and we continue to work closely with all relevant parties.

Star Princess sailed from Fort Lauderdale on March 19 on a western Caribbean itinerary with calls at Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay and Princess Cays.
 
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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:24 am

Here's a photo of the damage. The ship doesn't appear to have sustained damage that will keep it from returning to service, but it's likely she'll be out of commission for awhile.


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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:46 am

I thought the ships had a sprinkler system?

That damage is very extensive.
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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:56 am

Damn  Wow!

I thought it took out only one or two staterooms from first impression, but that's almost a third of all the balcony staterooms on that side of the ship! That's terrible to hear about the death and smoke inhalation injuries, and from the look of it, it probably could have been even worse if the crew hadn't been as properly trained and prepared to take on something like this.

It's gonna be quite a while before I see the Star Princess back in service again here in Fort Lauderdale.
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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 3:09 am

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 6):
The cause of the fire at this time is unknown.



Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 6):
This morning at approximately 3:10 am local time, as Star Princess was en route from Grand Cayman to Montego Bay, a fire broke out in the passenger accommodations, and spread to adjacent cabins.

Anybody else thinks alcohol and cigarette smoking might have a play? At least it went reasonably well, with only one fatality and relatively few injuries.

Back in 1990, the ship Scandinavian Star caught on fire (arson) between Oslo, Norway and Fredrikshavn, Denmark. 158 people died with only a total of 99 crew and 383 passengers onboard.

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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 3:47 am

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 10):
cigarette smoking might have a play?

possible. I just quoted from the WEBsite of the shipping-company.
 
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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 7:37 am

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 11):
possible. I just quoted from the WEBsite of the shipping-company.

I know. I wasn't attacking you. I just came up with my theory on the fire.  flamed 
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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 7:45 am

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 12):
I know. I wasn't attacking you. I just came up with my theory on the fire.

Latest reports are indeed blaming cigarettes. I know there are fire supression systems, I wonder how it managed to spread so fast? From the looks of the pictures it was hot enough to melt/destroy three floors worth of rooms.

Not been a good season for the crusie industry has it?
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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:52 am

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 13):
I wonder how it managed to spread so fast?

If I'm not mistaken, I believe those balconies are lined with teak, and since they're all essentially connected, it wouldn't surprise me if this turns out to be a major contributor.
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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 10:25 am

I wasn't sure whether or not I had gotten this, but sure enough, I did:

http://img108.imageshack.us/img108/8793/starprincess8ua.jpg
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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 11:02 am

Those muster drills are very boring/annoying/uncomfortable, but after incidents like these occur (or that cruise ship off the coast of Somalia), I hope people realize they are for their own good.

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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 11:08 am

Quoting Aa757first (Reply 16):
Those muster drills are very boring/annoying/uncomfortable, but after incidents like these occur (or that cruise ship off the coast of Somalia), I hope people realize they are for their own good.

Absolutely. This is a perfect analogy for why it's also a good idea to pay attention to the flight attendant(s) during the safety briefing onboard an airliner.
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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 11:16 am

I spent 10 days on the Star Princess on a Baltic cruise in July. It is a fantastic ship, just like all other Princess ships. My cabin was on the exact opposite side of the fire. It was sad seeing this today. Hey, in a few months the Star Princess will be better than ever.

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RE: Fire On Princess Cruise Ship Carrying 2,690

Fri Mar 24, 2006 6:24 pm

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 13):
I wonder how it managed to spread so fast?

THIS is what I wonder as well, but as having only some experience with car-ferries on the English Channel but NONE on cruise-ships, I am possibly simply not sufficiently informed. The cruise-ship-companies possibly have to introduce a ban on smoking in cabins and balconies, in bars and restaurants, restricting smoking to designated smoking rooms.

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