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Old March 23rd, 2006, 10:47 AM
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Fire In The Cabins On 'Star Princess' Cruise Ship
Family Of Passengers Can Call 1-800-693-7222

(CBS4 News) BETWEEN GRAND CAYMAN & MONTEGO BAY More trouble on another South Florida based cruise ship.

According to a statement released by Princess Cruises, a fire broke out on their luxury ship ‚ÄúStar Princess‚Ä? shortly after 3:00 a.m. Thursday as the ship was sailing from Grand Cayman to Montego Bay Jamaica.

The fire broke out in the passenger accommodations and spread to adjacent cabins, according to the company statement.

Passengers were immediately notified of the fire using the public address system and were asked to report to their muster stations. Every single passenger on a cruise ship is assigned a muster station, which is another term for emergency station, where passengers can be evacuated onto a lifeboat if needed.

Cruise ship officials are now completing a full passenger check to account for all passengers and crew.

The fire is now out; however, there is residual smoke throughout the ship.

The cause of the fire 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 at this point.

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.

A special number has been set up for inquiries from immediate family of passengers who are currently onboard: 1-800-693-7222.
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 10:56 AM
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I'm very sad to report this...

1 dead, 11 hurt in cruise ship fire
Blaze started in cabin, spread to other rooms during Caribbean trip

Updated: 10:53 a.m. ET March 23, 2006
MIAMI - A person was killed and 11 injured when a fire broke out on a cruise ship in the Caribbean early Thursday, a cruise line executive said.

The Star Princess was en route from Grand Cayman to Jamaica when the blaze started in a cabin and then spread to other rooms, according to a statement from Princess Cruises, which is owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp.

Carnival Corp. Chief Financial Officer Gerald Cahill confirmed the fatality and injuries during a conference call.
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Yikes! First the crash then the fire.

We sail out of Ft. Lauderdale on the 2nd.

Safe sailing to all!
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how awful. First the crash in Chile and now the fire......let's keep all of the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers.
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Our prayers go out to the families and friends of those who were killed or injured in these tragedies.
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Very sad, it makes you realize how important those muster drills are and that they do have them for a reason. My heart and prayers go out to all those injured and the families of those that lost their lives. Danger is inherent in the world around us and our lives can end at any time. It is firghtening to think that what starts out to be the vacation of a lifetime can end in tragedy. We can never really understand why these kinds of things happen.
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WOW.. the fire srtarted in one of the cabins. I wonder if someone was smoking and fell asleep. Hey it's happeed before. Anyone have any info on this ?
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Associated Press is now reporting it is suspected it started by a cigerette on a balcony....

Anybody else when the Paradise was a nonsmoking ship?!
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Prayers and thoughts going out for all. We do need to remember how important the drills are. For such a small amount of time of being inconvenienced well worth it. Last cruise just a few weeks ago, one lady came to our station and they asked her to please put on her vest and secure it, she waved her hand in their face and said I've done this 5 times, I know what I am doing. Another came so drunk she had no idea where she even was.
Maybe more will now take them seriously!!
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I know this opinion will infuriate the smokers but I will put it out there anyhow. Maybe this is a case for non smoking ships. Now smokers don't bash me it's just something to consider. There appears to be a movement to non smoking hotels etc.
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Crash??? Same ship same cruise period?
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The crash was in Chile. There was a bus carrying some passengers from a Celebrity Millenium cruise. This was a private tour operator-not part of or endorsed by the cruise line. The bus went over a cliff and down 260 ft. Most victims were Americans. There were only 4 or 5 survivors out of 20 or so. I believe this just happened yesterday.
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I can't picture how a cigarette could cause that kind of inferno from a balcony fire. There is nothing flammable on any balconies.

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Maybe there was clothing or towels or something left on the balcony, the cigarette was thrown down and lit something? Thats the only thing I can think of.
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