A recent fire that broke out on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship off the coast of Florida left many passengers injured, and just plain terrified. Fortunately, the incident that broke out on the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas resulted in no major life-threatening injuries. However, passengers were left traumatized.
The fire apparently broke out at the back of the vessel, and was extinguished in about two hours by crews. The cruise operator has not confirmed the cause of the fire which caused severe damage to at least four decks of the vessel.
According to passengers, they received a call to the muster stations early in the morning, and not surprisingly, hearing that call triggered panic around the vessel. Once they reached their lifeboats, they were made to wait for several hours as the lifeboats were opened.
During this period of time, many of the passengers were severely sick from the stress. Other people were vomiting and there were several reports of high blood pressure reported from around the vessel. There was at least one ankle sprain injury reported during this time. The passengers were then flown to of Baltimore, and the rest of the journey was canceled.
This incident is one in a recent series of adverse incidents on cruise ships that have worried cruise ship injury lawyers, shaken passenger faith in the cruise industry and boosted calls for safety measures on these vessels. Earlier this year, another Carnival ship lost all power, and was left floating in the Gulf Of Mexico. Then in February, there was a fire in the engine room of the Carnival Triumph in which essential services lost power, leading to shortage of running water and shortages of food on board.
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