As the Freedom of the Seas cruise liner was approaching one of its destination ports in Jamaica on Wednesday morning, a fire was reported to have broken out in the mechanical section of the ship. Though no passengers are reported to have been injured, one crew member sustained first-degree burns during the incident.
Once the fire was discovered, the fire was contained and extinguished with the fire suppression system on board the vessel. In what is being termed as “an abundance of caution,” the captain ordered the ship’s passengers to their designated emergency stations soon after the fire was discovered.
When the Freedom of the Seas returns to port in the United States, the U.S. Coast Guard will inspect the cruise liner. The ship is owned and operated out of Miami by Royal Caribbean International.
A fire broke out in the engine room of Miami-based Oceania Cruises’ Insignia ship on December 11, resulting in the deaths of one crew member and two contractors, Cruise Hive reported.
The cruise ship fire occurred around 9:30 a.m. as crew members and contractors were working on this ship. Two other crew members were brought to the hospital with injuries.
Oceania Cruises president and COO Jason Montague, plus the cruise line’s support and technical personnel, remained in St. Lucia to make sure that guests were taken care of. Every guest was booked a complimentary flight back to Miami, received a full refund, and were granted credit towards a future cruise with the company.
The cruise ship was traveling on a 10-day trip that left San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 7 and was set to dock at a port in Miami on December 17.
The attorneys of the Louis A. Vucci, P.A., hope for the quick recovery of those injured and extend their condolences to the friends and family suffering during this difficult time.