BALTIMORE — A fire that broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean ship Monday did enough damage that the rest of the cruise was canceled and company said the more than 2,200 passengers aboard will be flown from the Bahamas back to Baltimore.
The fire that began at 2:50 a.m. Monday was extinguished about two hours later with no injuries reported. A cause wasn’t immediately known.
Royal Caribbean said in a series of tweets that executives have met with passengers and that the cruise line is arranging flights for all 2,224 guests on Tuesday. It said passengers will receive a full refund of their fare and a certificate for a future cruise.
Royal Caribbean said in a statement on its website that most public areas and staterooms were safe and power, propulsion and communications systems worked without interruption. Photos show a substantial area on one end of the ship burned on several decks.
The ship had sailed from Baltimore on Friday and arrived in Freeport, Bahamas, Monday afternoon. It had been planned to be a seven-night cruise.