Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Catches Fire in Jamaica

A fire broke out on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship Wednesday as it approached Jamaica, burning one crew member and causing passengers to be sent to evacuation stations with life jackets, reports The Orlando Sentinel.


Royal Caribbean International said fire suppression equipment quickly doused the blaze in a mechanical area of the Freedom of the Seas as it arrived at the Miami-based company’s cruise ship port in the northern town of Falmouth.

“The fire was not very big, and none of the visitors had to be evacuated,” Jamaica Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill said.

Video taken from the Falmouth pier showed a plume of gray smoke billowing from a section of the towering 15-deck ship as it arrived at the $220 million port that opened in 2011.

The company said all passengers were accounted for and none were injured. One crew member was treated for a “minor first-degree burn” in the ship’s medical facility, company spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said.

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