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Thousands Of Cruise Ship Passengers Flown Back To Baltimore After Fire

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Passengers will be flown back to Baltimore starting today.
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Passengers will be flown back to Baltimore starting today.

More than 2,000 cruise ship passengers are on their way back to Baltimore following a fire on a Royal Caribbean ship yesterday.

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas left from Baltimore bound for the Bahamas last week, but the company says a fire that broke out aboard a ship has forced it to cancel the rest of the cruise and that more than 2,000 passengers will be flown back to Baltimore.

The cruise line says the fire that began at 2:50 p.m. yesterday morning and 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 aboard the ship and arranged flights for all guests starting today. Passengers will receive a full refund of their fare and a certificate for a future cruise.

"Royal Caribbean International is deeply sorry for this unexpected development in our guests’ vacation. We understand that this may have been a very stressful time for them. And we also know that it has significantly impacted their vacation experience. We appreciate their patience and cooperation in dealing with this unfortunate situation," said the company in a statement.

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