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Fire on Star Princess kills one, injures others.

Fire on Star Princess kills one, injures others.

Mar 23rd, 2006, 07:33 AM
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Fire on Star Princess kills one, injures others.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/n...eshipfire.html

I hope the blaze wasn't caused by careless smoking.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 07:43 AM
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According to MSN, the death was due to a heart attack.Other injuries involved heavy smoke inhalation.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 08:56 AM
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I imagine that this was incredibly scary for everyone on the ship once it was obvious what was going on. I can't imagine how much worse it would have been had it started on a "day at sea"
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 09:06 AM
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Oops...read a quick blurb and immediately jumped to Fodor's- I thought the ship was docked when it happened. I imagine it was terrifying being out on the water on a ship (that looks pretty burned from the pic I saw on second news clip) Glad the crew is obviously trained to handle situations like these. Must have been pretty scary..I wonder how close they were between the islands..I'm sure more news will follow.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 10:35 AM
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Here's a photo of the damage:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11975460/

2 deadly tragedies in 2 days.

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Mar 23rd, 2006, 10:45 AM
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Yep, it was caused by a cigarette. Tobacco has claimed too many innocent victims in many ways.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 11:27 AM
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Can you imagine how you would feel if you realize you had caused all that destruction? It's my understand that you aren't even allowed to smoke in your cabin is this true?
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 11:45 AM
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Kath,
I was on a sister ship last month and have cruised 12 times. People smoke in their cabins all the time! And they also smoke on their balconies and it blows into your room if the door is open. Smokers in cars have a higher number of wrecks. Smokers cause more hotel and apartment fires. Why do we continue to allow it? Good to know some hotels are banning it, hope the cruise ship industry will WAKE UP.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 11:52 AM
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Interesting. I was just under the impression that cabins on cruise ships were all non-smoking.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 07:09 PM
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EEEKKK!!! I am supposed to sail on the Star Princess April 2, do any of you have ideas on what to do??? We have a group of 11 families -37 traveling together with our graduating seniors -
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 09:01 PM
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CPN,So sorry to hear that!
Contact whoever you booked it with immediately. Looking at the damage, I can't imagine that the ship would be able to be ready to go in the next few weeks...Generally, you will either be offered full refund (plus possible future credits) or perhaps the line will be able to offer you another sailing during the same week. One of the factors that you need to keep in mind is your air accomodations-if you booked seperately from the cruiseline, you're looking at a second piece of the puzzle that would have to be switched-no doubt with penalties! Good luck!
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Mar 24th, 2006, 06:01 AM
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There is no way they could rebuild 100 cabins in a week.But best of luck, CPN.
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Mar 24th, 2006, 07:08 AM
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It's just not the re-building of the 100+ cabins, I am certain that there is plenty of structural damage, from the heat of the flames, throughout that entire side of the ship. This is a major job and expect the ship to be out of commission for a few months.
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Mar 24th, 2006, 07:30 AM
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I hope one lesson we all learn from this is that those life-boat drills should be taken seriously.

I'm sure that the captain came very close to an "abandon ship" order after seeing the massive area of the ship affected.

It also appears that the lifeboats on one side of the ship could not have been used, which would have been a real disaster.

Thank goodness that the crew got it under control. They are all heros in my book.
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Mar 24th, 2006, 10:11 AM
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I sailed on this ship last year. I noticed lots of people smoked on their balconies. In the MSN report it said the deceased man was smoking on his balcony and his cigarette started the entire mess.

Almost everything is plastic- I bet it's going to be a long time fixing.
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Mar 24th, 2006, 10:15 AM
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CPN call your TA asap, if you cant reach them contact Princess. Good luck and I'm sorry
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Mar 24th, 2006, 12:27 PM
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I have never cruised, but I assumed that the rooms had sprinkler systems similar to hotels. I guess this isn't the case. Can anyone comment on the fire safety systems on a typical cruise ship. The photos of the damage are pretty scary.
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Mar 24th, 2006, 01:04 PM
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The problem was that the fire apparently started on a balcony and was wind driven. There are no sprinklers out there! Princess has done a great job handling this, IMO.
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Mar 24th, 2006, 04:08 PM
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Luv2fly thanks for the link - it really helps to explain why the fire spread so fast.
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