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Old 05-27-2013, 04:47 PM
 
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Thank you, Dave, for the information. I, too, look here first for info and updates. From interviews I have heard from ireporters in Freeport, it sounds like RCCL handled things very well and that the crew was fantastic.

I'll be anxious to hear a report from Sonny V, too.

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Sonny gave me permission to repost his e-mail to me. Here it is:

Hi Dave,

At 2:40 am I was awakened with an announcement to head to your muster station and that there was a fire on deck 3 aft. My JS is on deck 7 corner aft, and when I opened my balcony door I got a dose of black smoke smelling like burning plastic. I closed the door and started to look for my sandals, shorts, and T-shirt in the dark because the power was off. With in a minute or two the staff was pounding on our cabin door telling us to evacuate. The announcements continued every 30 seconds over the loudspeakers. We could not go to our original station because it was too far to the aft where the fire was, so they directed us to the Theater. We were sitting down with our life jackets on by 2:50am.

Every 10 minutes the Captain would give us an update on the progress of extinguishing the fire. We all knew the fire had expanded to the 4th floor and that the life boats were in position for passengers to evacuate. The crew was calm and very professional. The passengers were outstanding - no one was making any kind of scene. After about 2 1/2 hours we were told that the fire was extinguished but we had to stay put until they were sure there was no hot spots that might flare up. At 7:00 am we were told we could go back to our cabins except for the aft cabins; those passengers could go to the Windjammer or the Park Cafe.

They just made an announcement that we are going to be flown to Baltimore tomorrow, and that we are going to be refunding the total cost of the cruise fare.


(Note from me: it is common in a fire to secure electricity in areas near the scene so as to not endanger the firefighting teams. Hence Sonny mentioning his cabin had no power. The ship never lost power, they just cut it off in certain areas of the ship)
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The May 31 sailing of Grandeur has been cancelled. Guests will receive a 100% refund plus a future cruise credit of 50%.
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Thanks Dave, for those posts, and relaying that Sonny is okay. I'm glad that at least he was able to sit down at the relocated muster station for him, as standing from roughly 3:00 am to 7:00 am would be a bit tiresome for me. I'm not sure if I would be able to stand for that amount of time straight through.
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I think they relaxed things a bit at the outside muster stations and people were not made to stand in formation all that time, but still there aren't many places to sit comfortably out there. How that was handled will likely be a "lessons learned" as we call it in the nuclear power industry.
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Thanks Dave......always great and on top of things. Glad Sonny is doing well.
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RCI has 25 guests who are either afraid to fly or don't want to do so for whatever reason. They are going to have to take a ferry from Freeport to Florida, and then a bus or train to Baltimore. Two days on a Greyhound bus ought to be enough to cure anyone of an irrational fear.
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That they've chosen to travel by sea rather than by air would indicate that they haven't been put off by being on a cruising vessel after their experience.
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I just looked at the high-speed ferry service and they are sold out of seats for today and tomorrow. I can't imagine they had 25 open spots. Plus, the ferry to Fort Lauderdale only runs in the evening - 6pm departure and arrives at 9pm. I guess there are other ferries.
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RCI has 25 guests who are either afraid to fly or don't want to do so for whatever reason. They are going to have to take a ferry from Freeport to Florida, and then a bus or train to Baltimore. Two days on a Greyhound bus ought to be enough to cure anyone of an irrational fear.
Yes, that will be a long bus / train ride. I remember back when my college (Monmouth University in NJ) had an NCAA Men's basketball tourney bid, they had to go to Orlando. I was talking with the Athletics Director, and they thought it would be a 24 hour bus ride down there if they did a fan bus.
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