Update, 1:45 p.m. EDT: According to cruisebusiness.com, the fire was extinguished by the ship's company and the Stockholm fire brigade by 4 p.m. local time. Earthtimes.org reports via German Press Agency dpa that the fire broke out during welding work, but we have not received any official word from Pullmantur at this time.
(10:23 a.m. EDT) -- A fire broke out today aboard Spain-based Pullmantur Cruises' Zenith while it was berthed in Stockholm, according to cruisebusiness.com, the Web site for trade publication Cruise Business Review.
Citing a story in Swedish paper Aftonbladet, cruisebusiness.com reports that two people were taken to the hospital after smoke inhalation. According to Aftonbladet, via cruisebusiness.com, emergency services received a call about the fire at 2:37 p.m. local time; it is estimated some 600 people were onboard at the time (the 47,255-ton vessel accommodates 1,440 passengers at double occupancy).
Spokespersons for Pullmantur and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (Pullmantur's parent company) did not have additional information to share at press time. Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez could not confirm, based on the preliminary details available, whether there was indeed a fire or just smoke.
Zenith formerly sailed for Celebrity Cruises; it was built for the line in 1992. Zenith left Celebrity in 2007 following Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s acquisition of Pullmantur, and joined the Spanish line's fleet after a major refurbishment.
We'll keep you posted.
--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor
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Swedish Reports: Fire on Pullmantur Cruise Ship in Stockholm
August 18, 2009