February 27, 2003
Royal Caribbean's 3,114-passenger Explorer of the Seas caught fire early Thursday morning. The fire, which damaged the ship's inline skating and miniature golf areas on one of its top-most decks, reportedly broke out around 3 a.m. according to passengers onboard. It was put out by 3:23 a.m. There was no other obvious damage and passengers were not required to muster. The ship continues to steam its way through the Eastern Caribbean, where it is due to dock in Miami, as scheduled, on Saturday. The damaged area, which also includes the top portion of the kids' water slide, remains closed to passengers. Crews will board the ship on Saturday to make repairs and a Royal Caribbean spokesman anticipates these areas will be off-limits to passengers on Saturday's voyage for most, if not all, of the weekly cruise.