May 25, 2003
An early morning explosion Sunday in a boiler room aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s S/S Norway has killed four crew members and injured at least 17 others, wire services are reporting. The explosion, which then caused a fire, occurred about 6:30 a.m. after the ship had returned, as scheduled, from its regular seven day Caribbean cruise and was docked at the Port of Miami. Some 50 fire and rescue units from the Miami area responded to the call. The fire has been extinguished and did not spread into passenger areas. No passengers were injured though they were required to report to muster stations. Ultimately they were allowed to disembark. The explosion and resulting fire are thought to have caused by a steam leak. There is no word, at this point, on the extent of the damage. An NCL spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for information Sunday morning though other sources told us that the May 25 cruise, slated to depart this afternoon, has definitely been cancelled. NCL is offering those passengers a full refund plus a cruise credit that's equal to their cruise-only fare. For more information contact NCL at 1-800-625-5672.