Update: German Cruise Ship Catches Fire; 607 Evacuated

May 24, 2010
MS Deutschland Update, 11:30 a.m. EDT: According to Seatrade's Cruise Community, Deutschland's next sailing -- a March 25 - June 7 voyage from Hamburg -- has been canceled. Deilmann representatives have not yet responded to requests for further details. The report also says the ship will be towed to Bergen today, where the extent of the damage will be assessed. The Washington Post (via the Associated Press) says that affected passengers from the ship's current sailing have been staying at a local hotel and will be flown back to Hamburg today. We'll keep you posted.

(May 23, 2010, 11:30 a.m. EDT) -- A machine room fire on Peter Deilmann Cruises' Deutschland necessitated the evacuation of 607 people in western Norway early Sunday, according to the Washington Post.

Reports say that, although the fire was contained in the machine room, heat spread throughout the vessel. All 364 passengers, 241 crewmembers and two Norwegian ship pilots all got off the ship safely; no injuries were reported. Those evacuated have been taken to a nearby hotel in the meantime.

Efforts to reach a Deilmann representative for comment were not immediately successful, and there is no word yet on whether the ship will be able to complete its current sailing -- a Norwegian Fjords voyage from Hamburg.

We'll keep you updated.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor

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