December 24, 2014
(5:56 a.m. EST) -- Crew and passengers are safe after a fire broke out onboard Costa Cruises' Costa neoClassica in the Red Sea, yesterday (December 23).
The fire broke out in the funnel of the ship but was quickly extinguished by ship personnel, according to a statement from Costa Cruises.
During the incident no onboard services were stopped and the ship reached its destination port in Aqaba, where it is now berthed.
It is not clear whether the cruise -- a 25-day Indian Ocean itinerary -- will need to be abandoned.
A statement from Costa said: "Proper investigations on root causes are in progress and situation is normal. According to the assessments now being performed, operations of the ship will be modified if needed."
Costa neoClassica was renamed just days ago following a £28m refurbishment.
--by Jasmine Shaddock, Cruise Critic Contributor