October 22, 2015
(10:01 a.m. EDT) – All passengers and crew onboard Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas are safe after a small fire broke out in an engine room.
The fire, which occurred in one of the ship's two engine rooms, broke out while the ship was at sea around 8 a.m. October 22, en route to Argostoli, Greece. The ship's fire suppression system was activated, containing and extinguishing the fire.
Passengers on lower decks were evacuated in what the line called an "abundance of caution." All passengers have been released from muster and allowed back into their cabins.
Cruise Critic member swmer is onboard the Eastern Mediterranean cruise and reports that passengers on Deck 3 were ordered to their muster stations by cabin stewards. Other Cruise Critic members onboard reported Deck 2 passengers were also mustered. "This was purely precautionary as there was a smell of smoke in the passageway," swmer wrote. We didn't see any thick smoke but the smell was quite strong. Those on the upper decks did not have to muster."
Splendour of the Seas skipped its scheduled port of call at Argostoli and is en route to Venice. All systems are functioning, a cruise line spokeswoman said. The ship was nearing the end of a seven-night sailing that departed Venice on October 17. There is no word yet of if the ship's next sailing will be delayed.
--By Dori Saltzman, Editor