Caribbean cruise ship blazeHoliday makers sent home after fire on cruise ship

24 March 2006

More than 60 British holidaymakers are preparing to fly home from Jamaica after surviving a fire aboard the 110,000-tonne Star Princess cruise ship.

The ship was en route from Grand Cayman to Jamaica when the fire broke out yesterday. One American died of a heart attack while escaping the blaze and 11 other passengers were injured. There is speculation that a cigarette may have caused the fire.

The fire damaged around 100 cabins before it was put out and Star Princess's American owners, Carnival, decided to cancel the rest of the seven-night Caribbean cruise.

Carnival cancels next cruise from Florida

The company has also axed the ship's next cruise, which had been due to leave from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday.

Carnival UK Managing Director David Dingle said today: 'All those on board will get all their money back, while they will be able to put 25 per cent of what they paid towards a new cruise.

'The same deal will be available for those who were due to sail on the Star Princess on Sunday.

'The vessel is due to make four more weekly Western Caribbean sailings in April and no decision on these voyages has yet been made. It's still too early to say what caused the fire or how long it will be before the vessel is back in service.'