Norwegian PearlHere at Cruise Law News, we try to stay on top of "everything the cruise lines don’t want you to know." Sometimes, for various reasons, we don’t hear of significant events, such as cruise ship fires.  

A reader on our Facebook page brought to our attention that we missed reporting about a fire which occurred during a recent cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl.  

Sure enough, there was a fire which was obscurely mentioned in a cruise critic review

The fire occurred on the third night of the cruise (November 5, 20150) around 8 PM.  The Captain announced that there was a fire and they were trying to contain it and not be alarmed at the black smoke coming from the ship’s stacks. "We also heard from one of the crew’s walkie talkies that they called for a medical team twice. About 2 1/2 hour later, around 10:30 PM we were told we could proceed back to our aft cabin, and were also told the A/C was shut down because of the smoke and would take a while before they could restart it for many of the cabins. Also, there was a very heavy smell of diesel fuel in the hallways and in our Suite."

Fairplay recently published an article about the "continuing string of cruise ship engine room fires" aboard: (1) Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas (October) while sailing to Greece (2) Carnival Liberty (September) while at dock in St Thomas (3) Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas (July) before it arrived in Falmouth, Jamaica (4) P&O’s Oriana (April) after leaving Miami, Florida (5) Fred Olsen’s Boudicca (January) Casablanca, Morocco (6) Oceania Cruises’ Insignia St. Lucia (December). 

Photo Credit: Norwegian Pearl by Visitor7.  Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

  • Stefano

    Reason number one is that current regulations force to run ships engine with Marine Diesel Oil, no so different from the normal gasoline yo can purchase for your car, this of course brings a lot higher risk due to the very low ignition temperature.

    Any company enhanced the security and safety on board the ships especially in the cruise business, procedures have been made to tight that fail is almost impossible even so mechanical failures can happen with no notice .

    Cruise environment is working hard to reduce emissions but until they will need to run Diesel Oil to run the engine there will always be an higher risk of fire.

    Any person with a bit of analytical skill might be able to count how many accidents there have been in the latest period and or how did the trend change since the regulation have been changed .

  • francois clermont

    it is clear there is a problem with breaker electrical coordination , one propulsion breaker tripping must not trip other breakers , Ficantieri must revised the compartmentalization of generator and main switchboard , the choice of having generators at 10 KV is hazardous any fault or fire can burn the switchboard completely.