Thursday, March 23, 2006

CCL's Princess Cruises Also Suffers Fatality

Blackened Star Princess Sails into Mo Bay: At least one passenger has died in a fire aboard Princess Cruises' Star Princess in the Caribbean, parent Carnival Corporation reports. News of a fire aboard ship had spread early Thursday morning, but word of the fatality came during Carnival's corporate earnings conference call. The fire, according to CFO Gerald Cahill, was contained to a single area aboard the ship and eventually extinguished. Cahill made the statement during the conference, reporting the fire had caused "one passenger fatality," two cases of smoke inhalation and nine cases of "minor smoke inhalation." His news came during a detailed report on the publicly traded company's earnings. A Princess statement said the Star Princess, sailing from Grand Cayman to Montego Bay, Jamaica was "carrying a total of 2,690 passengers and 1,123 crew members." Cahill, speaking three hours after the Princess statement, said cause of the fire remained unknown, and that Carnival awaited more information from Princess officers.


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