A fire broke out on the Princess Cruises Star Princess luxury ship while sailing from Grand Cayman on route to Montego Bay Jamaica. The Star Princess fire broke out at approximately 3:10 a.m. local time on Thursday, March 23rd, 2005.
The ship's operator has stated that the fire began in a cabin in the passenger accommodations and spread to several other cabins nearby before being put out. The Star Princess crew used the public address system to immediately notify passengers to report to "muster stations" to await further instructions. Muster stations are emergency stations that cruise ship passengers are assigned to go to be evacuated by lifeboat if necessary. One person has been killed and 11 others have reported injuries as a result of the Star Princess cabin fire.
The Star Princess was on a week long cruise which began in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 19th. The ship was sailing on a Caribbean voyage including stops at ports of call in Grand Cayman, Montego Bay Cozumel and Princess Cays. There Star Princess was carrying 1,123 crew members and 2,690 passengers onboard. The Star Princess is a Princess Cruises vessel which is owned by the Carnival Corp.