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Cruise ship returns to Seattle after fire in boiler room

Westerdam passengers enjoy Glacier Bay, July 2012
Westerdam passengers enjoy Glacier Bay, July 2012
Lisa R. Plotnick and

The Holland America Line ship ms Westerdam is being inspected after a boiler room fire necessitated its return to Seattle, Washington, the cruise's starting point. According to Q13 Fox News, the ship was one hour into a cruise to Alaska on the afternoon of Saturday, June 28 when a small fire broke out in the boiler room. The fire was extinguished by crew and the ship returned to Seattle's Pier 91 with the assistance of tugboats. The U.S. Coast Guard will examine the ship to determine if the cruise may resume.

Holland America Line confirmed in a statement that all of the 2,086 passengers and 798 crew members were safe and remain onboard the vessel and that shipboard services were operating normally. The statement reads, in part, ‘Out of an abundance of caution and in coordination with the United States Coast Guard the ship has returned to Seattle. The ship is fully operational and there has been no impact on guest services. It is anticipated that the ship will depart again once the assessments are competed and continue her voyage to Alaska.”

According to Holland America Line, Westerdam was on its usual summer itinerary, a seven-night round-trip cruise from Seattle to Juneau, Glacier Bay, Sitka, and Ketchikan, Alaska, and Victoria, British Columbia. The ship, which debuted in 2004, measures 82,348 gross tons and 936 feet long and has a passenger capacity of 1,916 double-occupancy and 2,504 with all berths filled.

Additional information will be provided by Holland America Line as this story develops.