A cruise aboard the Regina Rheni ship out of Amsterdam saw an emergency evacuation last week as the ship caught fire while sailing on the Rhine River in Germany. The ship began filling with smoke around 3:00am and fire engines and crews floated out to aid the evacuation of the ship, which was right by Dusseldorf at the time. The 100+ passengers from the UK aboard the ship were sent to an emergency center in Dusseldorf, and 32 crewmembers had to be evacuated as well.
The cause of the fire, which blazed on until 6:30am allegedly began in the ship’s kitchen. A passenger aboard the ship said that the evacuation and notification of emergency was a “brilliant” and organized procedure, despite a little crying and confusion. Another commentator said that if the crew had not acted as efficiently as they did, there would have likely been fatalities from the cruise ship accident. The Regina Rheni is not the only ship to catch fire recently—about a month ago another Rhine cruise on the MS Gerard Schmitter underwent a fire that called for the evacuation of 154 passengers.
The cruise had just started and was headed for the Dutch port of Arhem. Reports have indicated that a replacement vessel was scheduled to pick up the passengers as they waited in Dusseldorf. The majority of passengers onboard were in their 50-60s and mostly hail from Britain.