After the Carnival Triumph debacle in February, 2013, maritime authorities, cruise lawyers, and cruise-goers alike have been paying closer attention to cruise ship fires and accidents involving cruise lines in general. Both authorities and the general public have been made aware that cruise lines don’t always reveal accurate accident statistics, which has led many to wonder just how many incidents have gone undocumented and unnoticed.
This brings us to a curious rumor involving a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Earlier this month, there were a number of reports alluding that there had been a minor fire aboard the Jewel of the Seas ship, which allegedly affected several areas on the vessel. According to online posts, the supposed fire broke out around 5:30 PM shortly after Jewel of the Seas left Bridgetown Barbados while on a 7-night Southern Caribbean itinerary. It was allegedly the result of a blown power breaker. Online accounts explained the fire was allegedly extinguished without any passenger or crew injuries.