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BAHAMAS (AP/CBS 11) —Passengers on board Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd’s Grandeur of the Seas ship strapped on their life jackets today.

The cruise ship touring the Bahamas changed course and headed to port after a fire broke out early on Monday morning.

The fire on board the ship started on the aft mooring deck and was put out quickly by crews at 4:58 a.m., Royal Caribbean reported on Twitter.

Company representatives said all 2,224 passengers and 796 crew members were safe and accounted for after the fire. Two guests were treated for fainting, one for high blood pressure and another for cramps.

The ship was heading to CocoCay in the Bahamas before it had to divert course to Freeport, Bahamas for repairs and evaluation.

Some guests will remain in their staterooms, while others with rooms near the site of the fire will be put up in hotels.

Company executives were expected to meet with guests and crew members in Freeport.

The cruise ship industry has suffered from negative publicity arising from a string of incidents, including a norovirus outbreak on Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas ship in March.

Carnival Corp & Plc’s Costa Concordia ran aground last year and an engine-room fire in February left another Carnival ship stranded at sea for days.

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