Reports from Jamaica yesterday sounded dire. As Grand Princess sailed from Ochos Rios, residents reported seeing the ship engulfed in smoke and the local media ran with it. It should come as no surprise that Internet message boards were all a-buzz as well. In reality, what was reported as an unverified and mysterious fire, was an engine problem. Smoke was being vented through the funnel, which caused alarm ashore and online.
Grand Princess sailed to her next scheduled port of call at reduced speed. While they arrived the next day a bit late in Grand Cayman, neither the vessel nor passengers and crewmembers were in danger.
Full repairs will be completed between cruises when the ship returns to Fort Lauderdale.