Cruise Ship Delayed Due to Fire Near Port of Palm Beach

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A cruise ship which is based out of the Port of Palm Beach, Florida was delayed today after a yacht was on fire nearby.

Port of Palm Beach Cruise Ship Delayed

The Grand Classica cruise ship is operated by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line was delayed today arriving back at Port of Palm Beach on the Florida east coast.

A fire had broken out from one of the 125-foot yachts at the nearby Boat Yard in Riviera Beach early on Tuesday morning. According to local news, large flames were raging from the yacht causing toxic smoke to impact the entire area including the cruise dock.

As a result, the Grand Classica cruise ship had to stay away from docking at Port of Palm Beach causing the disembarkation of around 600 passengers to be delayed. the ship was originally scheduled to arrive at 8:00 AM.

The U.S. Coast Guard did eventually let the Bahamas Paradise vessel to enter the port and dock at around 10:45 AM. The next scheduled cruise will depart today as normal with no delay and a port official has stated it is safe for cargo and passenger operations.

No injuries have been reported which is also good to hear. However, the burning yacht is expected to continue into the night but fire crews do have it under control. No damage has occurred to nearby by boats or buildings apart from the smoke. It is not known what caused the fire and an investigation is apparently underway.

Grand Classica offers short sailing to the Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas and back usually lasting 2-nights. The ship is over 52,900 gross tons with a guest capacity of 650.

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