Cruise passengers evacuated to Mexican port

| 18/04/2011

(USA Today): A fire in a generator knocked out power to a cruise ship sailing off the Mexican coast over the weekend, forcing the evacuation of nearly 750 passengers and crew. The Associated Press reports 522 passengers and 226 crew members aboard the Ocean Star Pacific on Saturday were evacuated by catamaran to the port of Huatulco on Mexico’s West Coast. The Ocean Star Pacific is a nearly 40-year-old ship originally built for Royal Caribbean as the Nordic Prince that just began sailing for Ocean Star Cruises, a new line based in Mexico.

It was on its second voyage for the line, according to industry watcher Seatrade Insider which quotes an executive at the company as saying it was a "small, small fire."

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