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Cruise Ship Catches Fire in Alaska

May 24, 2000

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ A fire aboard a cruise ship in Glacier Bay National Park burned for about 45 minutes Tuesday, causing extensive damage, Coast Guard and cruise line officials said.

The Nieuw Amsterdam was in the northwestern end of the bay when the fire was reported at about 9:40 a.m., Coast Guard Petty Officer Darrell Wilson said.

The blaze was confined to the crew’s quarters in the rear of the 704-foot vessel and extinguished after about 45 minutes, said Erik Elvejord, a spokesman for Seattle-based Holland America Line, which owns the ship.

Elvejord said 10 cabins needed to be repaired.

None of the ship’s 1,201 passengers and 566 crew members were injured, Elvejord said.

Some crewmembers will likely be displaced by damage to their cabins, but the cruise line planned to finish the ship’s voyage across the Gulf of Alaska to Seward.

The booming cruise ship business brings more than 500,000 passengers to Alaska’s waters annually.

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