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Laurel Woman on Board Cruise Ship that Caught Fire

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LAUREL, Del.- A Laurel woman was aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship that caught fire early Monday morning while sailing to the Bahamas. 

Alissa Elliott, and a group of friends from the University of Delaware, were on vacation to celebrate the end of the semester, but that vacation was cut short.

Elliott says the whole ordeal started with an early morning wake up call.

"Someone came and knocked on our door, it was one of our friends, and he was like, 'Just grab your life jackets, we need to go now.'  We were just like, we thought we had arrived in the port in the Bahamas and it's so dark in the interior rooms that we thought it was 9a.m. Turns out it wasn't 9 a.m., it was 2:45a.m.," said Elliot.

The ship caught fire in the rear and the flames started around the third and fourth deck.  Elliott, her friends, and the rest of the over 2,000 passengers, were taken through the safety protocols on board as the crews worked to extinguish the fire.

"It took them probably three hours, three to four hours, to get the fire out.  It was a while before they told us that it was extinguished and they told us that it was on decks three and four, that's all we knew; and we had people running by with hoses and things like that.  It was chaotic at times," said Elliott.

While part of the crew worked to put out the fire, other members prepared the life boats.

"This is real. This is not a joke because at that point when they started lowering that, you really realize that OK, there's a possibility that I'm not going to be on this boat in a couple minutes; and they ended up telling us it was just a precaution. They had it just in case we had to get off," Elliott said.

Elliott is convinced that it was the work of the crew and their composure that kept the situation from getting out of hand.

"I felt like the crew did an amazing job. The way that it turned out could have turned so differently if any of them had been panicking, if they didn't know what they were doing; and so, they were on top of their game."

All of the passengers had their entire trip refunded and also received a voucher that can be used towards a future cruise.

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