Friday, September 30, 2011

Star Princess

Star Princess, cruise ship, LivornoThe 290 meter “Star Princess” was built in 2002 by Fincantieri in Monfalcone, Italy. A cigarette left burning on a balcony almost destroyed this ship in 2006, while en route from Grand Cayman to Montego Bay, after departing Fort Lauderdale.Star Princess, cruise ship, LivornoThe fire caused scorching damage in up to 150 cabins, and smoke damage in at least 100. A passenger died and thirteen others suffered from significant smoke inhalation.Star Princess, cruise ship, LivornoThe ship was repaired and refitted at the Lloyd Werft shipyards in Bremerhaven, sprinklers were added to all balconies and the plastic furniture was replaced with non-combustible alternatives.

See also: Star Princess (Wikipedia)

15 comments:

Farmchick said...

I would like to take a trip on this vessel. What a beautiful ship.

Dianne said...

A magnificent ship - it's hard to imagine the damage one cigarette but could cause!

Jack said...

The top photo makes a handsome repetitive pattern of shape and color. And, your bottom photo is marvelously composed. It could be used in advertisements for the shipyard.

Luis Gomez said...

These images are amazing VP. Love the contrast. Thanks for the info.

Gunn said...

Your text gave me a flash back to what happened to " Scandinavian Star".....
Anyway, a very big ship.
I have only been on one from Oslo to Kiel, so I guess to be a passenger here for a week or two must be different. Have you been on one ?
- Have a nice weekend!

Randy said...

That is one big ship. Nice shots and interesting post.

Dina said...

A sad and scary story but a good impetus to making safety improvements.

That last photo is awesome!

brattcat said...

what a fabulous final image you leave us with today.

Halcyon said...

Interesting history of this ship. I also like the last image, those clouds could be mistaken for smoke!

Virginia said...

Love the repeating patterns in the top one. That is quite a story. So sad!
V

Arianna said...

Un incidente assurdo per una nave da crociera...fotograficamente parlando, interessante la geometria nella prima foto! Ciao, Arianna

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Hard to imagine one cigarette butt could even make an impact on such a huge vessel. Last shot is very impressive VP.

joo said...

She is beautiful! Hope no one will leave the cigarette this time!

JM said...

WOW at the top shot! I thought it was a building... :-)

Kaori said...

The close up shots of the windows are fabulous! What a grand ship!