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The Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship. Photo: AP

The Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship. Photo: AP

The Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship. Photo: AP

A fire that broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean ship did enough damage that the rest of the cruise was cancelled

The company said the more than 2,200 passengers will be flown from the Bahamas back to the US where the trip began.

The fire that began at 2.50am yesterday was extinguished about two hours later with no injuries reported. A cause wasn't immediately known.

The Grandeur of the Seas, which left Baltimore on Friday, never lost power and was able to sail into port in Freeport, Bahamas.

It was the latest trouble for Carnival Corp, whose Triumph ship was disabled by an engine room fire during a February cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Thousands of passengers endured cold food, unsanitary conditions and power outages while the ship was towed to Alabama.

Royal Caribbean said on its website passengers will receive a full refund of their fare and a certificate for a future cruise.

Passenger Andrea Sanders of Washington, DC, said she slept on the deck with hundreds of other passengers as smoke billowed out of the stern of the ship. "I was terrified with it being my first cruise," she added.

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