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February 18, 2019

Princess Cruises’ private Bahamas port of call catches fire

January 29, 2019
Buildings at Princess Cays, a private Princess Cruises-run section of the Bahamas island of Eleuthera, caught fire Monday night. (YouTube)

Fire swept through a section of a private island in the Bahamas run by Princess Cruises Monday night, damaging several buildings including one that housed public restrooms.

There weren’t any guests at the time on Princess Cays, which is part of the island of Eleuthera, and no one was injured, a rep for Princess Cruises told the Daily News.

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“The fire encompassed several buildings on the south side of the island,” a rep for the cruise line said in a statement. “It was fought by local firefighters and island staff for approximately one hour before it was extinguished.”

The cause of the fire, which happened at around 11 p.m. local time, is still unknown.

“The safety of our employees and guests is our number one priority,” Princess Cruises, which is owned by Carnival Corporation, added. “Any impact to future Princess ship calls is currently being assessed.”

Princess Cays is described as host to “a private beach party on the island of Eleuthera” on Princess Cruises’ site.

“One hundred miles long and only two miles wide, Eleuthera offers unspoiled beaches,” the site states. “Our private resort at Princess Cays is situated on more than 40 acres and features over a half-mile of white-sand shoreline, all at the southern tip of the island.”

This part of the island paradise boasts an observation tower, beach barbecue, shops and a craft market, and activities like volleyball, snorkeling, kayaking, banana boat rides and more.

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