A deep-fat fryer in the Windjammer galley on Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas caught fire early this morning and passengers received an earlier-than-expected wake-up call. The fire, which flared up at 4:47 a.m., was extinguished after about 20 minutes, and it did not spread beyond the galley.  But the captain, says a spokesman, wanted to "err on the side of caution" and so the call-to-muster went out at 5 a.m. Passengers, who arrived at their pre-determined stations with lifejackets, basically just stood around for 24 minutes until the fire was firmly out.
Passengers on Majesty of the Seas will experience the "normal" Key West call on the itinerary; the ship, slated to return to Miami tomorrow, will depart on schedule. In the meantime, a dozen employees from Royal Caribbean's corporate headquarters in Miami have headed to Key West to assist with clean up. The damage, says the Royal Caribbean spokesman, is so confined to the galley area that there's no need to cancel the ship's next sailing, which departs Friday morning from Miami. The Windjammer will be closed, however, through mid-afternoon on Saturday.
In response to the shut-down of Windjammer, staffers on Majesty of the Seas have expanded dining hours in the Mikado and Maytime, the ship's two main restaurants, begun supplying snacks in the Blue Sky Lounge, and continue to serve pizza and round-the-clock coffee from a station on the Windjammer's outdoor seating area.