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The Prinsendam fire kindles concern about safety at sea

"Every day is a day of joy aboard the M.S. Prinsendam. Six passenger decks are devoted to the luxurious vacation life you expect, with an ambience of intimacy and charm." So begins a lavish illustrated brochure touting the pleasures of cruising to Alaska and the Orient aboard the Holland America Line's gleaming 426-ft. Prinsendam. Notes the pamphlet: "Your Dutch officers are dedicated to making every moment memorable."

For 320 passengers and about 200 crew members, the final moments of the Prinsendam's latest cruise were all too...

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