Clark Howard (right) is one of about 2,000 passengers currently sailing on Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas. Early Thursday, a fire started in one of the ship’s engine rooms. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Atlanta’s Clark Howard aboard cruise ship with engine fire

There’s a good chance Atlanta’s most famous penny pincher will get a really good deal on his next cruise.

But first, he’d probably like to get off the one he’s on.

Consumer advocate Clark Howard, who can be heard locally on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB, is one of about 2,000 passengers currently sailing on Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas on a 7-night trip from Italy. Early Thursday, a fire started in one of the ship’s engine rooms, the cruise line posted on its Twitter page.

Using a WSB cellphone app, Howard was able to update his colleagues back in the radio newsroom — all while sailing in the Adriatic Sea.

“We had a severe engine fire that lasted just under two hours,” Howard said in the voice recording. “We were adrift at sea for a good while, and now we’re moving on less than half power.”

No injuries were reported from the fire, and the ship was continuing on to Greece, Royal Caribbean said in the Twitter statement.

“Ship is currently sailing to Argostoli and all systems are functioning,” the cruise line said.

No information was released on whether current passengers will be compensated for the disruption.

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