updated 5/24/2010 9:30:15 AM ET 2010-05-24T13:30:15

A cruise ship made famous by a German "Love Boat" TV show caught fire Sunday, forcing 607 people aboard to evacuate in a western Norwegian port, rescue officials said.

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The fire started in the machine room but was quickly contained and put out by firefighters, rescue services spokesman Per Fjeld said.

The MS Deutschland's 364 passengers were evacuated safely to a nearby hotel along with most of the more than 240 crew members, though a few stayed onboard to help the firefighters, Fjeld said.

The passengers stayed overnight in hotels in Eidfjorden port before being flown Monday to Hamburg, where the cruise originated, said spokesman Hans-Ulrich Kossel of Peter Deilmann Cruises, which operates the Deutschland.

The ship will stay in the Norwegian port until the cause of the fire is determined.

It was not immediately clear how badly it was damaged. Hotel worker Borghild Vik said that at one point she saw large clouds of smoke rising from the ship.

The Deutschland was featured in the long-running German TV show "Das Traumschiff" — which is similar to the "The Love Boat" in the United States.

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