It has come as no surprise that Royal Caribbean had to cancel the remainder of their May 24 cruise onboard the Grandeur of the Seas, due to the fire that broke out. While this is terrible news for those who were enjoying their cruise, it was the obvious decision, and at least passengers will get a full refund, along with a free future cruise.
That’s not the only bad news though, as future Grandeur of the Seas sailings are also in doubt following the news that RCI has also cancelled the May 31 sailing as well. However, those who had booked will also get a full refund, but just 50 percent off a future sailing.
The Grandeur of the Seas fire was said to have started at 2:50 am local time while in the Bahamas, and took about two hours to extinguish. Thankfully, she was still able to limp back to port under her own power, unlike what has happened on past Carnival cruises. The reason for this was because the Grandeur of the Seas never lost her power, and this should be a thing of the past with Carnival Cruises, as they are to introduce a host of new safety measures, such as improved back-up generators.
No injuries were reported, which must have been due to the location of the fire, which was at mooring area of deck 3, although the damage did affect other areas. There was some smoke and water damage to several cabins, so the crew onboard must have done a fantastic job to ensure the safety of passengers.
The RCI CEO is now in Freeport to talk to passengers, staff onboard Grandeur of the Seas, and to also inspect the damage of the ship to get a better idea of just how bad it is. We also have to admire how Royal Caribbean has reacted fast to get passengers of the stricken Grandeur of the Seas back home.