Cruise Returns to U.S. After Fire

    The fire-damaged exterior of Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship is seen while docked in Freeport, Grand Bahama island, Monday, May 27, 2013. Royal Caribbean said the fire occurred early Monday while on route from Baltimore to the Bahamas on the mooring area of deck 3 and was quickly extinguished. All 2,224 guests and 796 crew were safe and accounted for. (AP Photo/The Freeport News, Jenneva Russell)

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    It’s bad news for the cruise industry when a fire aboard a ship doesn’t seem as disastrous as what could have happened. The 2,200 passengers aboard a Royal Caribbean ship that caught fire on Monday are expected to fly back to the U.S. on Tuesday. A fire broke out at about 2:50 a.m. on the Grandeur of the Seas, which had left Baltimore for the Bahamas on Friday for a seven-night trip. Originally headed for CocoCay, Bahamas, the ship instead docked in Freeport, Bahamas, on Monday. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire. Royal Caribbean said all passengers had been accounted for, and they will all receive a full refund and a certificate for a future cruise.

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