Grandeur of the Seas in Bahamas shipyard for repairs

By Tom Stieghorst
Royal Caribbean International said it moved the fire-damaged Grandeur of the Seas from the Freeport Cruise Terminal to a berth at the Grand Bahama Shipyard, where repairs will take place.

The ship's 2,224 passengers were flown from the Bahamas back to the U.S. on Tuesday.

The schedule for returning Grandeur to service has not been announced, nor has Royal Caribbean detailed the extent of the damage. The two-hour fire was centered on the mooring deck, and left the aft of the ship blackened and interior spaces charred.

In addition to the remainder of the affected cruise, Royal Caribbean has canceled the May 31 cruise. Grandeur sails seven-day voyages from Baltimore.

Analyst Tim Conder of Wells Fargo estimated the cost to Royal Caribbean at $15 million to $20 million, including refunds, repairs and canceled cruises.

He said negative fallout would be limited for Royal Caribbean because the fire did not affect propulsion, cruise line officials addressed the media proactively and passengers were complimentary about how the crew performed.

Coincidentally, the Grand Bahama yard is the temporary home of the Carnival Triumph, where workers are finishing the improvements needed to return it to service after its mid-February engine room fire.

The Triumph is expected to resume cruises from Galveston on June 13.

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