Concerns over Grandeur of the Seas?

The fire-damaged Grandeur of the Seas returned to Baltimore this week and one of the first questions that passengers' boarding the ship were being asked was:

"Do you feel safe getting on this ship?"

Think about that.

To begin with, fires on cruise ships are rare. Grandeur of the Seas has been out of service for six weeks following a fire near the mooring area at the stern. If there's any ship that would be ultra-safe, wouldn't you assume it to be one coming back from a much-publicized "accident?" It's not like you're fixing a car with used parts.

This is a ship that — incredibly — missed six cruises and there are 67 cabins and some public areas that are still not ready, because if repairs aren't done up to Royal Caribbean standards, affected areas won't be utilized. Cruise lines can't risk having fires to begin with, because nothing scares captains and passengers alike more than a fire.

To risk having a fire on a ship that just had one is almost incomprehensible.

So why would anybody feel unsafe on the repaired Grandeur?

On the other hand, one passenger reassured the Baltimore Sun by saying:

"We have confidence in the Lord that He will get us to the Caribbean for a family vacation and back safely."

Maybe strange answers are why people get asked strange questions.

Norwegian Jade
21 nights
November 27, 2013
Rome (return): OlympiaAthens, Izmir, IstanbulNaplesRomeFlorenceMonte Carlo, Toulon, BarcelonaValencia, Cagliari, Palermo, Naples
Inside: $1,129
Cost per day: $53
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