Cruise passengers return

BALTIMORE, Maryland (NBC NEWS) -- Cruise ship passengers streamed into the Baltimore Washington International Airport Tuesday, happy to be alive.

Their flight was the first of 11 Royal Caribbean chartered to fly passengers back from The Bahamas after their ship, "The Grandeur of The Seas", caught fire.

Passengers were awakened around 3 a.m. Monday and shuttled toward life boats when the fire broke out in a mooring area.

Crews were able to extinguish the fire and no injuries were reported.

"I must say Royal Caribbean did an excellent job," said passenger Donna Martin.

Royal Caribbean CEO Adam Goldstein went to The Bahamas immediately after the fire and met personally with passengers.

"I apologized on behalf of the company that we disrupted their vacation in this way," Goldstein said.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard the newly renovated vessel had just passed a safety inspection in April.

The fire is the latest of several mishaps at sea.


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