They arrived in Freeport Monday afternoon and spent Monday night aboard the ship. Royal Caribbean paid for a hotel stay on the island for some passengers whose cabins were affected by the fire.
The cruise line spent Tuesday chartering flights for the 2,000 passengers, who were due back in Baltimore on Friday, to head home. The company also refunded passengers the cost of the cruise and gave them vouchers for a future trip.
The ship, with her charred stern, remained in port.
The Grandeur of the Seas will be repaired at the Grand Bahama Shipyard, Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez told the Associated Press. A cause for the fire was not known.
The Davises landed in Baltimore just after midnight and stayed at a hotel that night before driving back to Charleston Wednesday morning.
Tony recalled the incident in December with the Jamaican drifters and said, "It wasn't bad, just intense."
They saw the small boat drifting in the Caribbean from aboard the Island Princess, owned and operated by Princess Cruises.
At first, he said the boat looked out of place and he couldn't see anyone on board. As it turned out, there were five men under a tarp. Before they could report it, the cruise ship slowed and turned around.
The men told the crew they were heading to a barbeque and had been adrift for three weeks. They had a goat carcass aboard and asked for fuel. The crew instead brought the men aboard.
Tony said the two recent experiences haven't soured his and his wife's love of relaxing on the high seas. They have two back-to-back four-day cruises planned for later in the summer. Both trips leave from California and venture to Mexico and the Catalina Islands.
"We've done several cruises," he said. "We did one years ago that we liked. We started doing bus tours and saw some amazing places, but they're very fast-paced, so we decided to go back to cruises."
He said another big draw is the lack of cellphone or Internet service. They enjoy the uninterrupted time away from it all.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.
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