Local couple recalls cruise cut short by fire


Despite the scare, the Sue and Chuck Mosier say they are looking forward to setting sail again soon.

"It was so beautifully handled that I think, 'We're in good hands," said Sue.

Safe and sound is how the Mosiers felt when the Grandeur ran into trouble on the seas. Both were asleep when they awoke at about 3 a.m. to an unsettling announcement.

"It said there was a fire in 3 aft, get on your life vest and report to your muster station," said Chuck.

That call signaled a huge fire Sunday that gutted the ship's stern.

"I looked and I could see the reflection of flames in the water," said Chuck. "I just grabbed my wallet, my money and my wife and we left."

In contrast to passengers on deck that might have been full of fear and confusion, the Mosiers say the captain and crew were calm, collect and prepared.

"We were told that they have these drills twice every week," said Sue.

It was so calm in fact that it wasn't until four hours later, after firefighters had knocked down the flames and the ship docked, did they discover how bad it really was.

"My mind was blown," said Chuck. "I couldn't believe the damage."

In addition to busing, chartering flights, and lodging for all 2,200 onboard, Royal Caribbean fully refunded and credited everyone with a new trip.

"I think they were great," said Sue. "I really think they did everything possible."

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