Cruise Control

Bad news won't keep travelers from the open seas

Royal Caribbean advertised "no limit to the possibilities for fun and relaxation" aboard its "reimagined" cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas, although the May 27 fire onboard was presumably not on the social program. There were no injuries, and passengers got full refunds and a 100% credit for the next cruise. Expect them to accept the offer. Despite high-profile seagoing calamities, both Royal Caribbean and Carnival--which control about 70% of the global berths--are anticipating more passengers this year than in 2012. The Cruise Lines International Association estimates that 17.6 million passengers will sail this year from North America, up from about...

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