November 1, 2000
Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas, which lost electricity Tuesday off the coast of Curacao, was repaired late last night and set off for its next port of call at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. The ship, which was scheduled for a day at sea today, will arrive in the regularly scheduled port of St. Maarten on Thursday. In Willemstad, the capital of Curacao, the hapless passengers were treated to unusual hospitality -- and offered plenty of diversions for cruisers who had an unexpected night call in Curacao. Shops stayed open late and the city of Willemstad put on an impromptu fireworks display. Ironically, yesterday's visit to Curacao was the ship's maiden port call to that island and officials, who had planned a number of welcoming ceremonies to greet Grandeur had, alas, to postpone the event until the ship returns.