After Fires, Cruise Line Execs Answer Questions

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WASHINGTON The presidents of two major cruise ship lines are defending their industry and practices to senators following two recent high-profile fires that damaged ships.

The presidents of Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International answered at times confrontational questions Wednesday from members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

In February, Carnival's ship Triumph was left without power in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine room fire. Thousands of passengers endured squalid conditions while the ship was towed to Alabama.

In May, a fire onboard Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas cut short a cruise from Baltimore to the Bahamas. The ship sailed under its own power to Freeport.