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From a passenger:
Cruise: Brilliance of the Seas,
Fort Lauderdale -> Barcelona (April 29, 2005)
Our cruise on
the Brilliance of the Sea was routine until 2 1/2 days out of Madeira
when we ran into 36 hours of hurricane winds. No damage to ship
or passengers. Some passengers reported difficulty of remaining
in bed due to rolling and pitching.
The seas became calm again
two days before Madeira. I had previously checked out the
mountain climbing rock, going to the outside deck through the Starlight
lounge on the 13th deck. As Mrs. A said that she would be
interested in seeing this attraction we proceeded to the Starlight
Lounge around noon. We found that it was locked with a sign
stating that due to winds no access to outer deck through the
door. Evidentially crew had forgotten to take the sign down as we
could see people on the deck and the sea was smooth. We found
that there was another lounge named Hollywood Odyssey across the foyer.
A couple went through the door and on out to the deck before us.
We we entered the room we saw
a pianist at a grand piano on the dance floor playing classical music.
Several people were sitting in chairs listening. As Mrs. A. is
very interested in music, she walked down a ramp to the wood dance
floor to take a seat. Unfortunately there was a 6 1/2 inch dropoff and
she fell to the floor. I noted that while there
appeared to be light bulbs at the end of the ramp they were not lit. I took her to the doctor
on board when the office was opened around 5pm. The doctor took
X-ray's and advised that while there was no breaks, her left knee was
severely bruised. He told her to remain in bed as much as
possible till the end of the trip. A wheelchair was requested and
I wheeled her throughout the ship during remainder of the cruise.
Of course she was in some pain and could not walk.
The safety officer came to
the doctor's office and filled out several forms. I suggested
that lights - similar to those in airliners - be placed at end of
ramps. The next day at noon I went to the Hollywood Odyssey and
found that the lights were out. I then went to all other public
rooms that had dance floors and found that each had lights lit at the
entrance to the dance floors! The Starlight Lounge even had a
sign stating there was a dropoff. I then called the safety office
to accompany me to the lounge. He told me that after our meeting
in the doctor's office he had requested a crew member to check the
lights and that they were on. They were not on when we arrived at the
Hollywood Odyssey lounge. An electrician and then a computer
technician were called to check. The computer technician found
that there was a switch that turned the lights on at 3pm. The
safety officer was surprised and said he would correct the problem.
At the end of June we sent a
letter to Royal Caribbean detailing the incident. We received a
letter stating that the fall was due to Mrs. A.'s failure to exercise
due diligence and that the room should not have been entered.
While this fall happened on
her 86th birthday she was in good health and passed a required vision
test for her driver's license 6 weeks after arrival home.
I replied to her letter
stating the following:
due to Hurricane Wilma arrival and damage to my condo, I was
preoccupied with repairs till too late to file a law suit. Mrs.
A., while able to recuperate and walk, is still bothered by occasional
discomfort. We did feel that an acknowledgement of lack of safety
measures be recognized and that her inability to go on booked tours and
enjoy the cruise would be compensated. But no answer.
- There was activity in the Hollywood Odyssey and
the doors were not locked nor a sign stating NO Entry
- Other people had passed through the lounge
- Mrs. A. had travelled extensively on airlines and
cruise ships and had no problems
- Lights were not on the entrance to a dance floor
as they were on every other public room. It would seem that
International safety laws would have required this safety measure in
every such room.
Received July 24, 2006