|21.4.10||From a reader: On Wednesday the 21st when we were just about to leave Cozumel, a man jumped overboard. He was rescued and then taken into custody by the Mexican police. This was observed by many and I have a picture of the police boat. Later in the week we were told by a crew member that the man's new bride (the couple were on their honeymoon) was found in their stateroom beaten and unconcious. We were all very startled by the events.||
Pax overboard (rescued)
|14.2.10||USA Today reports the ship experienced mechanical probelms causing a seven hour delayed arrival (and disembarkation/embarkation) at Tampa. While the cruise line allowed passengers to make free phone calls to change travel arrangements from Tampa, it did not permit free access to computers, charging sign on fees of $3.95 and pay-as-you-go minute charges of 75 cents - no exceptions. Guests speculated whether an unusual incident that happened as the ship left its last port in Roatan, Honduras on Friday might have contributed to the problem. As the Legend pulled away from the island, it suddenly and momentarily listed to starboard. The ship recovered quickly, and no one thought much about it at the time, though some speculated the sudden pitch of the Legend while leaving Roatan may actually have been caused by the ship touching the channel wall as she made her way to the open sea. February 16: The ship is in Cozumel today (rather than tomorrow; Grand Cayman appears to have been dropped from the itinerary), a port call not on the original itinerary. The change is a conseqeunce of propulsion problems emerging on the last cruise. According to USA Today, the problems only effect the ship's speed -- all other system are functioning properly.||
|18.11.09||From a passenger: We have just returned from a Disney Cruise. On our day in Cozumel, Nov 18th, five Disney employees, celebrating the end of their contracts from Animal Kingdom, rented a dune buggy or Jeep ( not part of a shore excursion) and were in an accident. Two were killed and three hospitalized. The 6th person in their party had decided to take a cruise endorsed shore excursion. UPDATE: The incident was subsequently reported by Tampa media and discussed on a board focused on Cozumel. This what was said: There was a really bad accident on Thursday around 2:30 PM at the entrance to the San Gervasio ruins where a red and yellow Jeep Polar from Executive Car Rental collided and two people were killed. It appears that one vehicle, traveling at an undetermined speed was coming out of the ruins when it was hit by other other jeep which was reported to be travelling at 120 kilometers/hour (75 mph!) at the time of the crash. Because both jeeps were overloaded, some of the cruise passengers were hurled from the vehicles while others remained twisted in the wreckage. One 21 year old woman died at the scene and at least four were transported to nearby hospitals in grave condition and where one of them later died. The driver of the second car has been taken into custody.||Pax deaths onshore|
|30.9.09||USA Today reports thetwo ships collided in an incident that has left both vessels damaged. Carnival says the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend had just untied from its berth at the popular Mexican resort town when it was caught by heavy winds and pushed into the 2,446-passenger Enchantment of the Seas. "Extremely strong winds pushed the vessel up against the side of Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas," the line says in a statement to USA TODAY. "The (Royal Caribbean) ship was at dock when the incident occurred. The Carnival Legend sustained broken glass and other minor damage to some open deck areas." A Royal Caribbean spokeswoman said the Enchantment suffered what appears to be minor damage to the stern of the ship and some railings. Spokespeople for both lines say they have received no reports of injuries on board their respective ships resulting from the incident, which occurred at about 6:15 pm central time. Both lines say the damage to the ships is not serious and the vessels will proceed with their current itineraries. The Enchantment of the Seas is on a five-night Caribbean cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale. The Carnival Legend is on a seven-night Caribbean cruise out of Tampa. NOTE: Click here for two pictures of Enchantment of the Seas sent by a reader.||Collision|
|21.6.09||You Tube has a video from a cruise about a month ago. It was called to my attention by the following email: A friend went on this cruise and told me about the water in her cabin, and in the cabins of several people she spoke with on the cruise. It was brown in color and smelled badly. Comments with the video include another passsenger who says they had the same problem in their cabin.||Unpalatable water|
News in Belize reports that thirteen passengers were injured (none
critically) when their shore excursion tour van had a collision with
another vehicle (in which five people were injured). An infant in the
other vehicle is in critical condition with head injuries (see The
||Pax injured onshore
||Passengers were notified this afternoon that their 8-day
cruise scheduled to leave tomorrow from Fort Lauderdale will depart a
day late because "The ship was forced to make a significant route
deviation in order to facilitate a special medical emergency
evacuation" -- the deviation was apparently between Martinique and Fort Lauderdale. The ship will
drop Belize City from its itinerary;
passengers will receive a 15% refund and a 20% discount on a future 3
to 8 day cruise departing prior to December 15, 2008.
||Delayed Arrival / Departure
||A 35 year old male passenger jumped overboard in front of his wife and two young sons (5 and 3), apparently during an argument over onboard spending (gambling and alcohol). The ship was 650 miles offshore after leaving Tortola on its return to New York. A 12 hour search was undertaken without results. The May 28 cruise departed late (3 AM) because of the ship's late arrival. Embarking passengers received a $50 onboard credit.||Passenger
||It was reported that a 65 year old man died while part of a
snorkeling shore excursion at Shark Bay Alley in Belize. The man,
part of a group of nine toruists, experienced difficulties in the water
and was rushed to the Caye Caulker Village Clinic where he was
pronounced dead, apparently from a heart attack. This is the
third such case in as many months: in November a 68 year old man from
Dream disappeared while snokeling in the same area -- his body
was never found; in December a woman from the Caribbean Princess
who was participating in a snorkeling expedition in Sint Maarten was
found dead underwater -- it is unknown whether she had a heart attack
or an accident underwater.
||Death on Shore Excursion
FROM A PASSENGER: Around 10PM we looked out of our balcony, on the starboard side on deck 7, and saw heavy, heavy smoke coming from the lower levels towards the front of the ship. Although I did never actually see flames, there were extremely bright flickering lights coming from the same place. Within minutes, there was an announcement for everyone to proceed to the upper, open decks. The late show had to be evacuated ... and people who's room was in that area said their rooms and hallways were filled with thick white smoke. The Cruise Director announced "there was a problem in the engine room and that something had overheated". Later it was an "oily substance". All I can tell you for sure was that it was heavy smoke. People had their life jackets on, very unsettling. This lasted over an hour. No real explanation and of course no compensation.
Lots of smoke
||From a passenger just back: Just out of Tortola, heading for NYC on Wed July 13. 5:10 pm, "computer glitch" causes hard left turn, that combined with a strong wind offf the starboard side, results in a 14 degree list causing injuries and damage. We were on port side, on balcony, and felt like the ship was going to turn over; pool water, and debris streamed past our window. Crew members said they had NEVER experienced a list of that degree.||Unexpected List
||Several passengers report the ship altered course to rescue
a man on a small vessel who became ill while traveling alone from
Florida to Portugal. The man was transferred to hospital in San
Juan the next day. No further details are known.
||Rescue at Sea
||The 8-day cruise from NYC to the Caribbean took a detour to
Bermuda and passengers spent three days in port while repairs were made
to an electrical component in the Azipod propulsion system.
Passengers returned to NYC from Bermuda.
||There was a medical emergency on the prior cruise, requiring the ship to stop in Bermuda on its way back to NYC and causing it to arrive late in NYC. The cruise beginning today will sail approximately 8 hours later than planned, departing at midnight rather than 4 PM.||Delayed departure
||15 year old girl raped by other passenger. Details
24 year old native of Indonesia was charged with sexual
battery after a 28 year old woman identified him as the man who entered
her cabin while she was sleeping around 5 AM on Thursday and raped her.
Police said he used a master key to unlawfully enter the room.
The perpetrator was detained and held by Carnival onboard
security personnel until the ship reached Fort Lauderdale.
||Reported Illness Outbreaks
||73 passengers and 4 crew
reportedly contracted norwalk-like virus during the previous cruise
||109 passengers (5.05%) and at least 45 crew (5%) suffered symptoms of Norwalk-like virus aboard the cruise that ended today.|