|29.12.10||The Baltimore Sun reports three crew members who worked in the galley attempted to smuggle 700 grams of heroin and 300 grams of cocaine into Baltimore from the Dominican Republic. The three men were were indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiring to import drugs into the country. Customs officials were tipped off by a ship security officer.||
|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|
|11.6.09||News7 Belize reports that disembarakation was delayed for more than four hours because of a swine flu scare. Six of the ship's crew had flu symptoms and were quarantined on the ship. As a precaution, passengers weren’t allowed to de-board until a Ministry of Health team checked out the ship. The okay was given at mid-day and the passengers filed off the ship. The TV station reported that most passengers were unaware that there was an onboard H1N1 scare.||Swine flu|
|8.5.09||Two passengers apparently had an altercation during the muster drill at the start of the cruise -- enough to draw blood. Both were offloaded from the ship when it arrived at Nassau. The incident was taped and available on You Tube (but has since been taken offline).||Pax on pax assault|
||Disembarkation at Fort Lauderdale was halted for about an
hour after a suspicious package was found bobbing near the ship.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office bomb squad was called and
dertimined and determined the package was harmless -- a one foot by six
inches plastic container.
||From a passenger: Another couple, my husband, and I were on the cave tubing excursion in
Belize booked through onboard. The wife of the couple with us was
pulled under a wall in the cave. We frantically kept yelling for help
because we couldn't find her and last saw her go under the water right
as we made impact with the wall. Other people were crashing into
the wall behind us and as we were yelling for help they kept telling us
to keep going. We refused to leave her and risked our lives in
the current trying to find where she had disapeared to. After
about 5 minutes someone finally pulled her from the hole in the
wall. She had managed to hold on to the grooves in the cave to
keep from being sucked deeper into the cave. She had also pulled
herself up one time for air. No one checked on us. The excursion
manager blew us off as if we were exagerating about the dangerous
conditions in the cave. They refunded our money because 2 other
people (whom we didn't know but were in our excursion group) had also
been sucked into the cave wall and managed to escape on their own,
demanded their money refunded. Nothing was done. We wrote a
letter to Miami headquarters, and not so much as a call from them has
been received. It was a very tragic experience and my last
excursion I will ever take and maybe my last cruise. I later
found out that just one hour before our tubing started, they had
rescued 6 other people, but yet they continued to load people into the
||Near fatal accident on
||The ships was unable to make our port call in Grand Cayman due to rough seas. Shore excursion fees were refunded however no credits or allowances were provided. The ship arrived at the next port, Ocho Rios, the following morning||Canceled port call (Rough seas)|
||Passengers returning from the most recent cruises say the
ship continues to have electrical problems and is cruising at reduced
speeds which is causing itinerary changes. (See November
||The ship apparently had a power failure in the early morning
and was assisted by a tug into Fort Lauderdale at the cruise's end.
Departure of the next cruise, a 4 night cruise with scheduled stops in
Key West and Cozumel, was delayed until midnight and Key West was
dropped from the itinerary. Also, rooms mid-ship reportedly do
have air conditioning. UPDATE
November 17 from a passenger: We
made it to Cozumel. Ship has 50% propulsion. They gave each cabin $200
shipboard credit, and 25% of current fare off for future cruise. A lot of upset people, not only at
itinerary change but sporadic A/C. Of the 2,300 cruising, 2,000 are
first time Royal Caribbean cruisers.
||A half dozen passengers have independently reported that an
older male passenger was pulled out of the water after going overboard
while the ship sailed from Cozumel toward its return to Fort
Lauderdale. Reports indicate the man did not survive. There
are no news reports or press releases regarding this indicent.
||A strong squall of wind caused the ship to drag its anchor
300 metres before it ran into a moored barge off Pageant Beach
(Georgetown, Cayman Islands). The ship had been anchored off
shore from the WHarf Restauarnt area, Other than two dents in the
port side and a long 100-foot scrape, there was no damage to the
ship. Most passengers were ashore when the incident
occured. Here's a
picture from a passenger.
||A passenger returning from the four day cruise ending today
posted a message at Cruise
Critic detailing their experience with bed bugs on the ship
(Stateroom 7094), and the less-than-attentive response on the part of
onboard staff. They report that when they left the ship, the room
had been made up for the next passengers and it had not been
passenger statement here.
newspaper) in Cancun reports that a short circuit caused a fire on a
life boat while it was being lower from the ship while in
Cozumel. The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no
here for a picture of the ship.
||From a passenger: On Saturday 7/15 there was a midnight
buffet on the pool deck ... somewhere between 1 am and 4 am, my son
heard that someone had fallen overboard or committed suicide. He said
the ship stopped for approx. 1 half hour, and a lifeboat was put into
the water. He asked several of the deck crew about it, and got the same
response every time, "we aren't allowed to talk about it."
||Heavy seas did some damage as the ship was heading to Rotterdam where it is scheduled to undergo a drydock lengthening at Keppel Verolme Shipyard. Five stateroom windows were broken, causing some water damage on decks two and three. No one was injured and there was no significant damage to the ship which was carrying workers but no revenue passengers.||Minor damage
||2004 and earlier
||While docked at Key West, the ship was struck by a barge
leaving a 8 foot hole in the vessel's hull. There is a 50 foot
long mark down the side of the ship. No one was injured and the
ship is expected to be repaired and depart from Key West as scheduled.
||A 40 year old woman from Fort Lauderdale vanished while the
ship cruised 140 miles off Fort Lauderdale. She was last seen in
a ship hallway.
||The ship limped back to Miami
after a connector rod failed. The ship had been without power for
several hours before beginning its return to Miami.
||There is a problem with one of
the four engines which causes the ship to cruise 10% slower.
Itineraries will be changed accordingly.
||Reported Illness Outbreaks
|8.1.05||The ship returned to Port Everglades from a 5-day cruise on which 103 of 2,136 passengers (4.82%) and 8 of 756 crew (1.06%) reported illness from a Norwalk-like virus.|