The Miami Herald reports
the Coast Guard found a man who was missing at sea for about two hours after falling off the ship near Biscayne Bay on Friday morning -- at about 4:30 AM the ship issued a distress call stating crewmember Robert Mado, 31 (an assistant purser), had gone overboard about five miles off the Fowey Rocks. Two hours later, authorities found Mado alive, but his health condition remains unknown. The ship was on its way to Miami from Key West.
|Crew member overboard - rescued alive
Consumerist reports that Royal Caribbean has announced plans to
charge customers who order steak in the main dining room a $14.95
surcharge. The New York strip steak being offered in the main dining
rooms on these two ships is a Black Angus steak. It will also be
available in the alternate dining room, Chops, but there will be no
additional fee above the regular cover charge.
reports that a family of five were evicted from the ship late at
night on Tuesday (the second day of the cruise) when their 7-month-old
child became sick. They think they were
kicked off the ship because her symptoms were similar to the Norwalk
virus. The child was throwing up and had diarrhea. A
doctor on the ship said she was dehydrated and had to be treated in a
hospital. The family said a security guard gave them 10 minutes to pack
their bags and get off the boat. It was 11 o'clock at night.the father
asked if his wife could get out of her pajamas but the response was
that there was no time for that. A
doctor at the emergency room diagnosed the infant with a cold, not
dehydration. He signed a form and cleared her to travel, but the ship
had already left and they were stuck in the Bahamas with no
passports to get home. They spent $455 on emergecy passports, $650 on
plane tickets home, and $600 for the emergency room on toip of the cost
of the five night cruise. RCI refuses to reimburse the family for their
expenses but did offer to provide credit on a future cruise.
Royal Caribbean takes exception with the parents' account (see Fox News
- April 29) and has agreed as a gesture of good
will to provide the family with a refund of its
cruise fare and reimbursement for its flights home.
||Family of 5 kicked off
|2007 and earlier
29 year old cabin steward disappeared somewhere between Bahamas and Key
West and is presumed dead. The case was brought to light when his
family, om December 14, 2005, filed suit against RCI for $10 million
accusing the company of not doing enough to find their son.
were directed to stay at their muster stations
for 24 minutes when a galley fire broke out at 5 AM in
the Windjammer Cafe. The fire was extinguished in 21 minutes and there
were no injuries. The ship will continue on its itinerary, but
the Windjammer Cafe will be closed.
|25 passengers were hurt in a bus
crash in Jamaica -- 7 had to be airlifted back to the Miami for
treatment. The accident happened when the jittney being ridden
suffered brake failure and flipped.
|Shore excursion accident