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Independence of the Seas detained by Norwegian officials

Posted by RCI fans on May 22, 2014 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Independence of the Seas has been detained by Norwegian officials in Ålesund.

Royal Caribbean had failed to pay pilot and security fees for several cruises in 2013, amounting to NOK 600,000 ($101,000) These fees should have been paid in October.

Cruise lines use shipping agents to manage their administrative tasks. It is these companies who pay port authorities on behalf of cruise lines.

As a result the Norwegian port authority detained the vessel, until payment was made.

The captain contacted Royal Caribbean immediately and within an hour, payment was made.

The ship has now been released by authorities.

Harmless fun or damn right rude? What NOT to get up to on your next cruise!

Posted by RCI fans on March 2, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Cruises are all about having a great time and enjoying yourself, but a bunch of 'young adults' on board Adventure of the Seas may have taken it too far.

In this video below, originally brought to my attention by the Cruise Chatter With CruiseDivaNJ Facebook group, the boys can be seen pranking passengers and annoying fellow guests.

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While some of their unruly behaviour can be classed as harmless fun, such as dangling a thread down onto a guest below, or pretending to fall down the stairs, the boys 'overstep' the mark on several occasions.

Ok, lets fast-forward to 1:25 in the video. It's 2am and imagine your in the stateroom below these people, when all of a sudden you are woken up by the sound of falling objects. Max and Luke can be seen throwing candy and ice cubes over the side of the ship, aiming at the balcony below. What would you do if you were those innocent guests in the stateroom below?

At 7:08, they can be seen moving trash cans into the elevators, claiming to provide a 'more convenient place' for them. This incident actually reminds me of our cruise on board Adventure of the Seas in May 2013, when we witnessed two young boys dragging armchairs into the lifts. 

Like the majority of cruise lines, Royal Caribbean has a clear Guest Conduct Policy. This policy allows misbehaving guests to be disembarked at the next port of call. Here is a brief summary of the policy, which the guests in the video clearly broke:


"placing materials anywhere on the interior of the ship (including stateroom doors, along corridors, etc.) which may be deemed by ship management as inappropriate."

Failure to act in accordance with this policy, or if a guest's presence onboard creates a concern for safety or security, may result in:


  • Intervention by Security, other management personnel, or law enforcement
  • Removal of certain onboard privileges, which may include being detained, quarantined or confined in a stateroom or holding cell
  • Confiscation of illegal/contraband/prohibited items (may be turned over to law enforcement authorities)
  • Denial of boarding on the current or any future Royal Caribbean International cruise vacation
  • Removal from a ship at the next port of call. Guests removed from a Royal Caribbean International ship pursuant to this policy are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation home, at their expense. Documentation requirements for re-entry into the guest’s home country are also the responsibility of the guest.


Please enjoy your next cruise and have a great time, thats what cruising is all about at the end of the day, but please DO NOT repeat the behaviour seen in this video.

3 laws that could end your holiday in jail!

Posted by RCI fans on December 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Be sure to note these 3 bizarre laws, so your next cruise vacation doesn't end in jail!


1.Wearing high heels in ancient Greece

The Parthenon is a must see attraction when travelling to Greece. However be warned, if you are wearing high heels, you'll be denied access.


2. Feeding the pigeons in Venice

Visit St Mark's Square in Venice and you'll see hundreds of pigeons. If you feed them, you could find yourself in a much smaller square – a cell.


3. Wearing swimwear off the beach in Barcelona

Had enough of the beach in Barcelona and fancy strolling along Las Ramblas? Make sure you cover up your swimming costume once you've left the sand, as things could get rather Messi!

2 crew members from Allure of the Seas arrested for smuggling cocaine

Posted by RCI fans on October 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Two crew members from Allure of the Seas were arrested in Port Everglades, Florida this past Sunday for allegedly smuggling cocaine.


The two  men were stopped during a routine inspection of Allure of the Seas as they were attempting to disembark. Allure of the Seas was returning from a Western Caribbean cruise to Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico.


Inspectors noticed something during an x-ray scan in one of the men's backpack. Both of the men removed various electronics and a wallet from the backpack and then told security agents the backpack did not belong to them, according to the investigative report.


Royal Caribbean's security personnel contacted the Broward Sheriff's Office deputies and Customs and Border Protection to investigate. A police dog alerted to something in the backpack which was then field-tested. The substance inside tested positive for cocaine and both men were arrested. More than one kilogram of cocaine was found, which was trafficked from Jamaica.


In its statement, Royal Caribbean said it maintains a strict zero-tolerance policy regarding illegal drugs on its ships. "We take various steps to prevent the transport of illegal narcotics, including working closely with law enforcement in all of our ports of call."

Three sentenced for not paying their bill

Posted by RCI fans on October 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Ever wondered what would happen if you walked off a cruise ship without paying your bill? The answer is you could end up in prison.


That's the fate of three New Yorkers who snuck off cruise ships earlier this year without paying for purchases.


The U.S. Virgin Islands' St. John Source reports that Sam Gross, 25, Joseph Herskovitz, 27, and Jacob Eisenberger, 29, were sentenced to up to three months in prison on Thursday for defrauding or conspiring to defraud cruise lines. The three men were also sentenced to several more months of home confinement after they are released from prison and must pay thousands of dollars in restitution.


The men boarded Majesty of the Seas earlier this year, and purposely ran up large bills by purchasing merchandise and services with their SeaPass Card, and then walked off the vessel after just a day without settling the tab.


Two of the three men then did something similar the following month on the Carnival Destiny and, a few weeks later, on the Dawn Princess, according to court documents cited by the St. John Source.


A fourth defendant in the case is scheduled to be sentenced in December.

Did Royal Caribbean down play Allure fire?

Posted by RCI fans on April 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

"A small fire" were the words from Royal Caribbean commenting on the engine room fire that occurred onboard Allure of the Seas on Friday at 7:45pm.

Was this the case though?

Passengers who were onboard at the time have now arrived safely back in Port Everglades, Florida and are telling their stories of what actually happened. Somewhat different to how Royal Caribbean described it. Passengers describe hearing a loud bang shortly before smoke was seen billowing out the funnels. Shortly thereafter the captain informed the passengers that there had been an incident in the engine and that all watertight bulkheads had been closed. The entire section 6, apparently the section that includes Viking Crown Lounge, was evacuated. Some passengers on board were shocked, however, no one was injured. The ship drifted between one and two hours before continuing with the only one functioning machine left after the "small and short-lived engine fire was extinguished by using the ship's high fog system which had been immediately activated to contain the fire."

Some passengers used Cruise Critics forum to describe what they experienced; "Just got off the Allure and I have to disagree that there was NO panic. The crew were visibly scared as we're many of the passengers. Our cabin steward told us that our hallway had many families in tears and begging for life jackets. We were in the main dining room for our lobster dinner and when you feel a 225000 ton ship shake like that you know something big just happened. The crew were trying very hard to appear in control and they did a good job, but you could seem them passing notes to each other and the concern on their faces. We had finished our dinner, but skipped out on desert because I really couldn't eat much after hearing Bravo bravo bravo and water tight doors closing. We saw many in tears and I felt the need to get my kids away from that and the ridiculous people that laughingly and loudly started talking about the titanic and going down with the ship. We strolled the Royal Promenade and tried to appear normal for the kids. Communication was good and they did a great job of handling things quickly, but there were lots feeling very unsettled. Very glad it ended quickly."

UPDATE: Engine room fire on board Allure of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on April 21, 2012 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

An engine room fire has broken out onboard the worlds largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas.

According to Cruise Law News, heavy black smoke billowed out of the stacks. The cruise ship made an emergency announcement and altered its course so that the winds would not blow smoke into the ship.

The ship is continuing its cruise from St Maarten to Fort Laurderdale and is expected to arrive on Sunday. No passengers have been reported injured.

There has been 80 cruise ship fires since 1990. This averages out around 4 a year. The cruise industry has already experienced 3 cruise ship fires this year already, Azamara Quest, Costa Allegra and now Allure of the Seas. Royal Caribbean have not released an official statement on the incident. As this is a developing story, we will keep you informed.

UPDATE: "The ship was sailing from St. Maarten to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale when an engine fire broke out at 7:45 p.m. Friday," said spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. "The ship's high fog system was immediately activated, which contained and extinguished the fire." 

Oasis of the Seas rescues 23 Cubans

Posted by RCI fans on April 6, 2012 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The world's largest cruise ship rescued 23 people from a small boat on the way to Mexico on Wednesday.

Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas was sailing from Falmouth, Jamaica to Cozumel when someone saw the small boat carrying 19 men and four women. The people on the boat, who the cruise line say were Cuban citizens, were given food, water and medical treatment once they were aboard the 5,400-passenger ship.

Officials with the cruise line notified the U.S. Coast Guard. They removed the 23 people from the ship in Cozumel Thursday, as directed by authorities.

Police investigating suicide on Allure of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on February 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Bahamas police are investigating an apparent suicide of a British man on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas that occurred last Friday. This investigation is related to the incident that was first reported about a man who fell off the ship.

The Police report that at 7:10am while aboard Allure of the Seas, the man committed suicide while the ship was off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico.

American Federal agents are assisting the police in the Bahamas, including Superintendent Paul Rolle, Head of the Central Detective Unit, along with officers from the Broward County Sheriff's Office and Customs and Border Protection.

"We do not have much information we can share with the public at this point. All we know is a British man is dead and it may or may not have been suicide. We are still conducting our on scene investigations and interviewing eyewitness. We are being assisted by other law enforcement agencies and expect to wrap up our investigations shortly. At that time, I will provide an update," he said.

Royal Caribbean also issued a statement that said the 30-year-old fell from the balcony of his stateroom on Deck 11. The statement also said, "The ship made multiple public announcements and began a complete search of the ship, in efforts to locate the guest. When the guest did not respond to the pages and was not found onboard, the captain alerted the local authorities of the situation."

Passenger falls overboard on Allure of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on February 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

A British passenger sailing onboard Allure of the Seas is missing after apparently going overboard.

The passenger fell over the railing from his stateroom as the ship was sailing to Cozumel, Mexico, according to a fellow passenger. CCTV footage on board the ship confirmed the story of the passenger falling off the 11th deck balcony.

According to Royal Caribbean International, multiple public announcements were made and a complete search of the ship did not locate the guest. The Allure of the Seas left Sunday on a seven-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale.

The Mexican Navy and Coast Guard, the Allure of the Seas, and a pilot boat are assisting in the search for the passenger. Royal Caribbean said, 'Our Care Team is providing support to the guest's family and our thoughts and prayers are with them'.