|Posted by RCI fans on December 7, 2013 at 5:15 AM||comments (0)|
Rhapsody of the Seas has been delayed for 12 hours after the ship struck a reef in the South Pacific.
According to claims, the ship was caught in a very violent storm, which caused the ship to come into contact with a nearby reef, close to Champagne Bay, Luganville and Vanuatu.
The ship was able to continue to Luganville under her own power where the ship had to be delayed for 12 hours while repairs were made.
|Posted by RCI fans on December 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, has performed a medevac of 3 passengers on Tuesday.
The emergencies, which were unrelated, forced the ship to skip a call in St. Thomas. The ship then later headed for San Juan.
The first medevac occured when Freedom of the Seas was anchored off of Royal Caribbean's private island, Coco Cay. The other two medevacs took place after sailing from Coco Cay to Nassau.
Royal Caribbean wished the affected guests "a speedy recovery."
|Posted by RCI fans on November 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd will join humanitarian relief efforts in response to the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Since the storm, Royal Caribbean has helped crew members attempt to communicate with relatives in the Philippines.
"Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the storm," said Richard Fain, chairman and chief executive of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "More than 12,800 of our employees call the Philippines home. We want to do everything we can to help them, their families, and their neighbors heal from this terrible tragedy."
Contributions can be made online at www.worldvision.org/royalcaribbean.
|Posted by RCI fans on November 5, 2013 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
Venice will begin to limit large cruise ship traffic in the Venice lagoon.
The local goverment has announced that form November 2014, ships larger than 96,000 gross tonnes will be banned from the lagoon.
The controversy over large ships sailing along the Giudecca Canal has been going on for some years. It is only after recent protests by Venice residents and environmentalists, that the government has started to take action.
Environmentalists are concerned about the damage caused by increasing cruise ship traffic to one of the world's most iconic and magical destinations.
The Italian Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, met with transport and culture ministors as well as the governor of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia. He approved plans to limit or shut down cruise ship traffic in parts of the Venice lagoon and near the city's famous Saint Mark's Square.
In a statement, the mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, said "Finally the trend towards gigantic ships in the lagoon has been turned around. We've had enough of these mega cruise ships just metres away from San Marco, from now on there will be clear limits on the size of ships that can enter Venice."
From January 2014, cruise ship traffic in front of Saint Mark's Square will be limited. November 2014, will see cruise ships over 96,000GT completly banned from the canal. Cruise ships will have to avoid the Guidecca Canal and sail around the lagoon to reach the port in the north of the city.
|Posted by RCI fans on October 2, 2013 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
Celebrity Cruises is the latest cruise line to suffer with an outbreak of norovirus on one of its ships.
More than 300 guests sailing on board Celebrity Summit, contracted the gastrointestinal illness halfway through a 14-night cruise.
Cynthia Martinez, spokeswoman for Celebrity Cruises informed CruiseCritic "During its current sailing, Celebrity Summit has experienced an elevated number of persons with a gastrointestinal illness. Those affected by the short-lived illness have responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered onboard the ship."
At least 311 of the 2,113 passengers and 14 of the 954 crew members have fallen ill.
According to the CDC, its Vessel Sanitation Program will send an epidemiologist and one environmental health officer to meet the ship in Bayonne, New Jersey, to conduct an onboard investigation and monitor the sanitation procedures before new passengers will be allowed on board. Specimens were collected and offloaded in Halifax, Canada, where testing in Health Canada's laboratory confirmed Norovirus.
|Posted by RCI fans on September 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
A Celebrity Cruises' crewmember has been awarded $2.5 million in damages after a court in Miami upheld his complaint against a fellow crewmember who broke his leg.
A cabin steward named Vincente Fernandes claims he was attacked by an assistant linen manager after Vincente asked him for linen and towels while he was making up a stateroom.
He said competition for linen and towels was so fierce onboard that the linen keeper became upset at his request and started abusing him verbally. He claimed the linen manager then picked him up and threw him onto a trolley, fracturing his right leg.
Fernandes underwent surgery in Spain the day after, when Celebrity Century reached port. Plates and screws were inserted.
He was then sent back home to Goa, India by Celebrity Cruises, with no compensation for shelter, food, medical care or surgery.
In his complaint, he said he suffered severely as a result of Celebrity's negligence, including a deformed right leg that will require several additional operations.
The court awarded Vincente just over $2,496,000 in damages - $1,750,000 in pain and suffering and mental anguish, $350,625 for medical expenses, and $395,400 for lost wages and loss of earning capacity.
Celebrity Cruises is yet to comment on the incident.
|Posted by RCI fans on August 10, 2013 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
After some research, rcifans.com discovered that the recent incident relating to the Celebrity Millennium was not the first time it had suffered propulsion failure.
Image: Michel Verdure
Just 4 months ago, on 9th April 2013, a similar electrical issue affected its propulsion while cruising around Asia. The ship managed to continue sailing, however with reduced speed. The ship had to cancel its call in Halong Bay and continued to Hong Kong.
The 2 similar incidents, exactly 4 months apart, raises questions as to the safety of the vessel.
In 2003, RCCL sued Rolls Royce and Alstom Power Conversion, over the pod-propulsion system on Celebrity Cruises' Millennium class ships after the Mermaid propulsion pods suffered several technical issues.
|Posted by RCI fans on May 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
A fire has been reported on board Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas.
WPTV reports that a call came into the Lake Worth Coast Guard at 2:52am. Grandeur of the Seas reported a Class A fire, meaning the items on fire were wood or other combustible materials.
The fire was contained on Deck 3 and has since been extinguished.
A statement by Royal Caribbean explains that the Captain deemed it necessary to muster all 2,224 guests and 796 crew at their assembly stations. All guests and crew have been accounted for and no injuries have been reported.
Royal Caribbean stated that "the safety of our guests and crew is our top priority, and we will continue to focus on their needs and concerns."
Rival cruise ship, Carnival Sensation, was on standby in case the ship needed to evacuate.
Grandeur of the Seas was heading towards CocoCay in the Bahamas, but will now head for Freeport for further evaluation. The ship is reported to have full power and is in calm seas.
|Posted by RCI fans on April 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
A suspicious package has been found at the Port of Tampa, Florida near to where Jewel of the Seas was berthed.
Local police officers said that the suspicious package was found on a pallet that was destined to be loaded on the cruise ship.
Two bomb-sniffing dogs found the package during a routine inspection of the port. Explosives experts are currently investigating the package.
As a precaution, passengers were evacuated from the terminal building as well as the cruise ship.
Cruise ship passengers are said to be waiting in the area and are still hoping to board the ship today for their trip to the Caribbean. Passengers have been told that they will be allowed back on board when the ship's horn blasts.
|Posted by RCI fans on December 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM||comments (0)|
A 1-year old child has been evacuated from Monarch of the Seas on December 21 after falling from one deck to another.
WFTV reported that the Royal Caribbean ship had left Port Canaveral at 4:30 p.m. and was en route to the Bahamas, when the child fell from the eleventh deck onto a tenth deck balcony. The ship immediately turned around and returned to port. Once back in port, the child was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando.
Royal Caribbean confirmed the incident saying. "A 14 month old guest from India traveling on Monarch of the Seas was injured in a fall. The guest was initially treated in our medical facility, but required additional and urgent medical attention that could only be provided in a hospital,"
"Our Care Team is providing support and assistance to the guest's family. Our thoughts are with their family, and we will continue to do our very best to assist them."