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Medical emergency on board Quantum of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on November 6, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, Quantum of the Seas made a medical emergency diversion to the Azores. 

The new Royal Caribbean ship was making her inaugural transatlantic crossing to New York.

A pilot boat pulled alongside the ship just outside the harbour to transport a guest who was carried off on a stretcher wearing a neck restraint. 

Cruise Law News also reports that another passenger dislocated their shoulder on the Flowrider.

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Explorer of the Seas damaged by 40ft waves

Posted by RCI fans on November 3, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Explorer of the Seas has been hit by 20-40ft waves, resulting in damage to the ship.

The Royal Caribbean vessel was sailing from Bayonne, NJ to St Maarten when rough seas struck the ship. At roughly 5am, a powerful 40ft rogue wave was strong enough that two life raft came crashing down onto the promenade deck. 

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In addition, the wave also damaged automatic sliding doors on the promenade and there are reports of water rushing into deck 4, disabling all aft elevators. 

Thankfully, there are no reported injuries and the ship is still en-route to St Maarten.

Coast guard rescues woman after falling from Grandeur of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on September 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

According to NBC Washington, a 58-year-old woman has been rescued by the U.S Coast Guard after falling from Grandeur of the Seas late Saturday.

The U.S. Coast Guard said a crewmember aboard the Grandeur of the Seas contacted them around 10 pm. They launched a rescue boat from Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes, located in southern Maryland on the west side of the Chesapeake Bay.

After being transported to the Point Lookout Marina, she was then airlifted to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

There has been no update on her condition or how the incident occured.

Lifeboats arrive for Quantum of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on July 30, 2014 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

With the float-out of Royal Caribbean's latest vessel, Qauntum of the Seas, expected to be on Saturday 9th August, the ships' lifeboats and tenders are starting to arrive.

Image: / North Sea Man

The futuristic lifeboats are being built at the Fassmer shipyard just outside of Bremen, which is approximately 100km away from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. They are then being transported by inland waterways and expected to arrive in Papenburg on Thursday.

Each lifeboat is 12.5 meters long and 5.4 meters wide. Quantum of the Seas will be outfitted before entering service in November 2014.

Fire causes $68,000 damage on Anthem of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on June 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (1)

According to Cruise Critic, a fire broke out on board Anthem of the Seas yesterday, 5th June.

Image: Meyer Werft

The fire has caused around $68,000 worth of damage and the origin of the fire is believed to have been a cabin located on Deck 3. 

The production area was immediately evacuated and the fire was controlled and extinguished.

A statement from Royal Caribbean said: "Two people were treated for slight smoke poisoning at a hospital in Papenburg, no one else was harmed.

"Approximately EUR50,000 worth of damage has been reported. The fire originated from a cabin on deck 3, however a cause has not yet been established."

Adventure of the Seas stranded at sea

Posted by RCI fans on March 23, 2014 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean Fans has been informed that Adventure of the Seas was stranded last night due to a broken propeller.

We reported earlier in the week, that Adventure of the Seas was suffering propulsion problems in St Kitts, after an oil leak. 

One of our followers on Twitter, first informed us of the new problem, tweeting; "Ship has been dead in the water for 12+ hours now #royallystranded #adventureoftheseas"

"Captain has just confirmed a broken propeller. We've been in the same spot for 12 hours."

"Departed at 1140pm going 5 knots towards San Juan. ETA is 9am."

There has been no word from Royal Caribbean at this time, but we will continue to monitor this story and update you.



Adventure of the Seas has now safely docked in San Juan at 11am EDT. Otto Bruno, a passenger currently onboard, posted this image of workers investigating the damage.

Royal Caribbean is reportedly giving passengers a $300 future cruise credit and $150 for airfare arrangements as compensation. 


Adventure of the Seas has remained docked in San Juan for the past 2 days, undergoing repairs. Royal Caribbean expects the ship to sail later tonight on its original itinerary, however cancelling its first port of call, Barbados.

Guests staying in interior, oceanview, and balcony staterooms will receive $250 in on board credit. Guests staying in suites will receive $500 in on board credit. Each 3rd and 4th guest in each stateroom will receive $75 in on board credit.

Adventure of the Seas suffering propulsion problems

Posted by RCI fans on March 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Adventure of the Seas has become the latest cruise ship to face propulsion problems over recent months, which have included Allure of the Seas, Azamara Journey and Celebrity Millennium.

Adventure of the Seas has been forced to cancel 2 ports of call in Aruba and Curacao, after oil loss from a propulsion unit delayed the ships departure from St Kitts.

Cynthia Martinez, director of global corporate communications from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, confirmed the issue, stating  "Yesterday, as Adventure of the Seas was arriving to St. Kitts, the ship became aware of oil loss from the ship's fixipod. Oil booms were immediately placed around the ship to contain the oil. Engineers required additional time in port in order to continue working on the issue."

Adventure of the Seas was delayed in St Kitts until 3am. A permanent repair could not be completed, therefore the fixipod will remain offline until the ship enters drydock on 30th March for her revitalization, where additional work can be carried out. 

The fault will cause the ship to sail at a slower speed, however Royal Caribbean have stated that future itineraries in the meantime, will not be affected. 

Azamara Journey suffering propeller problem

Posted by RCI fans on February 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Reports of an abnormal vibration on board Azamara Journey, has lead maintenance crew to discover a damaged propeller.

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Further inspection of the propeller, forced Azamara to cancel the current sailing and has since had to cancel the 3rd March cruise.

The Azamara Journey is operating as normal, but sailing at a reduced speed. The ship is expected to arrive in Kyoto on February 28th, where passengers will be met by Azamara’s President and CEO, Larry Pimentel, and Bert Van Middendorp, Vice President of Operations.

When the ship docks on 28th February, guests will remain on board the ship until March 2nd, where they will be flown to Shanghai and provided hotels for the night.

The Azamara Journey was originally scheduled to disembark in Shanghai on March 3rd, but this sailing has had to be cancelled, so that maintenance can be carried out.

Norovirus: What is it and how can I prevent it?

Posted by RCI fans on January 31, 2014 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Norovirus is a common and ever increasing concern for cruise travellers. But what exactly is it, what are the symptoms and how can we prevent catching it?

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Norovirus is a mild gastrointestinal illness, causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. It is usually short lived and is easily treatable and is very rarely serious.


One of the main reasons Norovirus is such a concern is because it is highly contagious. The virus can easily be transferred to other people by physical contact, such as hand shaking and contact with surfaces, like handrails, elevator buttons and utensils. On land, Norovirus is less of a concern, but because on a cruise ship, there are thousands of people in a compact space, the virus can be transferred much easier.


The symptoms...

Most people will have nausea, suffer from diarrhoea or feel the need to vomit. Some people will also experience headaches, fever and stomach cramps. These symptoms last around 1-3 days. It takes around 48 hours for the Norovirus to affect you.


The treatment...

It is important to drink lots of fluids, such as water. This will help to stop dehydration. The ships doctor may also prescribe medicine for symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea. It is important to note that antibiotics are not effective against Norovirus.



Cruise ships are regularly inspected for cleanliness by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention institute. These measures are in place to prevent possible outbreaks, however these measures are not always enough.

You can reduce the risk of catching Norovirus by frequently washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds whenever eating, drinking, smoking, using the bathroom or coughing and sneezing. Hand Sanitisers are always available around cruise ships and can usually be found near eating venues and other facilities, such as the theatre.

Crew Member goes overboard on Celebrity Constellation

Posted by RCI fans on January 30, 2014 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

A crew member on board Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Constellation has fallen overboard in the Caribbean Sea. 

The Miami Coast Guard is currently searching for the missing crew member, believed to be Inyoman Bagiada, 45, from Indonesia. He is said to have fallen overboard in the early hours of Wednesday morning near the Yucatan Channel, around 20 miles off the Cuban coast. Bagiada was discovered missing at 10:30am.

The cruise line says a pair of shoes were discovered next to a deck railing, and a review of CCTV footage showed “a person going overboard.” Officials said the ship’s location at the time the person went overboard was then reported to the Coast Guard. A spokeswoman for the cruise line said the man had already been in the water for a few hours once camera footage revealed what had happened.