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Suspicious Package found near Jewel of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on April 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments 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.

Pelican recovering after hitting Jewel of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on December 28, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

An injured pelican is recovering at a Tamva animal hospital after landing on the deck of Jewel of the Seas. 

According to Royal Caribbean, the pelican landed on deck 12 of the port side of Jewel of the Seas on Wednesday. The ship was returning from Mexico. Crew managed to safely capture the injured pelican and brought it to Hillsborough County Animal Services the next day. 

The bird is being treated for dehydration and a minor wing injury that will require rehabilitation.

Jewel of the Seas hits overhead cable

Posted by RCI fans on September 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

A member of crew was injured on board Jewel of the Seas today as the vessel struck a power cable when it was entering the port of Klaksvik in the Faroe Islands.


After receiving immediate medical treatment on board, the crewman was transferred to a local hospital, accompanied by a member of the ship's care team.


It is understood that the overhead cable, stretching betwen the islands of Bordoy and Eysturoy, remained intact but damage was caused to equipment on a mast and to the mast itself. The crewman was hit by falling debris.


Jewel of the Seas was given a ceremonial farewell when it left the Harwich for the last time on Friday after being based in the Essex port for the past nine summer seasons. The ship had called at Le Havre, Portland in Dorset, Cork and Dublin en route to the Faroes.


Royal Caribbean has yet to explain how the ship could have come to hit the cable.


A statement said the incident had not affected the ship's seaworthiness, stating that "Local officials responded to Jewel of the Seas, and after inspecting the damage to the ship concluded that the ship can safely sail."

Its next port of call is scheduled to be Reykjavik in Iceland on Saturday.

Harwich says goodbye to Jewel

Posted by RCI fans on August 31, 2012 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Jewel of the Seas, which has been based in the Essex port for the past nine summer seasons, sailed away for the last time today.




Since its first cruise from Harwich in 2004, she has carried 400,000 passengers on cruises to the Baltics. She is now being relocated to the US port of Boston, Massachussetts, where she will offer 7 night voyages to new England and Canada. She will also be cruising from Tampa, Florida operating 4 ,5 and 7 night Caribbean cruises.

To mark its departure, a ceremony was held on board the ship with Captain Stig Nilsen, Royal Caribbean's port operations manager Adam Sharp, and Harwich Mayor John Thurlow along with his wife Patricia, who is Mayoress.

Jewel of the Seas set sail on a 16-night repositioning voyage to Boston and will be makng a rare visit to the Island of Portland in Dorset, on Sunday.

Jewel of the Seas will be replaced with Brilliance of the Seas, which is also a Radiance class ship. Brilliance will arrive in Harwich next summer after her dry dock period in May. Royal Caribbean International's sister line, Celebrity Cruises will also base the 2,154 passenger Celebrity Infinity in Harwich.