|Posted by RCI fans on January 1, 2014 at 8:10 AM||comments (0)|
A passenger has gone missing on board Independence of the Seas off the coast of the Cayman Islands.
A 65-year old man, from Canada, was reported missing on Tuesday morning by his wife, shortly before the ship was due to dock in Grand Cayman.
A full search of the ship took place and playback of CCTV footage has found no results. Search operations by the coast guard, were also conducted until the evening without success.
According to the police, the mans wife sai they went to bed at around 1am on Tuesday, but when she woke up at 8am, he was not there.
The Freedom-class vessel is on a 6-night cruise from Fort Laurderdale , which departed on Sunday.
This is the second passenger in the last week to go missing from a Royal Caribbean ship. On Saturday, a man jumped overboard on Adventure of the Seas near San Juan.
|Posted by RCI fans on December 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
According to Cruise Law News, a man has reportedly fallen overboard on Adventure of the Seas.
A passenger currently on board at the time expalined the situation on the website; "Man overboard Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas. Close enough to San Juan to be getting AT&T service right now.
At about 8:45 - 9:00 PM, the Captain came over loudspeaker and announced that a man had "jumped" overboard. They also said they believed he was in his mid 20s. About 30 - 45 minutes later they announced the arrival of a Coast Guard helicopter. I can verify. When the announcement was made I went on deck and witnessed the ship turning around. They launched life preservers with lights attached as well as two rescue boats. There were spotlights at first and brighter ones joined later. There was talk spreading throughout the ship that people had witnessed the pulling the spotlights out of the theater or ice rink."
"I wrote that at about 11 last night. We are now heading to port. Captain told us there would be a 4 hour delay and that he extended condolences to the family. No more information at this time."
The man is believed to have jumped from deck 6.
The image below shows Adventure of the Seas' search route which took place between 8pm and 3am.
Royal Caribbean informed guests joining the ship in San Juan, not to arrive until 1pm.
Instagram user, philippedesr, who was onboard last night posted this image of the rescue operation.
Royal Caribbean spokeswoman, Cynthia Martinez, said that the captain of the Adventure of the Seas stopped the ship, turned around and alerted authorities after a passenger reported seeing the person going overboard late on Saturday.
She also mentioned footage of the incident was captured by the ship's cameras.
The Coast Guard has identified the passenger as 26-year-old Tien Phuoc Nguyen, who was on the cruise with his family.
"We will continue to search until we determine that all probability of survival has been extended," Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad said.
|Posted by RCI fans on December 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM||comments (0)|
The world's largest passenger ship, Allure of the Seas has reportedly left lifeboat number 1 behind in Nassau after a mechanical failure.
A passenger currently on board told the Cruise Critic message boards that Allure of the Seas was over 2 hours late leaving the port of Nassau due to an issue with the lift cable of lifeboat number 1.
One of the cables which hauls the lifeboat in and out of the water appeared to have snapped whilst crew were conducting a lifeboat drill.
After speaking to the Royal Caribbean headquaters, shipyard and Bahamas authorities, Allure of the Seas left the lifeboat behind, which the ship will be picking back up on it's way back, once they have repaired the cable.
Cruise Critic member, Lukkie, posted a picture of the lifeboat left tied up alongside the dock...
|Posted by RCI fans on December 7, 2013 at 6:15 AM||comments (0)|
A St Maarten cruise schedule has revealed that Anthem of the Seas will make bi-weekly stops at the Caribbean port.
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas will make her first stop in St Maarten on 9th November 2015, after she leaves Southampton earlier that month to begin the winter season sailing from Fort Lauderdale.
However, she will not make another call into the port until a month later on 9th December 2015. After which she will operate a bi-weekly schedule calling at St Maarten. It is unknown where the ship will sail to during that time, although it may be likely that several 'taster cruises' will take place.
Her final call in St Maarten, will be 21st April 2016, where she will then sail back to Southampton for her summer season.
|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 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
Propulsion issues are affecting the world's largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas.
Image: Cruisers Connect
Royal Caribbean International is reporting that a significant reduction in the ship's speed has caused delays and shortened calls during its past two Eastern Caribbean sailings.
Cynthia Martinez, Director of Global Corporate Communications, said "Allure of the Seas currently has a small restriction on her top speed. All equipment is fully operational, and there is no impact on the maneuverability of the ship or on the safety of our guests and crew."
Due to the speed reduction, the cruise line has had to shorten stops in Nassau and St Thomas for the past two sailings.
Royal Caribbean also had to reduce the time in the ports during the October 27 - November 3 sailing. Nassau's cal was shortened by 1 hour, where as the stop in St Thomas was shortened by 3 hours.
Cynthia went on to explain that the company is "currently exploring various options that would fix the problem."
"The plan is to get Allure back up to top speed."
|Posted by RCI fans on October 4, 2013 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
Celebrity Cruises has announced a series of concerts, Q&A sessions and autograph signings by finalists from American Idol.
Image: American Idol/FOX
Two singers will perform on each cruise in the Caribbean during Christmas.
Finalists will appear on 7-night cruises on board Celebrity Reflection, Summit and Silhouette. They will also appear on a 5-night cruise on board Celebrity Constellation, a 10-night cruise on board Equinox as well as a 14-night voyage on board Celebrity Eclipse.
The line-up of performers include, Bo Bice, Blake Lewis, Elliot Yamin, Kimberly Caldwell, Melinda Doolittle, Matt Giraud and Mikalah Gordon.
|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 February 7, 2013 at 5:55 AM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean has released the 2014-2015 schedule for the summer Caribbean and northeast itineraries for Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas.
In summer 2014, Allure of the Seas will offer 7-night eastern Caribbean itineraries on June 8, 22; July 6, 20; August 3, 17, 2014. Allure will also sail 7-night western Caribbean itineraries on June 1, 15, 29; July 13, 27; August 10, 24, 2014.
Oasis of the Seas will also offer 7-night eastern Caribbean itineraries on June 14, 28; July 12, 26; August 9, 23, 2014. The 7-night western Caribbean sailings aboard Oasis will occur on June 7, 21; July 5, 19; August 2, 16, 2014.
Explorer of the Seas will sail out of Bayonne, New Jersey in Summer 2014 and offer 5-night Bermuda cruises on May 3, 17, 31; June 14, 28; July 12, 26; August 9, 23, 2014. Explorer will also offer 9-night Bermuda and Caribbean itineraries on May 8, 22; June 5, 19; July 3, 17, 31; August 14, 2014.
Grandeur of the Seas will cruise out Baltimore, Maryland and offer 6-night Bermuda cruises on April 26, 2014. Grandeur will also offer 7-night Bahamas cruises on May 2, 16, 30; June 13, 27; July 11, 25; August 8, 22, 2014. Slightly different 7-night Bermuda itineraries will be available on Grandeur of the Seas on May 9, 23; June 6, 20; July 4, 18; August 1, 15, 2014.
Freedom of the Seas will continue to offer 7-night eastern Caribbean cruises out of Port Canaveral on May 4, 18; June 1, 15, 29; July 13, 27; August 10, 24, 2014. Freedom will also offer 7-night western Caribbean itineraries on May 11, 25; June 8, 22; July 6, 20; August 3, 17, 2014.
Royal Caribbean will roll out the rest of its 2014-2015 deployment schedule as follows
Fall Bermuda & Canada: March 6, 2013
Alaska: March 13, 2013
Europe & Transatlantics: March 14-28, 2013
Australia and Hawaii: April 10, 2013
Winter Caribbean and Northeast: April 18, 2013
Short Caribbean and Bahamas: April 23, 2013
Brazil, Asia and Panama: Coming soon
|Posted by RCI fans on September 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
A female passenger on the worlds largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, went overboard Sunday night as the 5,400-passenger ship was sailing to Nassau.
In a statement, Royal Caribbean said another passenger witnessed the 21-year-old American, who was alone in her cabin at the time, go overboard at about 9:25 p.m. EDT. "The ship's Captain immediately stopped the ship, turned around, and alerted the U.S. and Bahamian Coast Guard," read the statement.
The line said a review of Allure's closed-circuit camera footage also showed the passenger going over the side. The location of the ship at the time the passenger went overboard was marked on the ship's GPS system. Two other ships in the area, Carnival Fascination and Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas, assisted Allure with the search.
At 3:30 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard assumed control of the search and released the cruise ships. The passenger has not been found.
Because of the time spent searching, Allure was unable to make its scheduled port of call to Nassau, Bahamas, on Monday, September 17. The ship will instead spend the day at sea and will arrive in St. Maarten on Wednesday, September 19, as scheduled.
Allure is sailing a seven-night Caribbean itinerary that departed Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on September 16, with ports of call at Nassau; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.
This is not the first reported overboard on Allure. In February, Kenneth Gemmell jumped over the side while the ship was sailing off the coast of Cozumel.