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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.


UPDATES:


23/03

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. 


25/03

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.

Passenger missing from Independence of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on January 1, 2014 at 8:10 AM Comments 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.

UPDATE: Man falls overboard on Adventure of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on December 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM Comments 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.


 


UPDATE


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.

 

 



Allure of the Seas leaves lifeboat behind

Posted by RCI fans on December 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM Comments 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...



Anthem of the Seas to call at St Maarten every 2 weeks

Posted by RCI fans on December 7, 2013 at 6:15 AM Comments 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. 

Freedom of the Seas performs 3 medevacs in 1 day

Posted by RCI fans on December 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM Comments 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."

Propulsion problems affect Allure of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on November 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM Comments 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."

American Idol finalists to appear on Celebrity Cruises

Posted by RCI fans on October 4, 2013 at 2:40 PM Comments 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.

Fire on board Grandeur of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on May 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM Comments 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.

Royal Caribbean unveals schedule for 2014-2015 cruises

Posted by RCI fans on February 7, 2013 at 5:55 AM Comments 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