Anthem Of The Seas cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9656101, owned by Royal Caribbean. Among the unfortunate events at sea are Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
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Anthem Of The Seas accidents & incidents
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- February 11, 2011, the vessel’s order (coded “Project Sunshine”) was announced by the shipowner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL). The vessel represents a new passenger cruise ship class of all three ships, the first of which (named Quantum Of The Seas) was delivered in 2014. The third vessel of this class was named Ovation Of The Seas, and scheduled for launch in April 2016.
- February 29, 2012 the RCCL company announced the Anthem ship’s order, with scheduled launch in 2015.
- January 31, 2013, the new class of RCI ships was officially named “Quantum Class”. On this day were also officially announced the names of the first two vessels – Quantum and Anthem.
- February 7, 2016, while en-route from NY to Florida (off the South Carolina’s coast) carrying 4529 pax and 1616 crew, at ~ 3:30 pm the vessel was caught in a severe storm. The storm was classified as a category 2 hurricane equivalent – with extreme winds (over 120 mph / 190 kph) and rogue waves (up to 30 ft / 9 m). The result was severe listing (~20 degrees on occasions), 4 passengers sustaining minor injuries, ship interior damages (in cabins and public areas- broken glassware, crockery, furniture, balcony doors and partitions, floodings, ceiling panels) and eventually – cruise cancellation. The ship operated on a 7-days Bahamas cruise round-trip from Bayonne New York (itinerary Feb 6 – 13) with scheduled call ports Port Canaveral, Nassau and Coco Cay (RCI’s private island). The Anthem arrived late in Port Canaveral (on Feb 8). Considering the rough sea conditions, Royal Caribbean decided to cancel the voyage and to return the ship to Cape Liberty (Bayonne NJ /port arrival Feb 10, at ~9 pm). All passengers were given the option to immediately disembark or stay on board overnight. They were also fully refunded and given additional 50% in future RCI cruise onboard credit. After the inspection, USCG reported the vessel’s propulsion system was partially damaged during the storm. The portside azipod was rendered inoperable so the ship had to maneuver with a single thruster pod.
- March 28, 2017, a technical issue (with a propulsion motor) resulted in reduced cruising speed (17 kn instead of 22 kn / 31 kph instead of 41 kph) and itinerary change. The scheduled itinerary (March 26 – April 2, roundtrip from Cape Liberty, NYC) was to Florida and Bahamas (Port Canaveral, Coco Cay, Nassau). The revised itinerary was with 2 consecutive sea days (March 27 and 28), followed by CocoCay (MAr 29), then Nassau (overnight, Mar 29-30) then Port Canaveral (Mar 31) and Sea Day (Apr 1) before the return to NYC.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- November 21, 2015, the ship returned a day early to homeport Bayonne NJ (New York) due to a major medical emergency. Via the PA system, the ship’s Captain only mentioned “four critically ill passengers” – stating specifically they were in a critical condition. According to unofficial information, 3 of them had died. The incident occurred in the end of a 12-days Southern Caribbean itinerary (Nov 10-22 scheduled) visiting Puerto Rico, Barbados, Martinique, St Kitts and St Maarten.
- June 30, 2016, an 8-year-old boy nearly drowned on the ship. Soon after departure from Bayonne (Cape Liberty, New Jersey), the boy (of Dutch origin) was found unresponsive at the bottom of a swimming pool. The USCG was notified about the incident around 7 pm. The Anthem ship had to return back to Bayonne, where the kid was hospitalized and placed on life-support. He was part of a 49-passenger group from The Netherlands. Royal Caribbean provided 2 buses to pick up and transport all of them to a nearby hotel. Sadly, on July 2nd the boy died.
- November 30, 2016, two male passengers (of US origin) were found dead onboard, after the ship docked in San Juan Puerto Rico. Both bodies showed no signs of violence. Both men – Joseph Ambrussi (62-year-old) and William Forsytte (55-year-old) were traveling with their spouses. Both deaths were attributed to natural causes. The Anthem ship was operating on a 13-days Southern Caribbean Cruise round-trip from NYC (itinerary Nov 27 – Dec 9), also visiting St Maarten, Antigua, Barbados, Martinique, and St Kitts.
- March 17, 2017, an elderly female passenger was found dead in the ship’s swimming pool.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- September 2, 2015, in the evening, via the PA system a code “Alpha” was alerted (meaning “medical emergency”). On the next day (Sept 3) at ~11 am, a male passenger was medevaced together with his family by helicopter and flown ashore to a Portuguese hospital. During the airlifting procedure, all public areas and the sports facilities on Deck 16 aft (the simulators FlowRider and RipCord, and the rock climbing wall) were closed. The incident occurred in the Atlantic waters, off the Portugal’s coast. The ship was operating on a 14-days roundtrip Mediterranean cruise itinerary from the UK homeport Southampton England (Aug 29 – Sept 15), with call ports Gibraltar, Cartagena, Rome, La Spezia, Marseille, Cadiz, Lisbon.
- February 18, 2017, a 75-year-old female passenger was medevaced by the USCG while the cruise ship was 110 ml (180 km) off the Cape Hatteras (North Carolina) coast. The elderly woman went into diabetic shock. She was airlifted and flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by an USCG helicopter dispatched from Air Station Elizabeth City (NC).
- July 30, 2017, an 82-year-old male passenger suffering from abdominal pains was medevaced from the ship at ~1:45 am. An USCG MH-65 Dolphin helicopter was dispatched from Air Station Atlantic City. The elderly man was airlifted and transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (New Jersey). The ship was approx 70 ml (110 km) east of Atlantic City NJ, operating on a 5-day Bermuda cruise from NYC (Cape Liberty NJ, itinerary Jul 29-Aug 3) to Kings Wharf.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- February 2016, the 12-day Southern Caribbean itinerary (Feb 21 to Mar 4) roundtrip from Cape Liberty (New Jersey / New York) was cancelled on Feb 28. The ship returned to NYC 2 days before schedule (on Mar 2) skipping 2 Caribbean port calls (Barbados and St Kitts). The RCI’s official statement was that the decision was based on “weather forecast”. However, cruise ship passengers reported over 65 people with Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) being quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours. As compensation for the cancelled cruise, all passengers received a 2-day refund plus 50% of the current cruise price applied to a future Royal Caribbean cruise. Airline change fees were also covered by the company. On March 3, CDC issued an official report on the Noro virus (gastrointestinal illness) outbreak on the ship, which affected a total of 125 passengers (out of 4061, or 3,1%) and 16 crew (out of 1592, or 1%).
- Note: When the itinerary doesn’t include US cruise ports, the ship is not required to report to CDC, thus no official illness report would be issued.
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