Brilliance Of The Seas cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9195200, owned by Royal Caribbean. Among the unfortunate events at sea are Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), bad weather incidents, machinery malfunctions, rescue operations.
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Brilliance Of The Seas accidents & incidents
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- January 2, 2007, the ship experienced a power loss for ~2 1/2 hours on a New Year cruise roundtrip from Miami FL.
- August 22, 2007, while docked in Civitavecchia (port to Rome, Italy), at ~1:45 pm a freak storm with heavy winds hit the ship, casing it to list to portside. Soon the aft mooring lines snapped, and the vessel swung out to the middle of the Civitavecchia harbor. During this bad weather caused incident, both gangways (telescopic bridges) fell in the water. Local divers were contracted to locate them.
- October 22, 2012, during the Oct 12-22 Canada New England cruise (roundtrip itinerary from Quebec City), the ship delayed its departure due to an undisclosed mechanical problem. Later, upon leaving the port of Sydney NS the captain announced that the vessel’s anchor was lost and had to be recovered. On Oct 20, at ~2 am, a broken pipe incident caused flooding in the deck 8’s hall.
Cuban refugees cruise ship rescue incident
- On March 18, 2016, the Royal Caribbean ship Brilliance was en-route from Tampa to Mexico, on a 4-day Western Caribbean cruise to Cozumel (itinerary March 17-21). The ship was off the Florida’s coast (west of Marco Island) when the crew spotted a homemade raft boat with Cuban refugees trying to get to the USA. The boat was drifting, without any safety or navigation equipment, and at sea for 22 days. Unfortunately, of all the 27 migrants on the boat, 9 were already dead. The other 18 were suffering from severe dehydration but were successfully rescued by the cruise ship.
- Note: Cruise ship operators have agreed to inform the USCG if they spot Cuban refugees in open sea and to rescue them if needed.
- Similar cruise ship rescue incidents happened on Carnival Paradise (Mar 4, 2014, 24 people rescued), Carnival Ecstasy (Mar 25, 2014, 41 people rescued), Carnival Liberty (Aug 22, 2014, 11 people rescued), Carnival Breeze (May 9, 2015, 25 people rescued), Disney Wonder (Feb 13, 2016, 12 people rescued), Coral Princess (Apr 14, 7 people rescued). All the Cuban refugee boats were reported being both unseaworthy and overcrowded.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- July 5, 2005, a male passenger in his 20s was reported missing when the ship docked in Kusadasi (Turkey). The young man (George Allen Smith IV) was on a honeymoon Mediterranean cruise, and presumed fallen overboard.
- December 14, 2010, a 56-year-old female passenger died during the heavy storm in the Mediterranean (see below). The woman (Barbara Davey, from UK) died after being thrown around her cabin due to the ship’s rocky movements. The elderly woman was seriously injured in the head and 3 days later lapsed into coma. In January, her husband authorized doctors to remove her from life support. On Jan 30, 2011, the family filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean. It was mentioned, that during the storm, the Captain announced publicly that he had turned the stabilizers off.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- December 14, 2010, a violent storm battered the ship en-rote to Alexandria, Egypt, while on a 12-night Mediterranean cruise itinerary roundtrip from Barcelona, Spain. There were reported “hurricane winds” (up to 80 mph / 130 kph) and 30 ft / 9 m waves causing the ship to tilt heavily several times in the middle of the night (~2 am). There were numerous complains about furniture and beds tossed around, objects falling, broken glass. All 30 passengers suffered minor injuries (bruises, feet cuts) and two sustained fractures. They all were treated in the onboard infirmary. The ship suffered interior damages, including broken TVs, furniture, windows (deck 3 and 4). Some cabins lost electricity. Among the most damaged facilities were the beauty parlor, the video games arcade and the disco nightclub. As compensation, all passengers received full refund and an onboard credit.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- February 2004, CDC reported on voyage Feb 16 to 27, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 78 passengers (out of 2187, or 3,6%) and 16 crew (out of 842, or 1,9%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.
- 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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