Explorer Of The Seas cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9161728, owned by Royal Caribbean. Among the unfortunate events at sea are collisions, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), rescue operations, machinery malfunctions.
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Explorer Of The Seas accidents & incidents
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Ship collision accident
- September 14, 2012, the ship was docked and moored in Kings Wharf (Bermuda) when strong winds pushed the NCL ship Norwegian Star at the its stern. Both ships suffered only minor damages and continued their itineraries.
- August 2, 2005, after leaving Miami FL, at about 10 pm the ship experienced listing. It tilted to one side for about 10 min. The cause for the incident was a stabilizer (retracted at a faster rate than normal).
- February 16, 2008 (boat rescue), while the ship was en-route to Florida from Cape Liberty (Bayonne, New Jersey) on a 9-days Caribbean cruise, the crew on the Navigation Bridge heard a faint distress call with accident coordinates over the radio. It was sent from the crew of a 39 ft / 36 m sailing yacht named “Tumbleweed”. The yacht was motionless, experiencing breakdown of both its engine and sails. The yacht’s location was 275 ml / 440 km southeast of North Carolina, and she was drifting in the area for 11 days. The Explorer cruise ship located the boat and rescued all three men, who left the ship in San Juan (Puerto Rico) on Feb 21.
- January 29, 2009, while leaving the Samana port (Dominican Republic), one of the ship’s propellers struck an unidentified object under water and was bent. The 11-day itinerary was changed (Labadee and San Juan were skipped) and the ship returned in Bayonne NJ on Feb 1. On Jan 30, the vessel stopped near Turks & Caicos islands and drifted for over 1 hour while divers inspected and photographed the damaged propeller. The ship proceeded at reduced cruising speed to St Thomas (USVI), where divers repaired the bent propeller. The St Thomas port stay was extended 6 hours.
- February 28, 2010, while en-route to Puerto Rico, at about 4 am the ship experienced 45-degree listing (tilted). Some said the ship was close to capsizing. For brief moments, passengers cabins on deck 3 (window staterooms) were under water. At 4:30 am the Captain publicly announced “losing control of the ship”. The ship listing lasted about 2 min. The cause for the incident was the ship’s autopilot that failed for a minute after the wind changed. In Sun Juan, many passengers were taken to local hospital for treatments.
- November 28, 2015, the two largest cruise ships deployed in the South Pacific Ocean met in Sydney Harbour (Australia). Both Royal Caribbean ships Explorer and the Voyager of the Seas carried over 10,000 passengers/crew for the celebration. The Explorer was ending a 16-days Australia-New Zealand itinerary from Fremantle/Perth (through Adelaide and Melbourne) and called on Sydney for the first time. On the same day, the Voyager left Sydney on a 7-days itinerary to Melbourne and Hobart Tasmania. The special rendezvous event started at 6 pm near Fort Denison, with both ships performing maneuvres and a water-supply tugboat doing the traditional water-spraying show.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- May 5, 2010, a 26-year-old male crew jumped overboard. The man was working as bartender on the ship. The suicidal jump was recorded on a CCTV camera. The vessel turned around and circled the area for about 2 hours, but the body was never found. The accident happened 8 hours after the ship left Sun Juan Puerto Rico.
- October 11, 2010, a male passenger died on the ship (from natural causes). He was found dead in his cabin.
- June 9, 2011, a 52-year-old female passenger died in Mangrove Bay (Somerset Island). The woman was on helmet diving tour along with her family when began to experience breathing difficulties. CPR was given, then she was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. Med staff was unable to revive her and at the hospital she was pronounced dead (suspected heart attack).
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- Reports on crew and passengers arrested for possession of illegal drugs (marijuana) were filed in 2011 (October 12, August 3, April 12), 2010 (Aug 11).
- February 9, 2011, newspaper reports a 32-year-old male crew (working as waiter on the ship) was arrested and later sentenced 15 years in jail for cocaine smuggling into Bermuda. He was the organizer of a drug smuggling ring. Onboard CCTV camera records showed another male crew (from jamaica) moving the bag with nearly 4 kilos of cocaine around the ship. The street value of the drugs was US$735,000.
- December 12, 2011, a 21-year-old female passenger experienced appendicitis symptoms. She was medevaced by USCG and transported to Key West (Lower Keys Medical Center). The ship was en-route back to homeport Port Everglades (Ft Lauderdale, FL).
- September 14, 2012, while the ship was en-route to Bermuda from Bayonne, New Jersey, a 46-year-old male passenger was caught stealing Spa products of nearly US$3000 worth. The items were stolen from the ship’s Spa while Spa staff were not looking, and after he and his wife had massages there.
- September 22, 2016, a 66-year-old male passenger suffering internal bleeding (condition unclear) was medevaced by USCG at ~4:30 am and aiambulanced to the Port Angeles’ Olympic Memorial Hospital. The ship was operating on a 7-day Alaskan cruise from Seattle WA (itinerary Sept 16-23).
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- February-March 2006, CDC reported on voyage Feb 26 to Mar 5, a major Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 243 passengers (out of 3245, or 7,5%) and 19 crew (out of 1184, or 1,6%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was operating on an 8-days Southern Caribbean cruise itinerary from homeport Miami Florida.
- April 2006, CDC reported on voyage Apr 23 to 30, a Noro virus outbreak affected 117 passengers (out of 3292, or 3,6%) and 15 crew (out of 1188, or 1,3%). The ship was on a 7-days Caribbean cruise from Miami.
- January 2014, CDC reported on voyage Jan 21 to 31, a major Noro virus outbreak affected a total of 634 passengers (out of 3071, or 20,6%) and 55 crew (out of 1166, or 4,7%). The ship was operating on a 10-days Eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary from homeport Cape Liberty (Bayonne, New Jersey). On Jan 24 (en-route to St Martin), 281 passengers and 22 crew experienced the Noro virus symptoms. CDC sent an officer and an epidemiologist to the vessel on Jan 26, who boarded it in St Thomas (USVI). By Jan 27, the number of Norovirus cruise passengers increased to 564, plus 47 crew. The voyage was cancelled (Puerto Rico and Tahiti were dropped). When the ship returned to Bayonne NJ, the number of sick was already 634 passengers and 55 crew.
- December 2015, an Australian news media reported a Noro virus illness outbreak affecting 182 passengers and crew, which is 3,9% of all the carried 3566 passengers and 1139 crew. The shipowner Royal Caribbean notified the NSW Health authorities of the outbreak. When the ship docked in homeport Sydney (~6 am on Dec 16), at the Overseas Passenger Terminal ambulance paramedic teams were on standby to take the sick to a hospital for treatment. No medevacs or passengers requiring hospitalization were reported. The incident occurred on a 14-days Australia to New Zealand cruise (itinerary Dec 2 – 16, roundtrip from Sydney AU) with call ports Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Picton, Dunedin, Fjordland Park.
- 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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