Grandeur Of The Seas cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9102978, owned by Royal Caribbean. Among the unfortunate events at sea are collision, fire, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), boat rescue, machinery malfunctions.
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Grandeur Of The Seas accidents & incidents
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Pier collision accident
- April 20, 2005, while maneuvering for docking in Costa Maya, Mexico, the ship crushed in the pier. The collision resulted in a 42 ft / 13 m long, 5 ft / 1,5 m wide gush in the hull. The damaged section was located bow-starboard on crew deck 1 (~5 ft / 1,5 m above waterline). Royal Caribbean later announced that the accident was due to sudden winds (17 mph / 28 kph) combined with strong water current (3,5 mph / 5,6 kph). Because the vessel had to stay in Costa Maya 2 more days for materials to patch the gash, the next 7-day itinerary was shortened to 5-days.
- The RCI line offered passengers transportation from Mexico to New Orleans or onboard credit as compensation if they chose to stay on the ship. All passengers received US$250 onboard credit per cabin. Later, the ship entered drydock for repairs.
- Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).
- May 27, 2013, the ship was on a 7-day Bahamas cruise out of Baltimore MD (starting May 24). With 2224 guests and 796 crew, the vessel was en-route to Coco Cay, Bahamas (aka Little Stirrup Cay /private island) when a fire broke out in its aft mooring area (on deck 3) and soon spread out to the crew lounge area (on Deck 4). The fire accident started at 2:50 AM. It was extinguished by 5 AM. Passengers were assembled at muster stations for several hours as a precaution. No injuries were reported. However, major damages were reported in the aft sections of decks 3, 4, 5. The vessel continued under own power to Bahamas. The remainder of the voyage was canceled. All passengers were flown from Freeport, Bahamas, back to their points of residence. USCG Miami diverted 3 cutters and a HC-144 aircraft to respond to the emergency. The Carnival cruise ship Carnival Sensation was also standing by to assist if needed. Royal Caribbean chartered all 11 flights to fly passengers back to Baltimore from Freeport.
- Next 6 scheduled cruises (in June, plus a July sailing) were cancelled. The ship returned to service on July 12, 2013.
- As compensation, all passengers from the May 24 cruise received full refund, plus a free Royal Caribbean cruise certificate. Booked passengers booked on the May 31 sailing received full refund, plus 50% off future Royal Caribbean cruise certificates. Booked passengers on other canceled voyages received full refund, plus 25% off future Royal Caribbean cruise certificates. During the “fire cruise”, all purchased drink packages were also fully refunded, and the specialty coffee was complimentary for all passengers.
- October 31, 2000, the ship experienced total power loss for 5 1/2 hours. Plumbing, air conditioning and lighting was later restored. The vessel had to be towed to Curacao (Willemstad port) for repairs, and was back in service 12 hours later.
- September 23, 2002, the ship was on a Panama Canal repositioning cruise (Ensenada, Baja Mexico, to New Orleans /departing Sept 21 to Oct 2). After stopping in Cabo San Lucas, the ship experienced problems with one of the diesel engines. The incident resulted in slower cruising speed. Royal Caribbean flew an engineering crew from Miami to Acapulco Mexico to fix the engine.
- September 10, 2006, the ship arrived late in Baltimore due to a rudder problem. As result, many passengers missed their flights. The next scheduled 7-day Bermuda cruise itinerary was changed to 3-day Cruise to Nowhere, returning in Baltimore as originally scheduled. As compensation, passengers received 50% refund and 25% discount on a future Royal Caribbean cruise. Those who preferred to cancel received a 125% credit for a future Royal Caribbean cruise. Passengers returning late to Baltimore received US$100 in cash toward flight changing fees.
- March 22, 2008, due to unknown reasons, the ship experienced power loss for ~30 min right before its departure from Baltimore. The investigation showed there was a problem with diesel generator number 3. A short circuit inside it caused damage to the unit’s winding ends and leads. After repairs were done, all generators tested OK.
- April 24, 2008, the ship experienced propulsion issues resulting in a 3 hour delayed Bermuda port arrival. All land tours were either cancelled or shortened. On the next day, the Captain announced the propulsion problems will cause a 3 1/2 hours late arrival in Baltimore MD (April 26). As compensation, each of all passengers received US$100 in cash to cover their transportation changes. Many passengers changed their flight arrangements according to the announced arrival times. However, the ship arrived in Baltimore later then announced previously, and additionally delayed the disembarkation process. Many were unable to get in time to the airport and missed their new flights too.
- February 25, 2009, while entering in Tampa Bay, the vessel lost 2 of all 4 diesel engines. It was able to maintain 14 mph / 22 kph cruising speed with only 2 operational engines (number 2 and 4). Two tug boats were assisting the ship to moor safely at Tampa Cruise Terminal 3. The incident was caused by the engines’ shutdown due to a condensation collected in the crankcase pipes. The condensation then vaporized and activated the mist detector, causing automatic shutdown of both engines.
- June 30, 2009, the ship experienced power loss to its emergency switchboard due to a malfunctioning inverter. Crew used a bypass connection to restore the switchboard power. During the incident, all generators were functioning correctly.
- November 28, 2012, the ship was on a Transatlantic cruise repositioning from Europe to Caribbean (Venice to Miami). The central ship areas suffered from a horrible smell of sewer during the entire Atlantic crossing. Crew was unable to solve the problem. Passengers also reported an oil spill incident during the vessel’s docking in Cadiz (port to Seville, Spain). The polluted spot was on the starboard side (midship), under one of the lifeboats (number 7). Crew contained the oil spillage placing barriers around the spot and using absorbent materials.
- January 16, 2017, in the afternoon, while the ship was docked in its homeport Charleston SC, one of its lifeboats fell down and remained in the water upside down. Fortunately, the boat was empty so no injuries were reported. The accident was caused by a broken cable. On Jan 17, the ship arrived in Miami without the fallen lifeboat.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- March 5, 2010, while the ship was at sea, a female passenger died after falling from her cabin’s balcony on deck 8 (portside aft) and landing on deck 5. She was traveling together with her husband and her mother in law. Report says the woman was intoxicated.
- February 18, 2011, a male crew went overboard and gone missing while the ship was off the Aruba coast.
- August 7, 2014, a 70-year-old male passenger jumped overboard. The elderly man was traveling alone. CCTV camera records revealed a suicide. The alert for a missing person was raised ~12 hours later, after reviewing the CCTV footage.
- August 20, 2016, a 45-year-old male passenger was found dead in his cabin. Foul play was not suspected. The incident occurred while the ship was docked in Bermuda on a 10-day round-trip Baltimore cruise itinerary (Aug 18-27) with call ports Kings Wharf and Bahamas (Nassau, and Coco Cay).
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- February 24, 2011, a 22-year-old and a 26-year-old male crew members were arrested for drug smuggling. The drug bust happened in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The ship had arrived from Colombia (Cartagena port). Customs staff found a total of 73 pounds (33 kilos) of cocaine. Both crew were of Jamaican origin.
- December 23, 2013, a 56-year-old female passenger was medevaced via USCG assets sent from Elizabeth City NC. The ship was at sea (location 300 ml 480 km east of Orlando FL.
- March 9, 2014, a 93-year-old male passenger suffered a head injury and was medevaced via USCG boat. The elderly man was then transported to Virginia Beach General Hospital.
- September 27, 2014, a 58-year-old female passenger was seriously injured after falling. She and her husband were medevaced via USCG rescue boat, transported to Point Lookout Marina, then airlifted to Baltimore.
- April 1, 2015, a 71-year-old female passenger suffered from abdominal pain. The elderly woman and her husband were medevaced by USCG helicopter, sent from Elizabeth City NC. When the incident happened, the ship was at sea (location 95 ml / 150 km east of Cape Lookout NC).
- August 9, 2015, on a 7-days Florida-Bahamas cruise from homeport Boston MD, the ship was transiting in the Chesapeake Bay (~10 ml / 16 km southwest of Tangier Island). At ~9:30 pm, it requested assistance from the USCG for the evacuation of a male passenger requiring prompt hospital care ashore. The man was medevaced (airlifted) via Maryland State Police helicopter AW-139 and transferred to PRMC (Peninsula Regional Medical Center) in Salisbury, Maryland.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- March 2006, CDC reported on voyage Mar 6 to 11, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 130 passengers (out of 2263, or 4,8%) and 11 crew (out of 754, or 1,5%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship operated on a 5-days Bahamas cruise itinerary roundtrip from homeport Tampa Florida.
- March-April 2014, CDC reported on voyage Mar 28 to Apr 5, a Noro virus outbreak affected 111 passengers (out of 2122, or 5,2%) and 6 crew (out of 790, or 0,8%). The ship was operating on 7-days Bahamas cruise itinerary to Nassau roundtrip from homeport Baltimore MD. On the next voyage (Apr 5 to 12), from Noro virus suffered a total of 97 passengers (out of 2120, or 4,6%) and 8 crew (out of 808, or 1%).
- January-February 2015, CDC reported on voyage Jan 24 to Feb 3, a major Norovirus outbreak affected a total of 198 passengers (out of 1948, or 10,2%) and 9 crew (out of 786, or 1,2%). The incident resulted in an itinerary change – call port Labadee (the RCI’s private resort on Haiti) was dropped. The ship returned in Baltimore 1 day early. All passengers were compensated for the missed call port US$75 PP in onboard credit.
- 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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