Liberty Of The Seas cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9330032, owned by Royal Caribbean. Among the unfortunate events at sea are Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), shore excursion incidents, illness, machinery malfunctions.
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Liberty Of The Seas accidents & incidents
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- May 1, 2013, the renown international law firm “DLA Piper Global” chartered the whole ship for a business partner meeting at sea. The large law company booked the ship for a Mediterranean cruise out of Barcelona. The roundtrip itinerary was a coastal voyage to Nice, France.
- On this Royal Caribbean cruise ship charter, they spent over US$3 million (charter fee), plus the extra costs for beverages, shore excursions and international flights for all the guests traveling to Spain.
- DLA Piper Global Law Firm represents mostly large multinational corporations and high-technology companies. Statistics show DLA Piper made over US$2,4 billion in 2012. The company has 100+ offices and 4200+ employees worldwide.
- No such incidents were officially reported so far.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- June 4, 2009, a 62-year-old female passenger died ashore while swimming with her husband near Royal Palms, Florida. Assisted by another passenger who was jet-skiing in the area, she was brought to shore. Police and paramedics found her unconscious. In a local hospital she was pronounced dead.
- October 28, 2009, a former Royal Caribbean Captain, the 57-year-old Tore Myhra (Norwegian-born), died in a Miami hospital of Legionella pneumophila after becoming ill on the Liberty ship. He suffered from Legionnaire’s Disease (pneumonia) symptoms – respiratory difficulty, dry cough, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting. The man was traveling with his wife and daughter. The family filed in Florida a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean for damages, but the case was dismissed in 2012.
- January 21, 2010, a 37-year-old male passenger was found dead in his cabin, just before lunchtime. The ship was booked under charter by a cruise tour operator catering to gay travel.
- January 5, 2011, a 21-year-old male passenger jumped overboard from Deck 12. His family reported he was missing at ~9:00 am. When the man couldn’t be found on the vessel, CCTV camera records were reviewed. The footage showed that he climbed over the railing and jumped at 3:25 am. The incident happened when the ship was at open sea and en-route to Belize, 6 ml / 10 km west off Turneffe (Maaga Caye). Belize Coast Guard assets carried out a search and rescue operation, but the body was never found.
- January 30, 2012, a 47-year old female passenger died on the ship after missing a step and falling down a staircase. The woman was leaving the ship’s disco club “Catacombs”. When the incident happened, the ship was en-route to homeport Port Everglades (Ft Lauderdale FL) on a 4-night roundtrip itinerary.
- November 20, 2012, 2 passengers died ashore in Cozumel, when their sand buggy lost control and struck a guardrail. The other 2 passengers – the driver and his wife, suffered not life-threatening injuries. The dead couple (Jim Melillo and Susan Borges) was from Orlando, and well known for their charity work in Central Florida. They were also part of a 28-friends group who was on a Carnival Cruise Lines organized 6-hour dune buggy riding tour in Cozumel.
- March 22, 2015, a 47-year-old male passenger jumped overboard at ~9 pm. A witness report says the man “climbed over a railing” on deck 12. The ship was on a 4-day Mexico cruise to Cozumel, and en-route to homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale), ~20 ml / 32 km off the US coast (Marathon, Florida Keys archipelago).
- December 21, 2015, an 8-year old boy drowned in a swimming pool on Lido Deck 11. The kid was spotted and pulled out of the water (unconscious) by a passenger. The ship’s med team immediately responded administering CPR and attempting resuscitation for over an hour – unfortunately, unsuccessful. Unlike public swimming pools, most cruise ships don’t have lifeguards stationed at the onboard pools. The accident occurred while the ship was at sea, en-route from Galveston to Mexico on the second day of a 7-days Western Caribbean Christmas cruise from Galveston TX (roundtrip itinerary Dec 20 – 27) with call ports Cozumel, Roatan, Costa Maya.
- April 24, a 39-year-old male crew was reported missing (presumably overboard). The man (Norman DeCastro, of Filipino origin) worked on the ship as bartender. The search for him started after he didn’t report for work. He was last seen on a CCTV camera at ~1:30 am (April 24). He was officially reported missing at 4:30 am, after a complete shipboard search was conducted. Followed an USCG search and rescue operation via one patrol boat dispatched from Galveston TX. The USCG ship was assisted by an airplane dispatched from Corpus Christi Airport (Nueces County Texas). The accident occurred in Gulf of Mexico, approx 170 ml (270 km) southeast of Galveston Texas. The ship was en-route to Cancun, on a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary April 23-30) roundtrip Galveston to Cozumel Mexico, Grand Cayman Island and Falmouth Jamaica. The USCG operation was suspended in the afternoon of April 25, after searching an area of over 17,100 km2 (6,600 ml2).
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- December 3, 2012, a medical emergency (male passenger with a serious injury and needing advanced surgery) forced the ship to change the itinerary, skipping the Falmouth port (Jamaica). The ship’s course was also alternated so the injured man can be medevaced by USCG helicopter. Blood donations from passengers were also needed to assist him. Strong winds prevented the helicopter to land on the helipad, so he had to be airlifted by basket.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- May-June 2007, CDC reported on voyage May 26 to Jun 2, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 200 passengers (out of 3846, or 5,2%) and 12 crew (out of 1425, or 0,8%). 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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