Mariner Of The Seas cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9227510, owned by Royal Caribbean. Among the unfortunate events at sea are Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), drug smuggling, machinery malfunctions.
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Mariner Of The Seas accidents & incidents
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- July 28, 2007, a fire incident on service deck 0 (the incinerator area) cased smoke, also smelled on some passenger decks. The fire was soon extinquished. The vessel was on 7-night Eastern Caribbean itinerary roundtrip from Port Canaveral FL.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- May 16, 2006, a 21-year-old male passenger jumped overboard when the ship was at open sea en-route from homeport Port Canaveral to Bahamas. The man was reported missing at 11 am by his friends. The USCG received the report of the incident at ~7 pm, then launched a search and rescue operation following back the ship’s 120 ml / 190 km long track. The body was never found. The missing passenger were reported been heavily drinking. The review of CCTV cameras showed him falling over the railing at 2:16 am.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- November 4, 2005, a disruptive passenger behavior on board was reported, caused by a large group (1500+ members) booked as “Hogs on the High Seas” (Harley Davidson bikers-themed) cruise. Among the incidents reported were yelling, mooning, walking on decks and sitting at bars topless.
- March 17, 2006, 3 male passengers (among them 15- and 16-year-old teenagers) were arrested in Jamaica (port Ocho Rios) and accused in possession of marijuana. The boys were arrested at the pier while waiting to board the ship.
- October 22, 2006, a disruptive passenger behavior was reported on the ship. It was caused by a large group (500+ members) booked as “alternative lifestyle” (gay-themed) cruise. Several incidents resulted in some other passengers leaving the ship. Many passengers described the “cruising experience” witnessed as “uncalled behavior”, and some as “Roman orgy”, especially at the Solarium (sundeck area). The line’s reactions were to add more guards to the ship’s security staff, adding more deck chairs at the Solarium and keeping kids out of the area.
- November 9, 2009, while docked in Los Angeles CA, 3 ambulances and numerous paramedics were sent to the ship due to 3 medical emergencies. 3 passengers suffered from serious injuries reported at ~6:00 am. The emergencies included a pregnant woman and 2 passengers injured after slipping and falling on the ship. They all were disembarked and transported to San Pedro Peninsula Hospital.
- January 29, 2010, a false bomb threat caused a total blockade of the ship and the entire Port Everglades cruise port (Fort Lauderdale FL). Onboard lifts and anything below passenger decks was off limits for passengers. Divers had to make numerous dives under the vessel for inspection, while law enforcement units were searching the ship’s lower decks.
- March 27, 2013, a a 49-year-old male passenger (from Tucson AZ) was arrested in Galveston and charged with sexual assault of a minor. The man was involved in a sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old teenage boy. The incident happened when the ship was in international waters. The boy’s testimony says the man gave him alcohol, then made advances resulting in sexual contact.
- November 10, 2013, a female crew was allegedly sexually assaulted by a male crew (Meugin Fredericks). On December 3, 2015 (law news) she filed a lawsuit against the Royal Caribbean line and the defendant in a Miami court with claims sexual assault, negligence and strict liability. After attending a co-worker’s birthday party, she returned to her cabin and found there the defendant having sex with her roommate. She left the cabin, and when later returned she found both of them asleep. Then she got into her bed and fell asleep. Later she was awoken by the man whose hand was wrapped around her throat. He was ripping off her bra, then proceeded and raped her. She notified the Mariner ship’s chief security officer about the incidet. Then she went to the ship’s infirmary for a rape kit. After her report, the complaint allegedly was “bullied, harassed and physically threatened” by various members of the crew. She reported these incidents to the ship’s Human Resources manager, to which he responded “there’s nothing that could be done”. Also, the Royal Caribbean company didn’t provide her with appropriate therapy, nor with any counseling or treatment.
- August 12, 2016, a 32-year-old female passenger (of Chinese origin) was miraculously rescued by fishermen after she accidentally fell overboard from the Mariner ship and was adrift at sea for over 38 hours. The overboard incident occurred on Aug 10th (at ~9 pm) while the cruise ship was returning to homeport Shanghai (China) en-route from Fukuoka (Japan). The 5-day round-trip cruise from Shanghai (itinerary Aug 7-11) also visited South Korea (Jeju Island).
Drug smuggling incident
- May 17, 2007, while docked in Phillipsburg (St Maarten), local authorities searched the ship and uncovered a major drug trafficking operation for importing marijuana from Aruba into St Maarten (Netherlands Antilles). The intercepted drug canal was also used for trafficking large amounts of cocaine to USA (Miami FL).
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- January 2005, CDC reported on voyage Jan 16 to 23, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 132 passengers (out of 3465, or 3,8%) and 5 crew (out of 1190, or 0,4%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was operating on a 7-days Caribbean cruise itinerary roundtrip from homeport Port Canaveral Florida.
- July 2006, CDC reported on voyage Jul 23 to 30, a major Noro virus outbreak affected a total of 248 passengers (out of 3671, or 6,8%) and 6 crew (out of 1206, or 0,5%). The ship was operating on a 7-days Caribbean itinerary from Port Canaveral.
- 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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