Oasis Of The Seas cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9383936, owned by Royal Caribbean. Among the unfortunate events at sea are fire, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
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Oasis Of The Seas accidents & incidents
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- September 25, 2008, while the ship was sunder construction in Finland, an onboard fire broke out. Nearly 1500 construction workers were on the ship when the fire accident happened, and had to be evacuated. The cause for the incident were welding works on deck 9 (an insulation material caught fire). The shipbuilding yard’s fire fighters put it out quickly before it could spread and cause extensive damages. No casualties were reported.
- December 9, 2009, while entering into St Thomas port (Crown Bay), the ship churned up silt from the bay’s bottom. Also, technical problems with the gangway (telescopic bridge) caused over 1 hour delayed disembarkation, which lead to shore excursions and tours setbacks.
- May 7, 2010, the ship’s emergency generator malfunctioned. During its weekly checks, the diesel engine started making noises. Crew discovered that one of the cylinder crankshafts was loose and was hitting the crankcase cover.
- August 17, 2010, malfunction of the Aqua Theatre’s hydraulic floor jack caused a cancellation of all performances there during the entire voyage. All cruise cabins received US$100 onboard credit. To fix the problem, a ship crane was brought to lift the floor for repairs. Spare parts were delivered from the shipbuilder STX Finland.
- November 16, 2012, USCG reported the ship had problems with maneuverability.
- January 3, 2014, at 11:52 pm, the ship experienced power loss for ~20 min. Later, the Captain announced there had been diesel generator failure.
- September 13, 2017, the scheduled itinerary Sept 10-17 (7-day Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral, call ports St Maarten, Puerto Rico and Labadee) was revised as the ship’s return to homeport was delayed due to hurricane Irma. All booked passengers on the new (shortened) itinerary (Sept 13-17, 4-day to Cozumel Mexico) received a 50% refund (of the fare paid) in refundable onboard credit, plus 50% future RCI cruise credit.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- May 25, 2010, USCG assets searched for a 45-year-old male crew who went overboard. The man was from Saint Vincent (Grenadines) and reported missing as the ship was en-route to St Thomas (USVI) from Nassau, Bahamas. The cruise itinerary course was changed for a search and rescue, but the body was never found.
- November 27, 2010, a 33-year-old male crew was found dead in his cabin. The man was of Jamaican origin, and worked on the ship as a cook.
- January 29, 2011, a male Filipino crew died in Miami after suffering a fatal head injury. The accident happened during fire drill on the ship conducted in Cozumel (see Jan 27 “injuries, crimes” report below).
- December 8, 2014, a male passenger died in Port Everglades, suffering a heart attack (see Dec 8 “injuries, crimes” report below).
- September 12, 2015, a male passenger died from a heart attack while running on the ship’s jogging track (on Promenade Deck 5). The accident occurred while the ship was en-route to call port Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas), operating on a 7-days Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary from homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale Florida, Sept 5 to 12) with call ports Nassau, St Thomas and St Maarten.
- November 5, 2015, a 35-year-old male passenger (of Brazilian origin) intentionally jumped from his cabin onto a life raft, then slipped, fell overboard and disappeared into the ocean. The man (Bernardo Albaz) was traveling together with his partner Eric as a legally married gay couple. Reportedly, prior to his jump the man had consumed alcohol being upset by anti-gay remarks made by some of the ship’s staff at the Solarium Bar (located forward on Lido Deck 16). The incident occurred at ~1 am, while the ship was in the waters between Puerto Rico and Bahamas (some 17 ml / 27 km east of Turks & Caicos Islands) on a 7-days Eastern Caribbean itinerary from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, Oct 31 – Nov 7) with call ports Nassau (Bahamas) and Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas). The strangest thing about this accident is that it was filmed by a female passenger (from her higher deck cabin’s balcony) and later posted on YouTube. The video shows a frightened man (dressed in red shorts and black T-shirt) holding on to a portside lifeboat’s support ledge and a male crew reaching and trying to grab his hand. Then suddenly, he lost grip and fell into the sea. The Oasis ship turned around and started a search operation with 2 of its rescue boats. The USCG was called for assistance, nearby vessels were also alerted. The USCG dispatched from Clearwater FL a long-range aircraft C-130 and a helicopter. They arrived at ~6 am, but failed to find the body. Weather conditions were reportedly challenging and hampering the efforts (6-7 ft / 2 m swells, rainy, poor visibility).
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- January 27, 2011, while the ship was docked in Cozumel, Mexico, a fire drill was conducted. During the drill, one of the compressed oxygen tanks at the staging area cracked. Two crew members were injured – chief security officer broke a leg, while a Filipino staff was hit in the head and sent to a hospital for surgery. Due to man’s critical condition, he was flown to Miami, where he died on Jan 29.
- December 8, 2014, upon leaving homeport Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) the ship quickly headed back to port due to medical emergency. A male passenger sustained injury and was medevaced. The sip sailed again, but soon quickly turned around for a second time. The second medevaced passenger suffered heart attack and died. The second time the ship entered the port and docked.
- January 3, 2015, a 4-year-old kid was miraculously saved from near drowning by other passengers. The kid was revived onboard and transported to Broward Health Medical Center. The ship had just left homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, FL), but promptly returned for the medical emergency. The young passenger remained underwater in the wave pool for 5 to 10 min.
- January 8, 2015, while the ship was en-route to call port Cozumel Mexico, a male passenger (Frank Jade) from the Oasis ship went overboard. He was later spotted floating in open sea by staff of the Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic ship. The Disney ship stopped, lowered rescue boat and saved him. When Disney Magic docked in Cozumel, the Royal Caribbean passenger was transferred to a private clinic.
- August 30, 2015, due to a medical emergency, the ship diverted from its itinerary course and medevaced a male passenger to a Grand Cayman hospital. The incident occurred on a 7-days (Aug 29 – Sept 5) roundtrip Western Caribbean cruise itinerary from homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida, with call ports Labadee Haiti (RCI’s private island property), Falmouth Jamaica and Cozumel Mexico.
- November 10, 2015, a 38-year-old female passenger (Latrice Graham, from Lauder Hill FL, USA) went missing ashore after disembarking the ship at ~10 am in call port Falmouth Jamaica.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- December 28, 2013, unknown number passengers suffered from gastrointestinal illness / Norovirus symptoms (nausea, vomiting and diarrhea). The exact number of ill passengers/crew were never disclosed by Royal Caribbean. Next voyage’s embarkation was delayed for enhanced sanitation.
- 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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