Quantum Of The Seas cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9549463, owned by Royal Caribbean. Among the unfortunate events at sea are crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
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Quantum Of The Seas accidents & incidents
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- June 5, 2014, during construction at the shipbuilding yard of Meyer Werft, a fire broke out. During the incident, two of the workers were injured, suffering from smoke poisoning. The ship sustained damages estimated at ~50,000 Euro (or ~US$68,000).
- February 11, 2011, under the “Project Sunshine”, the shipowner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) announced the order of a new vessel. It represents a new passenger cruise ship class of all three ships, the first of which (Quantum) was delivered in 2014.
- February 29, 2012, the RCCL company announced the order of the second “Sunshine” ship – Anthem Of The Seas, with scheduled launch in 2015.
- January 31, 2013, the new class of these RCI ships was officially named “Quantum Class”. On this day were also officially announced the names of the first two vessels – Quantum and the Anthem Of The Seas. The third vessel of this class was named Ovation Of The Seas, and scheduled for launch in 2016.
- November 2014, during the Inaugural cruise (Nov 2-10 Transatlantic Southampton to New York), there were numerous issues reported by passengers about the ship’s general level of service, dining arrangements and amenities. Among the most common complaints were: delayed embarkation (by 1 1/2 hours), long queues along the gangways (telescopic bridges), delayed luggage deliveries to cabins, limited bath amenities (bathrooms had only round soaps and no gel/shampoo, limited general store merchandise, insufficient tables in the buffet restaurant, poorly manned Reception Desk (by a Chinese staff lacking skills and proficiency in English).
- April 29, 2015, three cruise vessels – the Quantum ship, the fleetmate Enchantment of the Seas and the NCL ship Norwegian Gem assisted in a rescue operation searching for an yachtsman who fell overboard from his boat. Soon an USCG helicopter arrived in the area, and ~1 hour later the man was found and rescued alive.
- August 31, 2015, after an 8-days roundtrip cruise from Shanghai to Japan (Aug 23 to 31), the cruise ship docked in homeport Shanghai-Baoshan China (Wusongkou terminal) for disembarkation, when a large group of Royal Caribbean Quantum cruise passengers started a protest. The incident was caused by ~300 disgruntled passengers disputing over a major itinerary change – all of them refusing to disembark. The scheduled itinerary included 3 call ports in Japan exclusively – Hiroshima, Tokyo and Kobe. Due to weather concerns (regarding Goni Typhoon), the original itinerary was changed with the Japanese ports being substituted with South Korean. As compensation, during the whole cruise Royal Caribbean provided all Quantum passengers with free Wi-Fi Internet and specialty dinners with lobster meals. The protesting passengers demanded a refund for the altered route. Dispute talks between the shipowner RCI, local authorities and the protesting passengers lasted ~7 hours (until 1 pm), when all passengers left (some were forcibly removed from) the ship. By the international maritime laws, the Captain is fully authorized to cancel port stops or make itinerary changes based on a specific situation.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- Fortunately, no such tragic accidents were officially reported so far.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- November 5, 2014, the ship was on its Transatlantic repositioning crossing from Europe to Caribbean. The itinerary (Nov 2 to 10) was from Southampton to Cape Liberty port, New York, and without any call ports along the route. Due to a medical emergency, the vessel diverted from its course and stopped in the Azores (a Portuguese autonomous territory). A male passenger sustained an injury (dislocated shoulder) in a FlowRider incident. FlowRider is a free of charge surfing simulation water attraction on the ship. The young man had to be medevaced to undergo an emergency surgery. In the Azores, the ship was met by a pilot boat which picked up and transported the injured man to a local hospital.
- December 29, 2014 (law news), after the ship docked in homeport Bayonne, New Jersey, a 25-year-old male crew was arrested by FBI agents on charges for sexually assaulting a female passenger. The statute defined as crimes of knowingly engaging in a sexual contact with an adult female. The man (Karan Seechurn, from Mauritius) intentionally touched her genitals – directly and through her clothing, and without her permission. The incident occurred on Dec 23, while the ship was operating on a Bahamas cruise from homeport Cape Liberty (Bayonne NJ). The Royal Caribbean employee worked on the ship as cabin attendant (responsible for restocking mini-bars). On this position, he was provided with a master key giving him an access to all cruise cabins, including the victim’s. While he was off duty, he entered the woman’s cabin and while she was asleep he touched her genitals. When she awoke, she pushed him off and tried to leave the cabin. He pulled her back, then threatened that if she told anyone he will burn the ship down. The defendant appeared in a federal court in Newark on Dec 29, 2014. On April 23, 2015 (law news) he pleaded guilty of abusive sexual contact, facing up to 3 years in jail. On August 5, 2015 (law news) he was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison.
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