Rhapsody Of The Seas cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9116864, owned by Royal Caribbean. Among the unfortunate events at sea are Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), shore excursion incidents, pollution, machinery malfunctions.
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Rhapsody Of The Seas accidents & incidents
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- June 10, 2008, the Royal Caribbean company was found guilty for pollution, braking the US law and discharging ~20,000 gallons (~75,000 L) of the ship’s grey water into the waters of Chatham Strait (Alaska). Report said crew mistakenly discharged wastewater from all cabin sinks and showers. The incident was discovered a week later.
- February 10, 2009, passengers were forced to disembark at a buoy in Sydney Harbor instead at a pier. The reason for this inconvenience was that all berths were used. The ship anchored at a harbor buoy and passengers were taken to land via small boats.
- April 25, 2016, the ship was en-route from Barcelona to Corsica (Mediterranean Sea), when at ~ 4 am a freak wave struck the superstructure, breaking the windows of 5 Oceanview cabins on Deck 3. The incident resulted in many passengers suffering from shock and minor injuries (bruises and cuts), partial flooding of decks 2 and 3 (hallways, plus around 60 staterooms, 11 of which suffered serious interior damages – broken ceiling panels and insulation, glass, bent balcony doors, crushed veranda partitions). Passengers from the affected cabins spent the rest of the night at Schooner Bar and the aft lounge Shall We Dance (both on deck 6). In the morning, 45 were relocated to other accommodations, while another 44 disembarked the ship in Corsica. To fix all damages, the scheduled stay in port Ajaccio (Corsica) was extended with ~6 hours. As compensation, all affected passengers were fully refunded and received a free RCI cruise certificate. For the 44 that left the ship in Corsica, Royal Caribbean arranged and covered all hotel and travel expenses. The accident occurred in the beginning of a 9-days Mediterranean and Adriatic cruise (Barcelona to Venice, itinerary Apr 24 – May 3) visiting Corsica, Naples, Sicily (Messina), Malta, Montenegro (Kotor), Ravenna.
- September 19, 2016, at ~ 5 am the vessel experienced heavy listing and sustained minor damages after encountering a storm in the Mediterranean Sea. Among the damages were broken windows in Viking Crown Lounge (deck 11), flooded interior areas, emptied swimming pools (on Lido deck 9). The ship was on a 10-day Greece and Adriatic cruise roundtrip from Venice (itinerary Sept 16-26) visiting Corfu Island, Santorini Island, Piraeus-Athens, Mykonos Island, Kotor (Montenegro) and Zadar (Croatia). The accident occurred during the sea day (Sept 19), while the ship was en-route from Corfu to Santorini.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- July 17, 2012, a 62-year-old male passenger died ashore in Alaska. The deceased Michael Ray Fullerton was on a self-organized Alaskan kayaking excursion on Mendenhall Lake (near Mendenhall Glacier, 3 ml / 5 km north of Juneau AK). He and 3 members of his family were on a river kayak when it overturned. The man got tired and couldn’t paddle anymore, so the touring group decided to tie all kayaks together. His kayak somehow overturned, and he fell into the ice cold water. When they found and brought him to the shore, he was in the water for ~30 min, and already not breathing. A local fireman tried CPR, but unsuccessfully. The man was pronounced dead at the Juneau’s Bartlett Regional Hospital. The other of the kayaking group were treated for mild hypothermia.
- December 21, 2013, a male passenger fell overboard at 2 am. The ship was en-route from Sydney. When the accident happened, the vessel was ~340 ml / 550 km east of Brisbane. The man’s body was found at 9:30 am (or ~7 1/2 hours later). The P&O Australia’s ship Pacific Pearl was involved in the search and rescue operation.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- April 5, 2013, while on an 8-night South Pacific itinerary from Sydney, the ship’s security staff disembarked a 29-year-old male passenger (Australian in origin) for rowdy behavior. He was left in Noumea (first port of call) for throwing items overboard from deck 9. Passengers removed from Royal Caribbean ships for violating the line’s “Guest Conduct Policy” are responsible for paying all travel expenses back home.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- August 2012, CDC reported on voyage Aug 24 to 31, a major Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 153 passengers (of all 2129, or 7%) and 6 crew (of all 812, or 0,7%). All the sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was operating on a 7-night Canada and Alaska cruise itinerary from homeport Seattle WA.
- October 30, 2012, on a roundtrip South Pacific Islands itinerary out of Sydney Australia, the ship experienced a Norovirus outbreak. Because the ship didn’t call on US cruise port, the illness incident was not reported to CDC. According to a Fiji news media, when docked at Suva Wharf (Fiji), the vessel was quarantined by local authorities. It was announced that a total of 51 (passengers and crew) suffered from Norovirus symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain). The ship was carrying ~2300 pax and 870 crew.
- 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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