Forty-four guests on Rhapsody of the Seas have been forced to abandon their cruise after a large wave broke windows and flooded staterooms on April 25 early morning, the first night of a 9-night Mediterranean voyage.
According to a statement by Royal Caribbean, five cabin windows on the 3rd deck were broken, which resulted in flooding. Six staterooms were damaged, carpeting in nearby rooms and hallways on deck 3 were soaked by water.
Rhapsody of the Seas docked in Ajaccio, Corsica as scheduled. Repairs, including replacement of all windows, were undertaken. Because of the soaked flooring, 45 passengers have been relocated to other rooms. Another 44 departed the cruise ship in Corsica.
All affected travelers have received a full refund and future cruise certificate for the total amount of the cruise fare paid. Royal Caribbean paid for all travel costs and accommodations for those who left.
The ship departed 6 hours late, but for the remainder of the sailing is expected to be on schedule.