Anthem of the Seas accidents and incidents

Anthem of the Seas cruise ship


Length (LOA)
348 m / 1142 ft

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CruiseMapper's Anthem of the Seas cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 4825-passenger vessel owned by Royal Caribbean. Our Anthem of the Seas accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

Here are also reported latest updates on cruise law news related to ashore and shipboard crimes still investigated by the police. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • propulsion/power loss – 2017
  • ship listing/tilting – 2016 (Caribbean)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2016 (125 / 16), 2017 (total 98)
  • deaths – 2015 (3 pax), drownings (2016, 2017), overboard (2018)
  • injuries/crimes - drug busts (2018)
  • medevacs – 2015, 2017, 2018 (7)
  18 October 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On October 18, 2018, at ~6:30 pm, USCG Base Boston was contacted by the cruise liner, requiring medical assistance for a 34-year-old male passenger (experiencing “severe leg pain”). To the ship was dispatched Cutter Shrike (patrol boat)The man was offloaded to the boat at ~8:30 pm. An RB-M (Response Boat-Medium) from CG Station Jones Beach met with the Cutter. The man was transferred to the RB-M and at 11:30 pm ambulanced to Nassau University Medical Center (East Meadow NY).

The incident occurred in the begining of 9-day Canada and New England cruise (itinerary Oct 18-27) roundtrip from homeport Cape Liberty (Bayonne NJ, NYC) to Boston MA, Portland ME, Bar Harbor ME, Halifax NS, and St John NB.

  01 October 2018Drug Smuggling

On October 1, 2018, a 41-year-old female passenger (Meghan George, from Pennsylvania USA) was charged with drug possession. Upon boarding the ship in call port Royal Naval Dockyard (Kings Wharf, Bermuda), Customs officers found in her purse 2x bags of cannabis. After searching her stateroom, they found in a suitcase 3x marijuana smoking pipes, 1x grinder and 1x E-cigarette cartridge with cannabis.

The woman was arrested and remanded in custody. On Oct 5 (law news) she was fined USD 4,000 after admitting possession of cannabis and drug equipment.

The incident occurred during 5-day Bermuda cruise (itinerary Sept 29 - Oct 4) roundtrip from homeport NYC (Cape Liberty, Bayonne NJ) to Kings Wharf.

  17 August 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On August 17, 2018, USCG helicopter medevaced 2 passengers (both with heart attack symptoms) from the cruise liner en-route from Haiti back to homeport Bayonne (NYC). The ship first contacted USCG Portsmouth on Aug 16 (in the morning), requesting assistance for an 18-year-old male passenger. The vessel was redirected closer to North Carolina's coast. However, by the evening, USCG was contacted again by the ship, reporting an 82-year-old male passenger.

On Aug 17 (in the morning), both men were airlifted and flown to New Hanover Regional Medical Center (Wilmington NC). The incident occurred during 9-day Bermuda and Caribbean cruise (itinerary Aug 9-18) roundtrip from homeport Cape Liberty (NJ-NYC) to Kings Wharf, Philipsburg (St Maarten), San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Labadee (Haiti).

  12 July 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On July 12, 2018, a 48-year-old female passenger (suffering seizures) was medevaced from the ship off Sandy Hook (Middletown, New Jersey). The liner was navigating approx 29 km (18 ml) southeast of Ambrose sea buoy, after leaving homeport Cape Liberty (Bayonne NJ) and en-route for Bermuda. USCG Station Sandy Hook dispatched a boat crew. The woman and a crew nurse were transferred to a 47-ft lifeboat, brought to Station Sandy Hook, then ambulanced to hospital.

The incident occurred during 9-day Bermuda and Caribbean cruise (itinerary July 12-21) roundtrip from Bayonne (NYC) to Kings Wharf, Philipsburg (St Maarten), San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Labadee (Haiti).

  11 May 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On May 11, 2018, an 83-year-old female passenger (experiencing kidney failure) was medevaced from the ship approx 160 ml / 260 km southeast of Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

The elderly woman was airlifted by an USCG MH-60 helicopter crew (assisted by an HC-130 Hercules airplane) dispatched from Air Station Elizabeth City. The woman, together with a family member and a crew nurse were transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (Norfolk VA).

During the incident, the liner was en-route to homeport Cape Liberty (Bayonne NJ) returning from a 10-day Bermuda and Caribbean cruise (itinerary May 3-12) to Kings Wharf, St Maarten, Puerto Rico and Labadee (Haiti).

  27 April 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On April 27, 2018, a 71-year-old male passenger (suffering from kidney failure) was medevaced by USCG helicopter team dispatched from Air Station Atlantic City to the ship located approx 50 ml (80 km) east of Ocean City NJ. The elderly man was airlifted and together with a crew nurse were flown to AtlantiCare (Atlantic City).

The liner was en-route back to NYC returning from a 7-day Florida-Bahamas cruise (itinerary April 21-28) roundtrip from Cape Liberty NJ to Port Canaveral, Coco Cay Island and Nassau.

  13 April 2018Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On April 13 (Friday) 2018, at ~4:45 pm a 24-year-old male passenger intentionally jumped overboard from an upper deck (near the vessel's stern). The liner immediately turned around and started a search and rescue operation with its lifeboats. The Anthem's search was suspended at ~7 pm and the ship continued towards NYC, while other vessels in the area (including an USCG aircraft) continued the operation.

The accident occurred while the ship was en-route from Nassau Bahamas back to NYC (New Jersey), returning from a 7-day Florida and Bahamas cruise (itinerary April 7-14) roundtrip from homeport New York (Cape Liberty NJ) to Port Canaveral, Coco Cay and Nassau.

  06 February 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On February 6, 2018, while en-route from St Kitts Island back to homeport NYC (Bayonne, New Jersey), the ship diverted to Bermuda due to medical emergency. A 71-year-old male passenger was disembarked off the island's east end in the afternoon. In open sea, the liner was met by a pilot boat. The patient and medical crew were transferred ashore, from where ambulanced to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

The ship was on 12-day Southern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Jan 28 - Feb 9) roundtrip from New York.

  19 January 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On January 19, 2018, a NYPD Aviation Unit came to rescue an 80-year-old male passenger suffering a cardiac attack. The medevac happened while the ship was in Ambrose Channel (main shipping channel for Port NYC).

The vessel had to change course and headed towards Coney Island. There it was met by Quick Reaction Force (QRF) 4-team aircraft. They boarded the ship and hoisted the man into the aircraft. He was transported to Staten Island Medical Center in serious condition. The cruise liner then resumed its planned course.

The ship was starting a 9-day Florida and Bahamas cruise (itinerary Jan 19-28) from homeport Cape Liberty NJ to Port Canaveral, Orlando, Miami, Nassau, Coco Cay Island.

  November 2017Fire Accident

November 2017, during the 7-day Bahamas cruise from NYC New York (itinerary Nov 4-11) a Norovirus outbreak affected a total of 98 passengers and crew. The NYC roundtrip visited Port Canaveral FL, Coco Cay, Island and Nassau.

  30 July 2017Coast Guard Medevacs

On July 30, 2017, an 82-year-old male passenger suffering from abdominal pains was medevaced from the ship at ~1:45 am. An USCG MH-65 Dolphin helicopter was dispatched from Air Station Atlantic City. The elderly man was airlifted and transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (New Jersey). The ship was approx 70 ml (110 km) east of Atlantic City NJ, operating on a 5-day Bermuda cruise from NYC (Cape Liberty NJ, itinerary Jul 29-Aug 3) to Kings Wharf.

  28 March 2017Propulsion / Power Loss

On March 28, 2017, a technical issue (with a propulsion motor) resulted in reduced cruising speed (17 kn / 31 kph instead of 22 kn / 41 kph) and itinerary change. The scheduled itinerary (March 26 – April 2, roundtrip from Cape Liberty NJ-NYC) was to Florida-Bahamas (ports Port Canaveral, Coco Cay, Nassau). The revised itinerary was with 2 consecutive sea days (March 27-28), followed by CocoCay (Mar 29), then Nassau (overnight, Mar 29-30) then Port Canaveral (Mar 31) and Sea Day (Apr 1) before the return to NYC.

  17 March 2017Crew / Passenger Deaths

On March 17, 2017, an elderly female passenger was found dead in the ship’s swimming pool.

  18 February 2017Coast Guard Medevacs

On February 18, 2017, a 75-year-old female passenger was medevaced by the USCG while the cruise ship was 110 ml (180 km) off the Cape Hatteras (North Carolina) coast. The elderly woman went into diabetic shock. She was airlifted and flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by an USCG helicopter dispatched from Air Station Elizabeth City (NC).

  30 November 2016Crew / Passenger Deaths

On November 30, 2016, two male passengers (of US origin) were found dead onboard, after the ship docked in San Juan Puerto Rico. The bodies showed no signs of violence. Both men – Joseph Ambrussi (62-year-old) and William Forsytte (55-year-old) - were traveling with their spouses. Both deaths were attributed to natural causes.

The ship was on 13-day Southern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Nov 27 – Dec 9) roundtrip from NYC, also visiting St Maarten, Antigua, Barbados, Martinique, St Kitts.

  30 June 2016Crew / Passenger Deaths

On June 30, 2016, an 8-year-old boy nearly drowned on the ship. Soon after departure from Bayonne (Cape Liberty, New Jersey), the boy (of Dutch origin) was found unresponsive at the bottom of a swimming pool. The USCG was notified about the incident around 7 pm.

The ship had to return back to Bayonne NJ, where the kid was hospitalized and placed on life-support. He was part of a 49-passenger group from Holland. Royal Caribbean provided 2 buses to pick up and transport all of them to a nearby hotel. Sadly, on July 2nd the boy died.

  07 February 2016Ship Listing

On February 7, 2016, while en-route from New York to Florida (off the South Carolina’s coast), at ~ 3:30 pm, the vessel (carrying 4529 pax and 1616 crew) was caught in a severe storm. The storm was classified as category 2 hurricane equivalent – with extreme winds (over 120 mph / 190 kph) and rogue waves (up to 30 ft / 9 m).

The result was severe listing (~20 degrees on occasions), 4 passengers sustaining minor injuries, ship interior damages (in cabins and public areas- broken glassware, crockery, furniture, balcony doors and partitions, floodings, ceiling panels) and eventually – cruise cancellation.

The Captain ordered all passengers to remain in their cabins for safety. The cruise liner experienced not expected "extreme wind and sea conditions". Passengers, tweeting from the ship, described giant waves and hurricane-force winds rocking the vessel, smashing glassware, overturning furniture. The ship departed New Jersey on February 6 (Saturday). but returned into Bayonne's Cape Liberty port 3 days early (on February 10).

The ship operated on a 7-days Bahamas cruise round-trip from Bayonne New York (itinerary Feb 6 – 13) with scheduled call ports Port Canaveral, Nassau and Coco Cay (RCI’s private island). The ship arrived late in Port Canaveral (on Feb 8).

Considering the rough sea conditions, Royal Caribbean decided to cancel the voyage and to return the ship to Cape Liberty (Bayonne NJ /port arrival Feb 10, at ~9 pm). All passengers were given the option to immediately disembark or stay on board overnight. They were also fully refunded and given additional 50% in future RCI cruise onboard credit. After the inspection, USCG reported the vessel’s propulsion system was partially damaged during the storm. The portside azipod was rendered inoperable so the ship had to maneuver with a single thruster.

  February 2016Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

February 2016, the 12-day Southern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Feb 21 - Mar 4) roundtrip from Cape Liberty New Jersey (New York) was cancelled on Feb 28. The ship returned to NYC 2 days before schedule (on March 2) skipping 2 Caribbean port calls (Barbados and St Kitts). The RCI’s official statement was that the decision was based on “weather forecast”.

However, cruise ship passengers reported over 65 people with Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) being quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours. As compensation for the cancelled cruise, all passengers received a 2-day refund plus 50% of the current cruise price applied to a future Royal Caribbean cruise. Airline change fees were also covered by the company. On March 3, CDC issued an official report on the Noro virus (gastrointestinal illness) outbreak on the ship, which affected a total of 125 passengers (out of 4061, or 3,1%) and 16 crew (out of 1592, or 1%).

  21 November 2015Crew / Passenger Deaths

On November 21, 2015, the ship returned a day early to homeport Bayonne NJ (New York) due to a major medical emergency. Via the PA system, the Captain only mentioned “four critically ill passengers” – stating specifically they were in a critical condition. According to unofficial information, 3 of them had died. The incident occurred in the end of a 12-day Southern Caribbean cruise from NYC (itinerary Nov 10-22) to Puerto Rico, Barbados, Martinique, St Kitts and St Maarten.

  02 September 2015Coast Guard Medevacs

On September 2, 2015, in the evening, via the PA system a code “Alpha” was alerted (meaning “medical emergency”). On the next day (Sept 3) at ~11 am, a male passenger was medevaced together with his family by helicopter and flown ashore to a Portuguese hospital. During the airlifting procedure, all public areas and the sports facilities on Deck 16 aft (the simulators FlowRider and RipCord, and the rock climbing wall) were closed. The incident occurred in the Atlantic waters, off the Portugal’s coast.

The ship was on 14-day roundtrip Mediterranean cruise itinerary (Aug 29 – Sept 15) from homeport Southampton England to Gibraltar, Cartagena, Rome, La Spezia, Marseille, Cadiz, Lisbon.

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