Brilliance Of The Seas accidents and incidents
CruiseMapper's Brilliance Of The Seas cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2580-passenger vessel owned by Royal Caribbean. Our Brilliance Of The Seas accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.
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- propulsion/power loss - 2007, 2012
- ship listing/tilting – Mediterranean (2007-Rome, 2010-Alexandria)
- Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2004 (78 / 16)
- deaths – Mediterranean (2005, 2010)
- Cuban refugees boat rescue (2016)
|15 November 2019||Other Incidents|
On November 15, 2019, during the Transatlantic repositioning crossing (itinerary Nov 3-18) from Barcelona to Tampa FL, a total of 468 passengers attended a pasta tasting event (lead by Chef Alastair Gillott) that was later listed in the Guinness World Records book as world's "largest pasta tasting event".
The previous record was for 348 people - achieved in China (Beijing) on November 24, 2017, at the Grand Ballroom of Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel. The Transatlantic cruise left Barcelona on Nov 3 (5 pm) and visited ports in Spain - Cartagena Nov 4), Malaga (Nov 5), Cadiz (Nov 6), Portugal (Lisbon, Nov 7-8 overnight), the Azores (Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island), and on Nov 15 was at sea. The ship arrived in the USA (homeport Tampa) on Nov 18 (at 6 am).
|15 June 2017||Other Incidents|
On June 15, 2017, the cruise ship was fined over an all-night party in call port Ibiza, Spain. Local officials received numerous phone calls with noise complaints. The port authority and the local police were alerted but were unable to get the onboard music turned down. The ship was docked for 2 days (June 15-16) in Marina Botafoch.
Port authority’s proceedings resulted in a fine for the cruise ship agent. The ship was on a 4-night itinerary (June 14-18) roundtrip from Barcelona, also visiting Sete France.
|18 March 2016||Boat Rescue|
(Cuban refugees) On March 18, 2016, the ship was en route from Tampa to Mexico, on a 4-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary March 17-21) to Cozumel. The ship was off Florida’s coast (west of Marco Island) when the crew spotted a homemade raft boat with Cuban refugees trying to get to the USA.
The boat was drifting, without any safety or navigation equipment, and at sea for 22 days. Unfortunately, of all the 27 migrants on the boat, 9 were already dead. The other 18 were suffering from severe dehydration but were successfully rescued by the cruise ship.
Note: Cruise ship operators have agreed to inform the USCG if they spot Cuban refugees in the open sea and to rescue them if needed.
Similar cruise ship rescue incidents happened on Carnival Paradise (Mar 4, 2014, 24 people rescued), Carnival Ecstasy(Mar 25, 2014, 41 people rescued), Carnival Liberty (Aug 22, 2014, 11 people rescued), Carnival Breeze (May 9, 2015, 25 people rescued), Disney Wonder (Feb 13, 2016, 12 people rescued), Coral Princess (Apr 14, 7 people rescued). All the Cuban refugee boats were reported being both unseaworthy and overcrowded.
|22 October 2012||Structural and Technical Issues|
On October 22, 2012, during a 10-day Canada New England cruise (itinerary Oct 12-22) roundtrip from Quebec City, the ship delayed its departure due to an undisclosed mechanical problem. Later, upon leaving the port of Sydney NS the Captain announced that the vessel’s anchor was lost and had to be recovered. On Oct 20, at ~2 am, a broken pipe incident caused flooding in deck 8’s hall.
|14 December 2010||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
On December 14, 2010, a 56-year-old female passenger died during the heavy storm in the Mediterranean (see the "listing" accident). The woman (Barbara Davey, from the UK) died after being thrown around her cabin due to the ship’s rocky movements. The elderly woman was seriously injured in the head and 3 days later lapsed into a coma.
In January, her husband authorized doctors to remove her from life support. On Jan 30, 2011, the family filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean. It was mentioned, that during the storm, the Captain announced publicly that he had turned the stabilizers off.
|14 December 2010||Ship Listing|
On December 14, 2010, a violent storm battered the ship en-route to Alexandria, Egypt, while on a 12-night Mediterranean cruise itinerary roundtrip from Barcelona, Spain. “Hurricane winds” (up to 80 mph / 130 kph) and 30 ft / 9 m waves were reported, causing the ship to tilt heavily several times in the middle of the night (~2 am).
There were numerous complains about furniture and beds tossed around, objects falling, broken glass. All 30 passengers suffered minor injuries (bruises, feet cuts), two sustained fractures, total 105 were medically treated at the onboard Infirmary.
The ship suffered interior damages, including broken TVs, furniture, windows (decks 3 and 4). Some staterooms lost electricity. Among the most damaged facilities were the beauty parlor, video games arcade, and disco nightclub.
As compensation, all passengers received a full refund and USD 200 in onboard credit.
|22 August 2007||Ship Listing|
On August 22, 2007, while docked in Civitavecchia (port to Rome, Italy), at ~1:45 pm a freak storm with heavy winds hit the ship, causing it to list to portside. Soon the aft mooring lines snapped, and the vessel swung out to the middle of the Civitavecchia harbor. During this bad weather-caused incident, both gangways (telescopic bridges for passengers) fell in the water. Local divers were contracted to locate them.
|02 January 2007||Propulsion / Power Loss|
On January 2, 2007, the ship experienced a power loss for ~2,5 hours during the "New Year Cruise" roundtrip from Miami FL.
|05 July 2005||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
(overboard) On July 5, 2005, a 26-year-old male passenger was reported missing when the ship docked in Kusadasi (Turkey). The young man (George Allen Smith IV, of US origin) was presumed fallen overboard. He was on a 14-day Honeymoon Cruise in the Mediterranean, visiting ports in Greece, Turkey, and Italy. The man married Jennifer Hagel 11 days earlier,
Evidence (blood stains found in his cabin) suggested foul play. The man might have been either tossed or fallen overboard. The local police suspected homicide.
On July 29, 2005 (law news), FBI started Smith's disappearance investigation. On June 29, 2006, the shipowner agreed to pay compensation to Smith family's estate.
In 2012, the case was referred to the FBI's Mafia division. The new theory was that the man's death was most likely a robbery gone bad. Jennifer Hagel Smith accepted compensation of US$1,1 million from RCI in June 2006. She believed the accident was caused by George's intoxication. Jennifer remarried in 2009.
|February 2004||Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks|
February 2004, CDC reported on voyage Feb 16 to 27, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 78 passengers (out of 2187, or 3,6%) and 16 crew (out of 842, or 1,9%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.
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