Harmony Of The Seas accidents and incidents

Harmony Of The Seas cruise ship


Length (LOA)
362 m / 1188 ft

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CruiseMapper's Harmony Of The Seas cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 6410-passenger vessel owned by Royal Caribbean. Our Harmony 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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  • deaths - 2016 (1 crew, lifeboat fall), 2018 (Joel Taylor from "Storm Chasers" TV series), overboard (2018, 2019), 2020 (crew suicide)
  09 June 2020Crew / Passenger Deaths

(crew suicide) On June 9, 2020, a 28-year-old female crew was found dead in her cabin. The young Filipino woman (Mariah Jocson, from Mandaluyong City, The Philippines) was a newly hired employee and served as an assistant waiter. Initially, the cause of death was not announced. On June 10, following an investigation, local police officials reported that she was found hanging by a bedsheet from the stateroom's balcony.

The incident occurred while the cruise liner was docked in Port Bridgetown (Barbados), carrying ~2000 crew awaiting their repatriation flights from Grantley Adams Airport. Harmony OTS also carried crew transferred from the fleetmates Majesty OTS, Rhapsody OTS and Vision OTS. Reportedly, the woman was transferred from Rhapsody OTS.

According to RCI-Royal Caribbean's crew repatriation plan (updated June 5th), the company chartered 20+ flights from Bridgetown to The Philippines, with scheduled departures through June 30.

  11 January 2019Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On January 11, 2019, a 16-year-old male passenger died after falling from his cabin's balcony (on Central Park Deck 8) onto the dock. Reportedly, this happened at ~11:20 am, while the liner was berthed in Labadee (port stay 9:30 am - 6 pm). The teenager was travelling together with his family.

The incident occurred during 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Jan 6-13) roundtrip from homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) to Philipsburg (St Maarten), San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Labadee (Haiti).

(CruiseMapper email from Bonnie) I was on Harmony OTS the week of January 6th. It was a 15-year-old boy that was climbing from one balcony to another while docked in Haiti. I was told that his family had adjoining balconies and a family member locked him out so he tried climbing to the other balcony.

  25 December 2018Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On December 25, 2018, a 20-year-old male crew was reported overboard and missing while the liner was en-route from St Maarten to Puerto Rico, approx 430 km (267 mi) northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The young man (Arron Hough, a UK citizen) worked on the ship as an entertainer, performing in the "Grease The Musical" theatre show.

CCTV footage showed that around 4 am (Dec 25) the man entered an area on Promenade Deck (deck 5) and was not seen again. USCG was notified around 1:45 pm (Dec 26) after an extensive shipwide search. The conducted by USCG search and rescue operation failed to find the body.

The incident occurred during 7-day Eastern Caribbean Christmas Cruise (itinerary Dec 23-28) roundtrip from homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) visiting Philipsburg (St Maarten), San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Labadee (Haiti).

  23 January 2018Crew / Passenger Deaths

On January 23, 2018, on the liner died Joel Taylor. He was best known for his role (driver and meteorologist) in Discovery Channel's reality TV series "Storm Chasers". After docking in call port San Juan, the 38-year-old male passenger was found unresponsive in his stateroom (death from suspected overdose). Upon boarding the ship in Port Everglades, several passengers were arrested and charged with possession of drugs. Passengers reported witnessing Joel Taylor taking drugs (ecstasy and cocaine).

The incident occurred during the 7-day Caribbean themed cruise "Atlantis Events" (itinerary Jan 20-27) roundtrip from homeport Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Labadee Haiti, San Juan Puerto Rico and Philipsburg St Maarten. For the theme voyage, the cruise ship was fully booked under "voyage charter".

  13 September 2016Crew / Passenger Deaths

On September 13, 2016, 1 male crew was killed and 4 others were seriously injured in a lifeboat accident. It occurred during a lifeboat safety drill while the cruise ship was docked in Marseilles, France. According to French news media sources, the lifeboat dropped into the water from Promenade Deck 5 (approx 10 m / 33 ft above sea level) with all 5 crew on board.

The killed was a 42-year-old man (of Filipino origin) employed on the ship as an electrical engineer. Two of the injured men were in critical condition (with life-threatening injuries) and placed in an absolute emergency. The other two were placed in emergency and discharged on Sept 17. All injured were hospitalized in Marseille North Hospital.

The ship was on a 7-day Western Mediterranean cruise (itinerary Sept 8-15) round-trip from Rome to Naples, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Marseille, and La Spezia. The investigation found that the boat’s lowering equipment was functioning properly, so as the cause for the accident was cited “human error”.

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