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 6314-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)
  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 other 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 electrical engineer. Two of the injured men were in critical condition (with life-threatening injuries) and placed in 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. Investigation found that the boat’s lowering equipment was functioning properly, so as cause for the accident was cited “human error”.

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