Radiance Of The Seas accidents and incidents

Radiance Of The Seas cruise ship


Length (LOA)
293 m / 961 ft

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CruiseMapper's Radiance Of The Seas cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2546-passenger vessel owned by Royal Caribbean. Our Radiance 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • ship collision – 2009 (with Carnival Splendor in Puerto Vallarta Mexico)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2002, 2006, 2011, 2018
  • fire – 2006
  • illness – 2006 (227 pax, 12 crew)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2011 (150 / 3)
  • deaths – overboard (2010)
  • injuries/crimes – 2005, 2018
  18 October 2018Crew / Passenger Crimes

On October 18, 2018, a 46-year-old male passenger was confined by ship's security personnel after trying to throw his partner overboard (from their cabin balcony). Reportedly, witnesses (fellow passengers) heard screaming and the woman was found covered with bruises. The incident occurred at ~3:30 am. The man (David James Fysh, from Queensland Australia) was arrested by the Tasmanian police in call port Hobart after docking (~8.30 am), charged with attempted murder and taken into custody.

The ship was on 5-day Tasmania cruise (itinerary Oct 16-21) roundtrip from homeport Sydney NSW to Hobart.

  06 April 2018Propulsion / Power Loss

Due to propulsion problems requiring drydock repairs, the 11-days New Zealand cruise (itinerary April 6-17) roundtrip from homeport Sydney (NSW Australia) was officially cancelled. The issue was with one of the Azipod units and affected the liner's cruising speed.

The incident occurred during the previous 8-day Queensland cruise (itinerary March 29 - April 6) to Brisbane, Airlie Beach and Newcastle. As both itineraries were Sydney roundtrips, there were many passengers booked back-to-back (cruise combining both voyages into one).

As compensation, all booked passengers received full refunds plus 100% future RCI cruise credit. The cancelled voyage included the NZ ports Bay of Islands, Auckland, Akaroa, Dunedin, Fiordland Park.

  January 2011Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

January 2011, CDC reported on the voyage January 3 to 8, a Norovirus outbreak infected 150 passengers (out of 2336, or 6,4%) and 3 crew (out of 861, or 0,4%). All sick experienced the Noro virus symptoms (Gastrointestinal disease) of vomiting and diarrhea. The next departure from homeport Tampa FL was delayed by ~5 hours for extensive sanitizing.

  2011Propulsion / Power Loss

On most 2011 cruises, the ship was departing and arriving in homeport Tampa Florida under orders of USCG assigned COTP (“Captain of The Port Order”). This situation was caused by malfunction of one of the vessel’s 2 Azipods (propulsion units).

The propulsion system issue made the ship inoperative for maneuvering in port and required tractor tugs to escort it every time it was in Tampa Bay (arriving or departing) for safety reasons (in case the other Azipod fails too). The problem was fixed in late Autumn when the ship entered drydock for a scheduled refurbishment.

  21 March 2010Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On March 21, 2010, a male passenger fell overboard at 8 pm. After code “Oscar” was announced, the ship slowed down and turned, then rescue boats were launched. The man was found unresponsive and brought back on the ship. CPR was conducted for ~20 min, but unsuccessfully. The man was pronounced dead.

  25 November 2009Ship Collision / Allision

On November 25, 2009, while maneuvering for docking in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, a minor collision occurred between the docked Radiance and the maneuvering for docking Carnival cruise ship Carnival Splendor. The incident caused a small dent in the Radiance ship’s front. Both vessels were examined and deemed seaworthy. After the incident, the RCI Captain was evacuated from the ship, and replaced by another Captain.

  30 January 2009Other Incidents

On January 30, 2009, while on a South American cruise, the ship docked in Puerto Montt (Chile) with a dead humpback whale (40 ft / 12 m long) entangled on the bulbous bow.

  October 2008Other Incidents

In October 2008, due to financial considerations, Royal Caribbean cancelled all the ship’s South American cruises scheduled for 2009 and 2010. The vessel's calendar was rescheduled with additional 24 Mexican Riviera itineraries leaving roundtrip from San Diego CA.

  03 January 2008Other Incidents

On January 3, 2008, due to rough weather, passenger tendering in George Town (Grand Cayman) was impossible. Loaded with passengers, tender boats were bouncing in the harbor for ~2 hours. The tendering was forced to be moved from the harbor to the Spotts Beach Dock on the island’s southern side.

  04 November 2006Fire Accident

On November 4, 2006, at ~2 am a fire broke out in the buffet restaurant “Windjammer”. The incident occurred on an 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Port Everglades FL.

  September 2006Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

September 2006, CDC reported on voyage Sept 2 to 9, a major illness outbreak affected a total of 227 passengers (out of 2131, or 10,7%) and 12 crew (out of 870, or 1,4%). Although all sick suffered predominantly from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea), they tested negative for Noro virus. The ship was operating on a 7-day Alaskan cruise from Vancouver BC to Seward AK.

  27 June 2006Structural and Technical Issues

On June 27, 2006, during an Alaskan cruise, due to problems with the onboard satellite communication equipment, the ship had to skip Juneau AK as port of call along the itinerary. As compensation, passengers received US$100 in onboard credit.

  26 August 2002Propulsion / Power Loss

On August 26, 2002, en-route to Juneau, Alaska, and during a preparation to transit Gatineau Channel from Frederick Sound, for ~3 min the vessel experienced malfunction of its propulsion and steering systems. It was reported that the incident was caused by human error, when a crew accidentally turned a hydraulic pump off, thus temporary disabling the rudder.

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