Unexpected waterfall on Royal Caribbean's Harmony OTS after the ship avoids Cuban refugee raft

   January 7, 2023 ,   Accidents

There was an unexpected waterfall on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas on January 3rd, after the huge liner took an emergency maneuver in order to avoid an empty (suspected Cuban) refugee raft, thus causing one of the swimming pools to overflow.

Footage on social media showed water cascading down from Deck 15, where the accident took place, all the way down to Central Park/deck 8.

There were no reports of injuries/serious damage during the waterfall, after which Harmony OTS was able to continue the voyage.

At the time of the accident, Harmony OTS was heading to Cozumel (Mexico), after visiting Royal Caribbean's Bahamian private island CocoCay.

Harmony Of The Seas cruise ship

According to a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean, on Tuesday, Harmony of the Seas had spotted a raft at sea and had maneuvered to provide assistance. The maneuver had unexpectedly caused water from the pool deck to go over into a lower deck.

Fortunately, that had been immediately managed and cleaned up by the crew, and there had been no injuries or any damage.

The ship's 7-night Caribbean journey continued to the next destination as scheduled.

The raft was empty, and the cruise line provided details to the U.S. Coast Guard.

For more Harmony of the Seas incidents and accidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.