Royal Caribbean Refunds Passengers After Dream Cruise Turns into Nightmare

By ,   October 2, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

In March 2017, a roundtrip Voyager of the Seas cruise from Sydney (NSW Australia) turned into a nightmare for regular passengers. The issues started when the liner was overrun with over 1300 workers booked by the India-based tobacco company Kamla Pasand. They boarded the ship on a company-sponsored cruise to attend a conference at sea.

Voyager Of The Seas cruise ship

Reportedly, the Indian passengers were rampaging with wild deck parties, women dressed like Playboy bunnies, men running amok, taking over pool deck's bars and Lido restaurant, harassing other passengers, even sabotaging pre-scheduled onboard events (bingo, trivia games, classes, themed activities, live performances). Families had to take refuge inside as the scantily clad women danced on decks. The Indian workers brought “crates and crates” of their own food on the ship.

As compensation, all regularly booked Royal Caribbean passengers were fully refunded.

The accident occurred during 10-day South Pacific Islands cruise (itinerary March 5-15) roundtrip from homeport Sydney to Noumea (New Caledonia), Mystery Island (Vanuatu) and Mare (New Caledonia).

For other Voyager of the Seas accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.