Explorer of the Seas

Stats

Year built: 2000

Speed: 24 kn

Passengers: 3,114

Crew: 1,180

137k tons

15 decks

Itinerary

The Explorer of the Seas currently sails 7 night Alaska cruises from Seattle, Washington.

Incidents

On September 14, 2012, the ship was docked and moored in Kings Wharf, Bermuda, when strong winds pushed the Norwegian Star at the it’s stern. Both ships suffered only minor damages and continued their itineraries.

On February 16, 2008 , while the ship was en-route to Florida from Cape Liberty on a 9-days Caribbean cruise, the crew on the Navigation Bridge heard a faint distress call with accident coordinates over the radio. It was sent from the crew of a 39 foot sailing yacht named “Tumbleweed”. The yacht was motionless, experiencing breakdown of both its engine and sails.

On January 29, 2009, while leaving the Samana port, one of the ship’s propellers struck an unidentified object under water and was bent. The 11-day itinerary was changed and the ship returned in Bayonne NJ on Feb 1. On Jan 30, the vessel stopped near Turks & Caicos islands and drifted for over 1 hour while divers inspected and photographed the damaged propeller. The ship proceeded at reduced cruising speed to St. Thomas, where divers repaired the bent propeller. The St. Thomas port stay was extended 6 hours.

On February 28, 2010, while en-route to Puerto Rico, at about 4:00 AM, the ship experienced 45-degree listing. Some said the ship was close to capsizing. For brief moments, passengers cabins on deck 3 were under water. At 4:30 AM the Captain publicly announced “losing control of the ship”. The ship listing lasted about 2 minutes. The cause for the incident was the ship’s autopilot that failed for a minute after the wind changed. In Sun Juan, many passengers were taken to local hospital for treatments.

On May 5, 2010, a 26-year-old male crew jumped overboard. The man was working as bartender on the ship. The suicidal jump was recorded on a CCTV camera. The vessel turned around and circled the area for about 2 hours, but the body was never found. The accident happened 8 hours after the ship left Sun Juan Puerto Rico.

On June 9, 2011, a 52-year-old female passenger died in Mangrove Bay. The woman was on a helmet diving tour along with her family when began to experience breathing difficulties. CPR was given, then she was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. Med staff was unable to revive her and at the hospital she was pronounced dead .

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