Year built: 1997
Speed: 22 kn
The Rhapsody of the Seas sails seven night Western Caribbean Cruises from Tampa, Florida, during the winter cruising season. Ports of call include Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico. During the summer, she sails six to eight night cruises from Venice, Italy, to Greece and Croatia. Ports of call include Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Santorini, Greece; Katakolon, Greeece; Corfu, Greece; Piraeus (Athens), Greece; Mykonos, Greece; and Argostoli, Greece.
On April 25, 2016, the ship was en-route from Barcelona to Corsica, when at 4:00 AM, a freak wave struck the superstructure, breaking the windows of 5 Oceanview cabins on Deck 3. The incident resulted in many passengers suffering from shock and minor injuries, partial flooding of decks 2 and 3. Passengers from the affected cabins spent the rest of the night at Schooner Bar and the aft lounge Shall We Dance (both on deck 6). In the morning, 45 were relocated to other accommodations, while another 44 disembarked the ship in Corsica. To fix all damages, the scheduled stay in port Ajaccio was extended for 6 hours. As compensation, all affected passengers were fully refunded and received a free RCI cruise certificate. For the 44 that left the ship in Corsica, Royal Caribbean arranged and covered all hotel and travel expenses. The accident occurred in the beginning of a 9-day Mediterranean and Adriatic cruise visiting Corsica, Naples, Sicily, Malta, Montenegro, Ravenna.
On July 17, 2012, a 62-year-old male passenger died ashore in Alaska. The deceased Michael Ray Fullerton was on a self-organized Alaskan kayaking excursion on Mendenhall Lake. He and 3 members of his family were on a river kayak when it overturned. The man got tired and couldn’t paddle anymore, so the touring group decided to tie all kayaks together. His kayak somehow overturned, and he fell into the ice cold water. When they found and brought him to the shore, he was in the water for 30 min, and already not breathing. A local fireman tried CPR, but was unsuccessful. The man was pronounced dead at the Juneau’s Bartlett Regional Hospital. The other of the kayaking group were treated for mild hypothermia.
On December 21, 2013, a male passenger fell overboard at 2:00 AM. The ship was en-route from Sydney. When the accident happened, the vessel was 340 miles east of Brisbane. The man’s body was found at 9:30 AM. The P&O Australia’s ship Pacific Pearl was also involved in the search and rescue operation.
On April 5, 2013, while on an 8-night South Pacific itinerary from Sydney, the ship’s security staff disembarked a 29-year-old male passenger for rowdy behavior. He was left in Noumea for throwing items overboard from deck 9. Passengers removed from Royal Caribbean ships for violating the line’s “Guest Conduct Policy” are responsible for paying all travel expenses back home.
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