Major emergency at sea as Navigator of Seas cruise liner takes on water after leaving UK
PANIC engulfed a cruise liner when staff wearing life jackets rushed to deal with a flood after the ship began taking on water in the Atlantic Ocean.
Passengers onboard the Navigator of the Seas vessel, part of the Royal Caribbean International company, described hearing a “loud bang” at about 3am on Sunday before the ship began to take on water. A crew member onboard said a „Bravo code” was used, which many cruise lines use to alert crew to a fire or other serious incident on board without alarming passengers. The crew member told site Crew Centre: “Captain announced bravo code at night, the crew bar was full and suddenly everyone started running.
“One of the stabilisers on the Navigator of the Seas broke and made a hole at the hull, they had to close an entire fire zone because it was leaking water like crazy.
Passengers onboard the Navigator of the Seas vessel, part of the Royal Caribbean International company, described hearing a “loud bang” at about 3am on Sunday before the ship began to take on water. A crew member onboard said a „Bravo code” was used, which many cruise lines use to alert crew to a fire or other serious incident on board without alarming passengers. The crew member told site Crew Centre: “Captain announced bravo code at night, the crew bar was full and suddenly everyone started running. “One of the stabilisers on the Navigator of the Seas broke and made a hole at the hull, they had to close an entire fire zone because it was leaking water like crazy.
“They sounded the alarm and there were crew walking around with life jackets.”
The ship, which had set sail from Southampton on October 26 for a 10-night tour to the Canary Islands, was forced to make an emergency stop at the nearest port. Crew members had managed to make a temporary repair until it arrived at the port of Vigo, north west Spain. Passenger Paul Edwards from Worcestershire said: “We were experiencing rough sea last night, and then in the early hours last night we heard a bang. “We were told there was a minor technical fault with the stabilisers and we had to dock in the Port of Vigo, Spain for 24 hours while they fixed it. “But, it was a major problem and we were on a ship hundreds of miles from land taking on water. “But what I am really angry about is that they are trying to keep it hush, hush.”
The vessel was due to arrive in Vigo on November 3 as a final port of call before heading back to the UK. Guests onboard were told the Captain is due to make an announcement about the rest of the scheduled cruise. The ship is still docked in Vigo with passengers offered only a 25 percent of their fare to spend on board the ship and 25 percent off any future fare with the company as compensation. Some fear they could be charged for extra days, with passenger Tina blasting on Twitter: “Currently on Navigator of the Seas, can totally appreciate the ‘technical problems’ but this change of itinerary is a joke!
“Just seems like a money maker for Royal Caribbean to me with the extra days at sea. 25 percent onboard credit?!”
Mr Edwards added: “It feels like being in prison. Can’t do anything, can’t go anywhere.”
Royal Caribbean said in a statement: “Navigator of the Seas is making repairs to resolve a technical issue. The ship is fully operational with no impact on its manoeuvrability or the safety of our guests and crew. However, because of time needed to make the repair, it was necessary to modify her current itinerary. “Navigator will now call on Vigo, Spain for an overnight stay on Sunday, October 28. It will then sail on to Gran Canaria, Canary Islands on Wednesday, Oct 31 and Tenerife, Canary Islands on Thursday, November 1. The ship will return to Southampton, England on Monday, November 5 as scheduled.”
The company added in an updated statement: „We have now addressed the issue and received all necessary clearances and approvals to resume our itinerary safely and comfortably.”
Some customers have also denied that compensation was offered, with one tweeting: “That’s, unfortunately, not what we are nearly getting!”
Caribbean cruise ship ports are expected to welcome more than nine million visitors this year —a record capacity. The cruising industry has shown no signs of slowing down. In fact, countries like Asia have begun preparing their ports to accommodate ships like the Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas – the two largest cruise ships in the world – in order benefit from the booming market.
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