Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2013 by Peter Knego
The 1992-built, 32,396-gt THOMSON MAJESTY (ex BIRKA QUEEN, ROYAL MAJESTY, NORWEGIAN MAJESTY, LOUIS MAJESTY), operated by the British-based Thomson Holidays, was the setting in which five crew members perished while conducting an emergency drill at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The five crew, who hailed from The Philippines, Indonesia and Ghana were killed when a lifeboat detached during a safety drill, plunging them 65 feet into the harbor waters. Two Greek nationals and one Filipino crew member were also moderately injured in the mishap.
Owned by Cyprus-based Louis Cruises, THOMSON MAJESTY is based in the Canaries and was carrying 2,000 passengers at the time of the crew-only incident.