More Bumpy Seas!

GTS BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS at Piraeus. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2010.

Following last week’s widely publicized storm-tossed crossing of the MV CLELIA II in the Drake Passage, Royal Caribbean International’s 2002-built, 90,090 gt GTS BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS encountered extremely rough seas and high winds as she approached Alexandria, Egypt on Sunday morning, rolling up to 15 degrees and injuring up to 70 passengers in addition to damaging furniture and breaking glass. The ship proceeded onwards to Malta and will finish her cruise in Barcelona as originally scheduled. On board credits and a full refund of the current cruise fare are being offered to the ship’s 2000 passengers as compensation for the experience. Meanwhile, Carnival’s 1996-built, 70,367 MV CARNIVAL INSPIRATION was unable to return to Tampa Monday morning due to rough weather in the region and is now slated to return on Tuesday. Her next scheduled five night cruise will be reduced to a four night cruise. According to Gene Sloan at USA TODAY’s Cruise Log, Carnival is offering “a pro-rated refund representing one day of their cruise fare, along with a shipboard credit representing the government fees and taxes for the scheduled call in Grand Cayman and a stipend for Monday’s lunch. Those passengers also will receive a 20% discount toward a future three- to five-day Carnival cruise. Passengers also have the option of canceling and receiving a future cruise credit equal to the fare paid for the five-day voyage.”

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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