The cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas was caught by storm off Greek coast and suffered slight damages of the public areas. The ship was en route from Corfu to Santorini, but west off Peloponnese peninsula was caught by bad weather, heavy rains and strong winds. The vessel entered into an area of low pressure storm, which caused strong winds and increased list. Some public areas suffered slight damages, including twelve of the large Panorama windows in the Viking Crown Lounge on Deck 11 and also glass surface of the pool deck. Fortunately there were no injured passengers, as all were requested to stay in their rooms until weather improves.
“Rhapsody of the Seas encountered sudden strong winds for a brief period of time”, said the director of global corporate communications for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Cynthia Martinez. “The ship sustained some minor damage to public areas, but is safe and fully operational. Weather conditions have improved throughout the day”, added she.
Later during the day, the weather improved and cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas successfully resumed her voyage to Santorini. The vessel was on regularly scheduled 10-night itinerary round trip from Venice to Corfu, Santorini, Athens, Mykonos, Kotor and Zadar.
Rhapsody of the Seas is a Vision-class cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International. The vessel has overall length of 279.00 m, moulded beam of 32.20 m and maximum draft of 8.00 m. The ship has 12 decks and maximum capacity for 2,435 passengers and 765 crew. The cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas has deadweight of 8,439 DWT, gross tonnage of 78,878 GRT and net tonnage of 46,560 NT.