The Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship Majesty of the Seas failed to pass US Coast Guard safety inspection in port in central Florida and was detained until fixing the issued. The Coast Guard inspectors revealed problems with the ship’s life jackets and safety equipment. They ordered the vessel to remain in the port instead of sail to its Bahamas cruise. It was estimated that the number of life fests was less than the documented ones, while some old life vests aboard the cruise ship were in a state of disrepair. The US Coast Guard officially stated that its inspection revealed some technical issues, as well as some outdoor lifejackets being inappropriate and obsolete.
“The delay had to do with the life-saving equipment on board, not the ship’s engine”, said the Coast Guard spokesman, Ryan Dickinson.
The ship is being held at port, until those safety issues can be addressed. Passengers said customer service representatives with Royal Caribbean has indicated that the ship will not leave until Tuesday night, at the earliest.
MS Majesty of the Seas (IMO: 8819512) is a Sovereign-class cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and operated by Royal Caribbean International. She was built at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyards in Saint-Nazaire, France, and placed in service on April 26, 1992. The vessel has overall length of 268.22 m, moulded beam of 32.31 m and maximum draft of 8.53 m. The vessel has deadweight of 6,953 DWT and gross tonnage of 74,077 GRT.