Problems With Coast Guard Inspection on Majesty of the Seas

I hate to bring up something negative about cruising. Since I live so close to Port Canaveral, I watch the ships as they depart. I noticed that the Majesty of the Seas did not depart when she should have.  I latter discovered that she had failed a routine Coast Guard Inspection on Monday.  She was not cleared to sail until the next day after the violations were corrected.  It seems that some of the life jackets were in poor condition.  There was nothing wrong with the engine, hull or other mechanical components. 

 

The ship was supposed to sail a 4-night Bahamian cruise and instead had a 3-night cruise.  The ship is one of RCCLs older ships (1992.)  Some passengers claimed that they were not kept informed; others say that they were.  At least one couple left the cruise that I know of.  The ship returned to Port Canaveral this morning.  Passengers received an on board credit of 25% of the cost of their cruise plus a 25% credit on a future RCCL cruise. 

 

 

Tags: Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas RCCL failed Coast Guard Inspection Poor Condition of Life Jackets finally passed inspection

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This even made news where we are. I am kind of pleased that the coast guard do inspections and there are penalties for non compliance. Some sites who accused cruise lines of being the scum of the earth also accuse the CG of always doing nothing. This picked up a few ears here.

Thanks for the information.  That should calm folks who believe it is "rubber stamped" so that the industry can make money.  Yes, I have heard it said.

I have been on cruises that were delayed while the ship was being inspected by the Coast Guard.  Sometimes there were lengthy delays and nothing wrong was uncovered.  Now we know that they do their job. 

 

25% credit for a delay that was the fault of the cruiseline seems fair, but is still a major inconvenience.  Who on the ship is responsible for maintaining life jackets ?  He / she should have been made to walk the plank with one of the jackets on.   

I agree with John on this one. I am guessing the ships do not check these or at least not often enough. This also raises the question of how long have these life preservers been like this and how often does the ship check them? Pretty sad when you have to rely on the CG to find these types of things.

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