Vision of the Seas Shipmates Sun, Sea & Sass

Maybe some have more information about this. I go a email about it and then Googled and found more. It seems a TV Show out of UK Called Shipmates chartered Royal Caribbean Cruises Vision of the Seas for a reality TV show on Channel 4 TV. It was marketed as a “"party-fueled luxury cruise ship" cruising the Mediterranean. About 20 people on the cruise were in a TV Show contest, but they involved many passengers and the ship was filled with 20 something party kids.


The Shipmate contestants competed in challenges and other passengers would judge the winners and losers. But it turned into a drunk party reported Cocaine was being supplied around the ship. Anchored Travel chartered the ship from Royal Caribbean Cruises and sold the passage on the ship. They have another cruise set for 2019.


Found this story Some highlights from Sun News


“cops raided the boat”. Picture show packages of what looks like Coke. Passengers told The Sun:

"It was easier to get a bag of coke on-board than it was to get a drink. It was mad."

“Sometimes you didn’t know if you were on a cruise or in the middle of some drug-fuelled orgy.”

“People were smoking weed.”


What happen to Royals zero tolerance policy for use of illegal drug?


Maybe another memebr here knows more...




3 Answers

The first thing that came to mind is how all of the cruise ship drug bust stories I’ve heard were on the ship and well into the cruise. (Several cruise lines, not just RCCL).

So apparently getting drugs onboard really isn’t too hard, no matter which line.

The zero tolerance seems to be when a person is caught. Doesn’t seem to be much procedure for prevention of drugs getting onboard in the first place.


As far as this specific cruise:

I am thinking that RCCL let this carry on a bit since they wanted the higher authority LEO’s to handle it once they got to a port and not just their onboard security team.

Wow! First that I've heard of this. Glad that I was not on this cruise.

It was a private charter of the ship so I do not think any of our members booked the trip. It does show that Royal can and does break the rules for profit. It is not a cruise I would have wanted to be on either.


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