Jewel of the Seas Sails Into Cable, Damages Radar, Injures 1

Damge to radar mast (Cruise Critic member ryano)

Earlier this morning, the Jewel of the Seas was sailing into the port of Klaksvik in the Faroe Islands when the ship clipped an overhead cable, damaging the radar mast and injuring one crew member.

In a statement provided to Mikey’s Cruise Blog, Royal Caribbean says that, “the Jewel of the Seas was sailing into the port of Klaksvik, when the ship came in contact with a cable that extends between Bordoy and Eysturoy Islands.  All the navigational tools and charts we use to plan our voyage, including information we obtained from the local port authorities and harbor master in advance of our arrival, indicated we had enough clearance to pass under the cable. While the ship did sustain some damage to equipment located on the mast, as well as to the mast itself, this in no way affects the seaworthiness of the ship.  Local officials responded to Jewel of the Seas, and after inspecting the damage to the ship concluded that the ship can safely sail.”

Unfortunately during this accident, one crew member, who was on the open deck near the mast, was struck by falling debris. Royal Caribbean says that the crew member was initially treated onboard, but required additional medical attention.  The crew member was transferred to a local area hospital, along with a member of our Care Team.

Jewel of the Seas is currently underway sailing to her next port of call, Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.