(1:25 am) According to a number of sources currently sailing onboard Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas, the ship was delayed for roughly 12 hours after sustaining damage from an inadvertent reef collision earlier in the current sailing.
Reports from the Rhapsody of the Seas claim that the ship recently was caught in a very violent storm, which caused the ship to come in contact with a nearby reef between Champagne Bay, Espiritu Santo and Luganville, Vanuatu. Rhapsody of the Seas reportedly did not lose power and was able to proceed to Luganville for repairs under her own power. The reef reportedly damaged the ship enough to force the Rhapsody of the Seas to remain in Luganville for roughly 12 hours on Friday while repairs were made. Due to this extended time in port, the ship was forced to skip a scheduled call at Mystery Island, Vanuatu on Saturday. Instead, the ship will proceed to her next port of call, Lifou, New Caledonia.
Cruise Currents has reached out to Royal Caribbean for comment and is currently awaiting a response.
Rhapsody of the Seas is currently sailing with approximately 2,435 guests on a 12 night roundtrip South Pacific cruise from Sydney. She is expected to return to Sydney on December 12th.