Published on : Thursday, February 16, 2017
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson, a public affairs specialist, said Coast Guard inspectors just before 4 p.m. cleared the cruise ship to sail after they fixed all their discrepancies.
Dickinson said that, they did an inspection of the livesaving equipment and found safety concerns. Ultimately, Royal Caribbean had failed the inspection.
Royal Caribbean spokesperson said that, there were no issues with the ship’s engine, hull or other mechanical components. Replacement life jackets arrived on Tuesday and other technical issues were also encountered.
The original four-night itinerary was cut to three nights following the delay. Royal Caribbean has offered all passengers a refund of 25 percent of their cruise fare and 25 percent credit towards the cost of a future cruise.
Royal Caribbean kept the docked passengers entertained with food, shopping and shows on-board the static ship. Some passengers were reportedly dissatisfied with the lack of information regarding the status of the cruise on Monday and Tuesday, and are said to have been visibly upset in their conversations with crew members.