Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Diverts to Drop off Sick Passengers

Serenade of the Seas which is a Royal Caribbean cruise ship made an unexpected diversion yesterday by calling at Bermuda. The ship needed to drop off sick guests for further medical care on land.

Serenade of the Seas Diverts

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship made an unscheduled call to Bermuda on Tuesday. The reasons were due to several sick passengers who needed further medical care on land. We don’t usually post about medical disembarks as it can be common and is expected on a cruise ship with thousands of guests.

But in this case, the ship went off course and diverted during her 12-night voyage. The guests were sick enough for the captain to decide to head for the cruise destination and meet a pilot boat to drop them off. At the time the vessel was sailing from Boston to St. Maarten in the eastern Caribbean.

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson told Bernews:

“Cruise ship ‘Serenade of the Seas’ is due into Bermuda this morning to conduct the medical disembarkation of three passengers suffering from a range of issues.

“Transfers will take place in the Murray’s Anchorage area due to offshore swell, with ships medical team escorting patients ashore via pilot boat St. David, for transfer via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.”

The itinerary was not delayed or impacted by the ship sailing to Bermuda and Serenade of the Seas did continue as normal with the rest of the voyage. We do hope those passengers get better and make full recoveries.

Also Read: A Simple Guide on Royal Caribbean Ships by Size

Serenade of the Seas is currently sailing a 12-night cruise which departed Boston, Massachusetts on October 28. Ports of call include St. Maarten, Antigua, Barbados, Curacao and Aruba. The ship will begin her winter season sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 9.

Serenade of the Seas is a Radiance-class cruise ship and is 90,090 gross tons. She can carry 2,100 guests at double occupancy.

This news comes just days after a Royal Caribbean cruise ship had to divert due to a technical issue with one of the stabilizers. You can read all about that right here.


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