Enchantment of the Seas
Year built: 1997
Speed: 22 kn
The Enchantment of the Seas currently sails 3 and 4 night cruises to the Bahams from Miami, Florida.
On September 30, 2009, two cruise ships experienced a collision incident, both suffering minor damages. Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Legend was just released from its berth in Cozumel, Mexico, when she was caught by strong winds and pushed against the side the docked Enchantment. The Carnival ship sustained minor damages to some of its open deck areas.The RCI ship suffered damage to its stern and to some of the railings. No injuries were reported on both cruise vessels, and they continued with the respective itineraries. The incident happened at 6:15 PM. The Enchantment was on 5-night Caribbean itinerary from Fort Lauderdale , Florida. The Carnival ship was on a 7-night Caribbean itinerary from Tampa, Florida.
In May-July of 2005, during its Rotterdam dry-dock stay in The Netherlands, the Royal Caribbean Enchantment ship was stretched. An 11,300-ton, 73 ft long prefabricated midsection was added. The refit resulted in an increased passenger capacity (151 new cabins), new venues, a water-play area, suspension bridges, a bungee trampoline. The middle-section was made by Aker Finnyards, towed to Rotterdam Holland and added to the ship at the Keppel Verolme shipyard. Following the overhaul, the Enchantment ship re-entered service on July 7, 2005. The list of other stretched cruise ships includes the MSC Cruises ships Armonia, Lirica, Opera, Sinfonia, also the Phoenix Reisen’s Albatros and the Fred Olsen ships Black Watch, Balmoral, Boudicca, Braemar.
On October 31, 2006, strong winds caused the cruise vessel to drag its anchor 1000 feet. Then the anchor ran into a barge that was moored off Georgetown. The ship suffered 2 dents in its hull and a 100 foot long hull scrape.
On November 11, 2007, the ship experienced a power loss incident and had to be assisted by a tug boat to enter and dock in home port of Port Everglades. Next departure to Western Caribbean was delayed, and Key West was skipped. Also, most cruise cabins with mid ship location were without air conditioning. Reports said the vessel was operating with half propulsion. As compensation, all passengers received $200 in on board credit, plus 25% discount on a future Royal Caribbean cruise.
March 23, 2010, upon its departure from Cartagena, Colombia, the ship experienced propulsion problems caused by malfunction of 3 of all 4 diesel engines. When the power load was reduced on the propulsion system, engines 2 and 3 shot down, forcing engine 4 to start increasing its load to compensate the power loss, which caused its overload and shut down.
July 27, 2011, while transiting Chesapeake Bay and en-route to homeport Baltimore MD, the ship experienced a navigation problem with its portside rudder. The cause for the incident was malfunction of one of the steering gear’s pumps (number 4). Investigation showed the pump’s control panel was dismounted from the bulkhead. The failure was due to loose electrical connections after the panel fell and hit the floor. During the incident, the ship operated its rudders with all 4 pumps. The incident didn’t cause steering loss, so the ship completed the transit safely. Repairs were done by the crew en-route.
On March 23, 2012, while on a Bahamas cruise itinerary out of Baltimore Maryland, the ship experienced propulsion problems with its stabilizers. The incident caused itinerary changes, with extended port stay in Port Canaveral, Florida, where the units were fixed. The Coco Cay port call was shared with another RCCL ship. The Key West port docking was late, and lasting only for 7 hours. As compensation, some CocoCay excursion were refunded.
On April 29, 2015, three cruise vessels, the Enchantment ship, fleetmate Quantum of the Seas and the, Norwegian Gem assisted in a rescue operation searching for an yachtsman who fell overboard from his boat. Soon an USCG helicopter arrived in the area, and 1 hour later the man was found and rescued.
On March 24, 2013, a 62-year-old female passenger died from a heart disease. She was found dead by her husband in their cabin on deck 7. The ship was on a Baltimore round trip itinerary. Ship officers contacted the FBI and Baltimore police following a standard procedure. Autopsy report showed death from natural causes.
On January 11, 2011, 3 male crew were arrested in Baltimore and charged for drug smuggling of cocaine and heroin. Officers using a sniffer dog found it in a locker in a crew-access only facility on the ship. The ship was back from a 12-night Caribbean itinerary from Baltimore, with call ports Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, BVI. The three crew men were working in the ship’s kitchen.
On July 26, 2011, a 42-year-old male passenger was fined in Bermuda $1000 after customs staff discovered drugs in his cabin. The man pleaded guilty for importing drugs. The crime incident happened during a routine ship search using a sniffer dog. They found 9 grams of cannabis.
On January 12, 2012, a 25-year-old crew was arrested on charges for sexual assault of a minor. The man had a sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl on the Baltimore cruise to the Bahamas. The bartender served the teenager and her family during the voyage. On December 23, the assaulted girl was alone on the pool deck when encountered the bartender. He took her into a men’s changing room and raped her. CCTV camera records confirmed the victim’s account. Later, the man admitted his crime and on Jan 11 was indicted on count of sex abuse of a minor.