January Ship of the Month: Liberty of the Seas
Happy New Year everyone! We're starting 2018 off right as Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas is the Ship of the Month for January!
Liberty of the Seas Ship Stats
The Liberty of the Seas was built in 2007, is a Freedom-Class Cruise Ship, and can carry up to 3,634 passengers. She is 1,112 feet long, 126 feet wide, and comes in at a total of 160,000 tons. Liberty's top cruising speed is 21 knots. She features 15 decks with 28 bars and lounges. There are four types of staterooms offered on board. The types include interior staterooms, ocean view staterooms, balcony staterooms, and suites.
Liberty of the Seas Itinerary
The Liberty of the Seas currently sails 7 night Western Caribbean cruises to Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Falmouth, Jamaica; Roatan, Honduras; and Costa Maya, Mexico, from Galveston, Texas year-round.
Liberty of the Seas Ship Tour
Below is a video of tour from CruiseOne on YouTube!
Liberty of the Seas Incidents and Events
On June 4, 2009, a 62-year-old female passenger died ashore while swimming with her husband near Royal Palms, Florida. Assisted by another passenger who was jet-skiing in the area, she was brought to shore. Police and paramedics found her unconscious. In a local hospital she was pronounced dead.
On October 28, 2009, a former Royal Caribbean Captain, the 57-year-old Tore Myhra, died in a Miami hospital of Legionella pneumophila after becoming ill on the Liberty ship. He suffered from Legionnaire’s Disease symptoms, respiratory difficulty, dry cough, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. The man was traveling with his wife and daughter. The family filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean for damages, but the case was dismissed in 2012.
On January 5, 2011, a 21-year-old male passenger jumped overboard from Deck 12. His family reported him missing at 9:00 AM. When the man couldn’t be found on the vessel, CCTV camera records were reviewed. The footage showed that he climbed over the railing and jumped at 3:25 AM. The incident happened when the ship was at open sea and en-route to Belize, 6 miles west off Turneffe. Belize Coast Guard assets carried out a search and rescue operation, but the body was never found.
On January 30, 2012, a 47-year old female passenger died on the ship after missing a step and falling down a staircase. The woman was leaving the ship’s disco club “Catacombs.” When the incident happened, the ship was en-route to home port of Port Everglades on a 4-night round trip itinerary.
On November 20, 2012, 2 passengers died ashore in Cozumel, when their sand buggy lost control and struck a guard rail. The other 2 passengers, the driver and his wife, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The dead couple was from Orlando, and well known for their charity work in Central Florida. They were also part of a 28-friends group who was on a Carnival Cruise Lines organized 6-hour dune buggy riding tour in Cozumel.
On March 22, 2015, a 47-year-old male passenger jumped overboard at 9:00 PM. A witness report says the man “climbed over a railing” on deck 12. The ship was on a 4-day Mexico cruise to Cozumel, and en-route to home port of Port Everglades, 20 miles off the coast of Florida.
On December 21, 2015, an 8-year old boy drowned in a swimming pool on Lido Deck 11. The kid was spotted and pulled out of the water by a passenger. The ship’s med team immediately responded administering CPR and attempting resuscitation for over an hour unfortunately, they were unsuccessful. Unlike public swimming pools, most cruise ships don’t have lifeguards stationed at the on board pools. The accident occurred while the ship was at sea, en-route from Galveston to Mexico on the second day of a 7-day Western Caribbean Christmas cruise from Galveston,Texas, with call ports Cozumel, Roatan, Costa Maya.
On December 3, 2012, a medical emergency forced the ship to change the itinerary, skipping the Falmouth. The ship’s course was also altered so the injured man could be medevaced by a USCG helicopter. Blood donations from passengers were also needed to assist him. Strong winds prevented the helicopter to land on the helipad, so he had to be airlifted by basket.