Jewel of the Seas



Year built: 2004

Speed: 25 kn

Passengers: 2,501

Crew: 842

90k tons

13 decks


The Jewel of the Seas sails 7 to 9 night Greek Isles cruises from Rome, from April to November. From November to April she sails Southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico.


On September 26, 2004, on a Canada New England cruise itinerary, when the ship was docked in Saint John, New Brunswick, a 65 foot long fin whale was found stuck on the bulbous bow.

On September 22, 2006,  At 8:00 PM, at a service area on crew deck 2 mid-ship, a small fire broke out. The smoke affected 7 of the cruise cabins, and passengers had to be reassigned to other staterooms. The incident was caused by a lit cigarette accidentally tossed into a trash can. Automatic sprinklers were activated. No injuries or major damages were reported.

On August 3, 2010, while on a Baltic Sea itinerary, the ship experienced propulsion problems with 1 of its all 4 hydraulic motors. The incident resulted in a reduced cruising speed and itinerary changes. Royal Caribbean announced repairs started in Harwich, but a replacement motor was needed to be completed. The motor was replaced in Russia while the ship was docked in St Petersburg.

On December 7, 2010, at 5:00 AM, while en-route to Cartagena, Colombia, the ship started to vibrate for 15 minutes, lowering its cruising speed. At 6:00 AM the Captain announced via the PA system that the ship hit a plastic pipe segment. The object was across the bulbous bow, and by forward–backward movements of the ship they shook it off the bow. These efforts caused the shaking and vibrations. The incident caused a 30 minute late arrival in the Port of Cartagena and 1 hour late departure to compensate for the lost time. While docked in Colombia, divers were inspecting the ship for damages below waterline. Local authorities were notified. On this itinerary, most of the Colon shore excursions were cancelled due to flooding caused by torrential rains.

On February 7, 2015, while en-route to San Juan , Puerto Rico, a small fire broke out in one of the stacks. It was quickly extinquished, but the incident caused a malfunction of the ship’s air conditioning system for 5 hours, and the sewage system was out for 2 hours. After leaving the port, there was a power outage for 10 minutes, caused by a blown breaker.

On December 10, 2005, a 59-year-old female passenger fell overboard while the ship was en-route to Nassau, Bahamas. The woman was last seen at 9:00 AM, and reported missing by her husband at 1:00 PM. The conducted search and rescue operation didn’t find the body.

On September 6, 2012, the ship was on a Transatlantic re-positioning cruise from Europe to the US. While sailing in the region of Faroe Islands, the vessel hit a cable strung between two of the islands. The incident resulted in an injured crew and damaged mast and some equipment on it. The injured crew was transferred to a local hospital. The vessel remained seaworthy and continued the Atlantic Ocean crossing. The itinerary included stops in Iceland and Canada.

On January 24, 2016, US news media reported that authorities in call port San Juan Puerto Rico arrested 7 male passengers, and charged them with drug smuggling. The police found 10 packages of cocaine in their suitcases during routine cabin inspections. The ship was about to leave port on a round-trip 7-day Southern Caribbean itinerary to Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, St Maarten, St Croix.

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