Radiance of the Seas



Year built: 2001

Speed: 25 kn

Passengers: 2,143

Crew: 894

90k tons

13 decks


The Radiance of the Seas currently sails 7 night Alaska Hubbard Glacier cruises from Seward, Alaska, and Vancouver, Canada.


On November 25, 2009, while maneuvering for docking in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, a minor collision occurred between the docked Radiance and the maneuvering for docking Carnival Splendor. The incident caused a small dent in the Radiance’s front. Both vessels were examined and deemed seaworthy. After the incident, the RCI Captain was removed from the ship, and replaced by another Captain.

On August 26, 2002, wile en-route to Juneau, Alaska, and during a preparation to transit Gatineau Channel from Frederick Sound, for 3 minutes the vessel experienced a malfunction of its propulsion and steering systems. It was reported that the incident was caused by human error, when a crew accidentally turned a hydraulic pump off, thus temporary disabling the rudder.

On June 27, 2006, while on an Alaskan cruise itinerary, due to problems with the satellite communication equipment, the ship had to skip the Juneau AK port of call. As compensation, passengers received $100 in on board credit.

On October 28, 2006 itinerary, the ship was on an Eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary round trip from Port Everglades, Florida. At 2:00 AM on Nov 4, a fire broke out in the buffet restaurant “Windjammer”.

On October 2008, due to financial considerations, Royal Caribbean cancelled all the ship’s South American cruises in 2009 and 2010 and kept the vessel for operation of additional 24 Mexican Riviera itineraries out of San Diego, California.

On January 27, 2011, on most of the 2011 voyages, the ship was departing and arriving in home port of Tampa, Florida, under orders of the USCG assigned COTP (“Captain of The Port Order”). This situation was caused by malfunction of one of the vessel’s 2 Azipods. This propulsion system problem made the vessel inoperative for maneuvering in port and required tractor tugs to escort it every time it was in Tampa Bay for safety reasons. This problem was fixed in late Fall when the ship entered dry dock for a scheduled overhaul.

On March 21, 2010, a male passenger fell overboard at 8:00 PM. After the code “Oscar” was announced, the ship slowed down and turned, then rescue boats were launched. The man was found unresponsive and brought back on the ship. CPR was conducted for 20 minutes, but was unsuccessful. The man was pronounced dead.

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