Last updated: 09:52 AM ET, Wed April 27 2016

Freak Wave Damages Rhapsody of the Sea, Floods Cabins

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 27, 2016

Freak Wave Damages Rhapsody of the Sea, Floods Cabins

Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

Several passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship were forced to end their vacation early when a giant wave struck the vessel during a nine-night sailing to Ajaccio, Corsica. The wave struck at around 4 a.m. local time, causing windows to break and flooding several cabins.

“On Monday, April 25, while sailing to Ajaccio, Corsica, Rhapsody of the Seas encountered inclement weather. Five stateroom windows on the third deck were broken, resulting in water incursion,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement. “Six rooms were damaged, and carpeting in some nearby hallways and staterooms on deck three was soaked by water. No serious injuries were reported. The windows were replaced and the ship resumed her itinerary.”

“Because of the soaked flooring, which could not be immediately replaced without causing great inconvenience, 45 guests were relocated to other staterooms, and 44 departed the ship in Corsica,” the statement from Royal Caribbean continued. “We have compensated all the affected guests with a full refund and future cruise certificate in the total amount of the cruise fare they paid for their sailing, as well as handling accommodations and travel costs for those who left the ship.”

Reports on social media from passengers onboard painted a similar picture of the incident:


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