Captain No Longer at the Helm Following Brilliance of the Seas Nightmare Cruise

December 21, 2010

(11:15 a.m. EST) -- More than a week after Brilliance of the Seas listed violently in the Mediterranean, leaving public rooms and cabins in disarray and injuring more than 100 passengers, Cruise Critic has learned that Captain Erik Tengelsen, the ship's top officer during the incident, is no longer at the helm.
"Captain Erik Tengelsen has been placed on voyage leave so he may participate in the after-action review into of the severe ship movement Brilliance of the Seas," said Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. "Captain Henrik Sorensen, who was already scheduled to relieve Tengelsen on January 10, took command of the ship on Friday, December 17."

Martinez added that Tengelsen has not been fired, and as of now, he'll again be the captain of a Royal Caribbean ship. None of the ship's officers who were onboard during the list has been dismissed, suspended or demoted following the incident.

The post-incident review is being conducted by officials in the Bahamas, Brilliance of the Seas' flag state. According to Martinez, a team of Bahamas-appointed nautical investigators boarded the ship December 15 in Malta as part of the after-action review. We reached out to the Bahamas Maritime Authority for information on the investigation; we'll let you know what we find out.

As to the status of the ship, Royal Caribbean President and CEO Adam Goldstein said most of the aesthetic damage has been fixed, although the video arcade will be out of service until the end of the current cruise on December 29. Additionally, Martinez confirmed that a number of cabin TVs were broken during the list, and while "most" have been repaired or replaced, passengers on the current sailing without TVs will receive a $100-per-cabin onboard credit.
"There is now only superficial damage, with one or two damaged toughened glass panels covered in cling film to stop them shattering," posted current Brilliance passenger Bollinge on the Cruise Critic message boards.

--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor

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