Coast Guard Holds Majesty of the Seas in Port for Faulty Life Saving Equipment

February 15, 2017
Majesty of the Seas

(Update 7 a.m. EST) -- Majesty of the Seas set sail yesterday at 5 p.m. -- 24 hours after its scheduled departure time -- after replacement lifejackets arrived to the ship. Royal Caribbean gave each passenger onboard credit of 25 percent of the cruise fare paid for the sailing, and a future cruise certificate for 25 percent of the cruise fare paid for being inconvenienced.

(8:11 a.m. EST) -- Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas is holding in Port Canaveral after the ship failed a surprise inspection by the Coast Guard. Among the "technical issues" the Coast Guard found fault with were concerns over some of the lifejackets onboard.

"[Monday], the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a routine inspection of Majesty of the Seas," according to a Royal Caribbean statement. "They came across some technical issues, including some outdoor lifejackets that were showing their age. We hope to have replacements join the ship today and we expect to address the other issues shortly. The ship stayed in port overnight."

Petty Officer Ryan Dickinson of the U.S. Coast Guard said, generally speaking, problems with older life jackets can include fraying straps that could break when a person was in the water or disintegrating foam that will not float in the water. He did not offer specific information on how Majesty of the Seas' life jackets failed.

A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean said the line will not know the impact on the itinerary until it knows what time the ship will be able to leave. The line is finalizing compensation plans for passengers.

According to Cruise Critic members onboard Majesty of the Sea, including Lurch104, free drinks were provided in Boleros and at the Schooner Bar for a few hours; additionally passengers were permitted to disembark to take advantage of landside attractions.

--by Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor