This evening we received inquiries for information whether there was a "man overboard" from Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas cruise ship.  

The last time we received such direct inquiries was last Sunday when we received emails asking us whether a crew member went overboard from the Celebrity Summit cruise ship.  We did not have any information.  But two days later the U.S. Coast Guard issued a press release indicating that that a 30 year crewmember went overboard.  The Coast Guard’s statement contained the cruise line’s statement that the crewmember allegedly "jumped" but it is less than clear what happened.

Does anyone have information whether there was a passenger or crew member overboard from the Radiance?  We are informed that the cruise ship is sailing from Sydney at the moment. 

According to our records, the last overboard situation on the Radiance of the Seas occurred in March 2010.  it involved a crewmember and can be read here

If anyone sailing on the Radiance has information, please leave a comment below. 

We hope that this is a false alarm and 2012 finds all of the crew and passengers safe and sound.

January 2, 2012 Update:  See passenger comment below:

  • Anonymous

    A man overboard was called on board the Radiance on New Years Eve. A gentleman was seen climbing over the railing and so the bridge was called and the emergency response team set into motion. However, thankfully the gentleman had not actually jumped yet. A few of the crew tried to talk him down, and eventually one managed to get close enough to grab him before he fell and then with the assistance of other crew members were able to pull him to safety. The gentleman in question was not injured in anyway.

  • BKL

    I was on the Radiance of the Sea during the above mentioned period last week. I find it interesting that the above account was not given by RCL to the passengers. However, I had heard several variations of this account through the passenger grape vine (along with several other various suggestions concerning the incident). What the above account does not make clear is that a full blown “Oscar” event was called. I witnessed a smoke flare released from the stern at the first call of “oscar, oscar, oscar starboard side aft” the ship slowed and turned around, a rescue boat was launched, a search initiated that lasted about 20 minutes, and at least four life rings, marked Radiance of the Sea were recovered from the sea by the rescue boat. If the crew was able to pull the gentleman off of the rail, why was an “oscar” event announced, life rings tossed into the sea, and announcements made ship wide (including in the staterooms) for the same person to contact guest services, repeatedly for at least an hour after the ship’s captain announced that it was a false alarm. Once we resumed our transit of the Tasman Sea, the event was never mentioned by RCL again. Probably no one was lost, but I wish that RCL had been more forthcoming with an official statement, rather than let the passengers sort it out for themselves. I know that right up to the last day of our cruise, the “Man Overboard” event was a topic of conversation and curiosity.

  • anonymous

    I was onboard at the time of the incident and was the only person sat at the skybar deck 11.
    The guy in question (reportedly a jumper) was an elderly gentleman (80yrs)and was pulled back on deck by a barman called beresford (a well built guy)I overheard beresford discussing the incident with a barmaid, apparently the old guy was saying he just wanted to end it (he previously had a fall out with his wife earlier), he was then confined to his cabin (and guarded by security for the remainder of the voyage, his wife was moved to another cabin. You would think at 80 years of age they would have had every imaginary fall out you could think of.

  • gjr

    This incident sent a sad/bad/sick feeling throughout the vessel on what was an amazing, exciting, and otherwise very happy cruise. It occurred at about 4-4:30pm. We were just finishing trivia in the colony club with a great view at the rear/stern of the vessel when the OSCAR call rang out. Four lifebuoy/flares were immediately deployed and the vessel slowed and did a complete turn which took several minutes. The rescue craft had been released with three crew aboard. You wonder how anyone could be found even with the swift, decisive and professional action that this crew took! They were brave to be out there in what were relatively flat (for the Tasman) but choppy seas with a biggish swell and strong winds. I have very high praise for the Capt and his crew’s actions on that day. It was very interesting to follow and did instil confidence that whatever could be done would have been done to bring the best of conclusion to a difficult situation. (Even down to seeing a passing container vessel changing course and steaming to the area to help). I had a misguided view of helping so eventually headed for our cabin to obtain my binoculars. On arrival I found security and crew attending a suspected/reported fire forward on our deck 8. Our room did smell a bit/different but it wasn’t a fire – no smoke was evident in the corridor and the slight smell did clear rather quickly (I put it down to some exhaust intact through the air con system maybe when vessel turned around! Unsure!). Eventually I did find out what had occurred from a reliable source (fellow passenger) and it does concur with the anonymous Jan 5 (eye)witness report. It was comforting to know that a crew member acted in advance and threw a lifebuoy overboard on the suspicion that this gentlemen may not have been overpowered. The Capt and crew should be congratulated on their swift action, skill and professionalism in handling both incidences (that occurred simultaneously). Yes, afterwards, there was a constant calling for certain passengers but I put that down to a few fellow related passengers going to ground after the event. (I assumed that it was a personal/domestic type of cause). I assumed, from his nature, that Capt Sindre would have been directly involved in the immediate follow up and this could have explained why there was no vessel announcement forthcoming. Such incidences would take time to resolve and because of the private nature it must have been deemed inappropriate to make an eventual final announcement. Interesting to note that the incident came within half an hour of the Capts Corner when a question was raised about overboards and jumps off cruises. Again I congratulate all crew of the Radiance on their outstanding service and thank them for what was a trip of a lifetime for our family. All’s well that ends well, I hope. For the record we lost the trivia (but did win some along the way!)