Majesty of the Seas Life VestThe U.S. Coast Guard ordered Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas to remain at Port Canaveral after a safety inspection yesterday revealed problems with the ship’s life vests.

Upset passengers quickly went to social media to voice their displeasure:

As reported by local ABC affiliate WFTV- 9:

@eric_thebruce tweeted:  "How many life jackets aren’t up to code @RoyalCaribbean? This didn’t sneak up on you. Thanks for checking @uscoastguard" 

@Jktaylor1 tweetded "@RoyalCaribbean come on man. 1st the Captain makes an announcement we are leaving early morning. Now we are delayed until 1400. #Unsatisfied"

@vballrach1 tweetded "@RoyalCaribbean we are spending the night in port due to safety violations reported by the Coast Guard. never had this happen before"

The Majesty of the Seas is a Sovereign-class cruise ship built in 1992.  The nearly 25-year old ship apparently had old life vests aboard the ship which were in a state of disrepair. The Coast Guard stated that its inspection revealed "some technical issues, including some outdoor lifejackets showing their age."

A month ago, a lifeboat fell off from another one of the older Royal Caribbean cruise ships, the 20-year old Grandeur of the Seas, while the ship was at port in Charleston.    

The Majesty is expected to replace the life vests today and sail later this afternoon. 

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Photo Credit: Coast Guard Statement – @MarkLehman

  • Paulette jones

    We just sailed on this cruise ship Feb 10-13. Thank goodness we had no issues that required use of life jackets.

  • Raymond Mann

    Related to this was an incident that occurred on NCL’s Norwegian Epic during their transatlantic Crossing from Barcelona to San Juan where they were scheduled for their annual safety inspection (for whom I probably should have reported this incident).
    One day during the crossing my wife and I and friends were walking around the “promendade deck” when we spotted a couple having emotional problems, in as much as one of the couple was actively signaling that something was wrong. The other in the couple had their shoes off and were at the rail. We immediately summonsed a ship’s officer who assisted and followed the couple inside for consultation. As a recently retired (40 years) Operations director for a US flag steamship company,I know ship operations, safety, engineering etc. I mentioned to friends that if anyone were to go overboard, that they must first throw liferings overboard and anything else that floats to highlight the area and then summons help from the ship. I went to the closest lifering and attempted to lift it from its bracket, – BUT was surprised and amazed to find that it was frozen in place. After numerous attempt, I found a ships crewmember and asked for him try to remove the lifering. He also could not. I asked for him to call a ship’s officer – for which he did. The officer could not remove the ring. The situation and my patience was waning and demanded to see the Chief Officer. After a period of time, he arrived and I explained the situation. He tried the ring, and again, he could not remove it. He said that he would look into the situation, but did not seem to worried about the seriousness or the consequences of this blatent safety violation. I questioned his lack of interest and his reply was “what more do you want me to do?” At that point I said – “how about doing your job.” He departed and it was not until the next day that anyone worked on freeing up the lifering.
    Seeing this, I requested a meeting with the ship’s safety officer, and was granted one the next day. We met with Dave, and explained the incident. His remarks were also unprecedented….replying similarly “what do you expect me to do about it.” Again, I was amazed – particularly since I found that they had their annual USCG inspection due in San Juan (the first US port.
    NCL’s staff was disturbingly lax and portrayed the attitude that none of the safety on the ship is their problem. I even asked whether “me” as a passenger is responsible? By then, they wanted nothing to do with me and mentioned that they had several other things to do and that I should not worry about the ship’s items, and just enjoy my vacation.
    I am still (to this day) aggrevated that I did not report this incident to the USCG at San Juan.
    My career was spend making ships, seamen, and anyone around the vessels safe – and these two (supposed) ship’s officers of NCL had no concern about portraying any safety concerns to me, particularly when I mentioned what I did for a living.
    I only hope that NCL’s other vessels are not operated in this manner. A word to everyone – when you pass by the liferings – give them a little tug to see if they are free…….

  • Anonymous

    So, passengers are concerned that their life jackets aren’t up to snuff, but have no problem ignoring the emergency announcements and complaining to no end about having to muster quietly for 30 minutes for one safety drill before departure. Cruise passengers need to decide whether they really care about safety or if they only care about it when they can complain that something was wrong and ask for compensation as a result.