Due to an abrupt turn, one of the swimming pools in the Royal Caribbean cruise ship overflooded and gave the passengers a 6-deck waterfall.
On January 3rd, the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas cruise ship was heading towards Cozumel in Mexico. The ship started its journey from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on December 31. It then made its way toward Nassau and CocoCay (a private island owned by the cruise line).
After a relaxing and peaceful two days, the atmosphere in the ship drastically changed when a swimming pool located on deck 15 of the ship overflowed with the water coming down to deck 6. Deck 6 was kind of like a central park area, where people casually hung out and relaxed. There was also another swimming pool on this deck.
Videos started circulating of the incident showing a huge amount of water falling into the deck, which did seem like a huge waterfall. No injuries were reported due to this incident. But one must ask how this incident took place.
What led to the waterfall on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship?
The ship was just crossing the straits of Florida when it spotted a refugee ship. To avoid hitting the smaller ship and causing any damage to the people on board, the ship took a sudden turn, which led to the overflowing of the swimming pool on the upper deck. It was later found out that no one was actually present on the refugee ship.
A spokesperson from the cruise line told a newspaper, “On Tuesday, January 3, Harmony of the Seas spotted a raft at sea and maneuvered to assist. This maneuver unexpectedly caused water from the pool deck to go over into a lower deck of the ship.”
They further added, “Fortunately, this was immediately managed and cleaned up by our crew, and there were no injuries or any damage. The 7-night Caribbean cruise continued to the next destination as planned.”