The Harmony of the Seas in Rotterdam. Source: Wikimedia
One Filipino crew member has died and four others employees were injured in an accident on the Harmony of the Seas, the world’s biggest cruise liner.
The 42-year-old sailor died when a lifeboat, with five members of the crew on board, became detached from the fifth deck during a safety drill, causing it to fall 10 metres into the sea. Two other members of the crew were reportedly in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The giant vessel was in Marseilles.
One Indian crew member and four Filipinos were on the lifeboat, the media was told.
It is the world’s largest cruise liner with a length of 362 metres, and it can carry more than 8,000 passengers and crew.
A Royal Caribbean statement said: “We are sorry to share the sad news that a crew member aboard Harmony of the Seas has died of injuries suffered during a lifeboat drill conducted while docked at the port of Marseilles, France.
“Four other crew members received medical treatment in the same incident. We are keeping our colleagues and their families in our thoughts and prayers.”
The liner had its maiden voyage on May 29. It is higher than a 25-storey building and longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall. It has 20 restaurants, 23 swimming pools, a theatre and casino.
The ship has 76 interior cabins featuring “virtual balconies”, that present a real-time view outside for windowless rooms.
The Bahamas-registered vessel has more than 4,900 restaurant covers, it weighs almost 227,000 tonnes (more than 17,000 elephants) and one of its four bow thrusters has the power of seven Ferraris.
It has more pictures on its walls than the Louvre, 340 wines available and 40 beers. There are 40 varieties of bread and 100 types of pastry baked in its kitchens, and 1.8 million litres of fresh water consumed each 24 hours.
The ship has seven “neighbourhoods’’ across 16 passenger decks which include youth and sports zones and a shopping mall with designer shops and cafés.
The Boardwalk has an old-fashioned carousel, a Starbucks, 1950s-style diner, a souvenir shop and bar. Central Park is a leafy dining enclave with a real garden and footpaths.
The vessel took the title as the world’s longest ship from Royal Caribbean’s older cruiser, the Allure of the Seas, by 12cm.