What are The Dumbest and Weirdest Things Passengers Did on Cruise Ships?

Today, we are looking at the 7 dumbest, wildest, and strangest real things people have done on a cruise ship that got them kicked off, banned for life, serve jailtime, or even get a sit down with the FBI. So, let’s get straight into today’s crazy stories.

1. A Quick Dip – Symphony of the Seas

Onboard Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas which has just docked in Nassau, Bahamas, a hungover passenger wakes up still drunk from last night. He sees his friends on the 11th floor balcony and bets that he can jump off the ship. His friends cheer him on, as he stands on the balcony railing, 125 feet above the sea.

Jumping from this height, there’s a 95% chance of death. Luckily, the passenger survives and a nearby tugboat comes to his rescue. But the force of impact has permanently damaged his neck and tailbone and the passenger was unable to sleep for the next three days. Both he and his friends were immediately kicked off the cruise ship and were of course, permanently banned from cruising on Royal Caribbean ships.

2. Oops, Anchor! – Ryndam

Next, we have a truly wild, crazy story, that I had to read several times just to make sure I read it correctly – so brace yourself. In 2010, a 44-year-old California businessman enjoys a formal night onboard Holland America’s Ryndam ship. At dinner, he drinks 4 glasses of wine, followed by 3 shots of vodka before returning to his room to sleep. On his way to bed, he decides to take the sleeping drug Ambien, before completely changing his mind and going to the casino.

While playing, he orders 5 single and 4 double martinis, before the bar closes in the early morning hours. After everyone leaves, the unsatisfied, intoxicated passenger breaks into the liquor cabinet and consumes a quarter bottle of Grey Goose Vodka. At 5:30AM, he then sneaks into the aft crew only area, which is captured on CCTV, and makes his way to the anchor release system.

The passenger, who owns a 50ft yacht himself, then wanted to “try the anchor out”. And while the ship is moving full speed at 18 knots an hour, he actually managed to drop the ship’s stern anchor. The ship was rocked by the opposing forces, as the engines try to move the ship forward but the anchor tries to keep the vessel back.
The whole ship comes to a halt. The captain, startled by what has happened, looks out of the bridge and spots a lifebuoy in the ocean and immediately orders an emergency muster station to make sure no one got injured by the incident and to count all 1,600 passengers onboard.

Meanwhile, the intoxicated businessman is found by ship security and he admits to lowering the anchor and throwing a lifebuoy overboard “just for fun”. The passenger gets locked up, until the ship safely docks in Tampa, Florida several hours later. The FBI come onboard to interrogate him.

Given the serious danger of his actions, which could have disabled the ship’s propellers and even lead to the ship sinking putting at risk over 2,000 lives, the passenger is arrested and prosecuted on charges of attempting to “damage, destroy, disable, or wreck a vessel”. He is found guilty but got off easily only being sentenced to four months imprisonment, three years’ probation and a $7,500 fine.

 

3. #InstaFamous – Allure of the Seas

As the Allure of the Seas approaches Royal Caribbean’s private island resort of Labadee, Haiti, a passenger sees a lady climbing on her balcony’s railing. Thinking she might jump off the ship, he immediately alerts crew of the situation. After the passenger gets identified, she explains that she was actually just trying to take pictures for her Instagram feed and didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. She and her companion were both kicked off the ship in the next port of Falmouth, Jamaica for endangering themselves and were banned from Royal Caribbean for life.

4. Gift Card Fiasco – Disney Wonder

Next, we actually don’t have a passenger, but a crew member, getting kicked off. One day, Gomes, a Brazilian National that has been working on the Disney Wonder as a merchandise host, decides to activate and steal a $40 gift card. When he realizes he got away with it, he became more brazen, taking several $1,000 Disney gift cards with him every day – and no one said a thing.

So, while on vacation, the crew member took his whole family on an ultra-luxury trip to Disney World, where he used his gift cards with the embezzled funds to pay approximately $8,200 on housing and approximately $30,000 on food, beverage, merchandise and entertainment expenses. Adding up to over $37,000 (actually $38,900) worth of costs for a 2-week family vacation.

Upon returning to the ship, he continued stealing gift cards, amassing $275,000 worth of them by the end of his first year at Disney Cruise Line. But, he was out of luck. His manager, became suspicious of the sudden increase in gift card activations and upon finding out what was happening, informed the FBI, who arrested the crew member on embezzlement charges.

He was sentenced to 15 months in prison and will have to repay the company the $37,000 he spent on his family vacation earlier that year.

5. Viral Stunt – Carnival Liberty

Next up, we have an attempted viral stunt onboard the Carnival Liberty. A group of teenagers on the Carnival Liberty, set out to make a viral YouTube video. One of them decides that dangling off the side of the moving vessel would be a good idea and risks his life doing so, as his friends’ film and laugh. Had he slipped he would’ve immediately been pulled under the ship and sucked towards the propellers, guaranteeing death.

Their quest at making a viral video also didn’t pan out as YouTube ends up taking down their video for promoting life-threatening actions and Carnival investigated the incident and ended up banning the passengers for life.

If you haven’t realized yet, there seems to be a pattern of intoxicated passengers doing some crazy stuff, the same goes for the next story.

6. Your Fridge, My Fridge – Carnival Magic

An alcoholic passenger and his friends onboard a Carnival Cruise have finished all the liquor in their mini fridge. Unwilling to pay for their booze at a bar, they realize that their neighbours cabin is empty and the balcony door open. While the vessel is moving, the intoxicated passenger scales the outside of the ship by climbing onto the neighbouring balcony and stealing alcohol from their mini fridge. They continue doing so, until a security guard spots them on CCTV and arrests them onboard. They were dropped off at the next port, had to pay for their own flight home, and were of course, banned for life from Carnival Cruises.

7. World Cruise Bust

Here’s a cruise packing tip for you: When travelling on a world cruise, don’t bring 200 pounds of cocaine. Two Canadian Women went on a stunning world cruise from London through South America all the way to Sydney, Australia. They were there on a mission though: bring $22million worth of cocaine from a port in Peru to Sydney.

Along the way, they boasted about their luxury vacation on Instagram and Facebook, before docking in Australia, where the police boarded the ship after a tip-off and arrested the women. They were sentenced to 7-8 years in prison and of course, banned from future cruises.

There you have it, some of the dumbest and weirdest things people did that got them kicked off a cruise.

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    What are The Dumbest and Weirdest Things Passengers Did on Cruise Ships?

    Today, we are looking at the 7 dumbest, wildest, and strangest real things people have done on a cruise ship that got them kicked off, banned for life, serve jailtime, or even get a sit down with the FBI. So, let’s get straight into today’s crazy stories.

    1. A Quick Dip – Symphony of the Seas

    Onboard Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas which has just docked in Nassau, Bahamas, a hungover passenger wakes up still drunk from last night. He sees his friends on the 11th floor balcony and bets that he can jump off the ship. His friends cheer him on, as he stands on the balcony railing, 125 feet above the sea.

    Jumping from this height, there’s a 95% chance of death. Luckily, the passenger survives and a nearby tugboat comes to his rescue. But the force of impact has permanently damaged his neck and tailbone and the passenger was unable to sleep for the next three days. Both he and his friends were immediately kicked off the cruise ship and were of course, permanently banned from cruising on Royal Caribbean ships.

    2. Oops, Anchor! – Ryndam

    Next, we have a truly wild, crazy story, that I had to read several times just to make sure I read it correctly – so brace yourself. In 2010, a 44-year-old California businessman enjoys a formal night onboard Holland America’s Ryndam ship. At dinner, he drinks 4 glasses of wine, followed by 3 shots of vodka before returning to his room to sleep. On his way to bed, he decides to take the sleeping drug Ambien, before completely changing his mind and going to the casino.

    While playing, he orders 5 single and 4 double martinis, before the bar closes in the early morning hours. After everyone leaves, the unsatisfied, intoxicated passenger breaks into the liquor cabinet and consumes a quarter bottle of Grey Goose Vodka. At 5:30AM, he then sneaks into the aft crew only area, which is captured on CCTV, and makes his way to the anchor release system.

    The passenger, who owns a 50ft yacht himself, then wanted to “try the anchor out”. And while the ship is moving full speed at 18 knots an hour, he actually managed to drop the ship’s stern anchor. The ship was rocked by the opposing forces, as the engines try to move the ship forward but the anchor tries to keep the vessel back.
    The whole ship comes to a halt. The captain, startled by what has happened, looks out of the bridge and spots a lifebuoy in the ocean and immediately orders an emergency muster station to make sure no one got injured by the incident and to count all 1,600 passengers onboard.

    Meanwhile, the intoxicated businessman is found by ship security and he admits to lowering the anchor and throwing a lifebuoy overboard “just for fun”. The passenger gets locked up, until the ship safely docks in Tampa, Florida several hours later. The FBI come onboard to interrogate him.

    Given the serious danger of his actions, which could have disabled the ship’s propellers and even lead to the ship sinking putting at risk over 2,000 lives, the passenger is arrested and prosecuted on charges of attempting to “damage, destroy, disable, or wreck a vessel”. He is found guilty but got off easily only being sentenced to four months imprisonment, three years’ probation and a $7,500 fine.

     

    3. #InstaFamous – Allure of the Seas

    As the Allure of the Seas approaches Royal Caribbean’s private island resort of Labadee, Haiti, a passenger sees a lady climbing on her balcony’s railing. Thinking she might jump off the ship, he immediately alerts crew of the situation. After the passenger gets identified, she explains that she was actually just trying to take pictures for her Instagram feed and didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. She and her companion were both kicked off the ship in the next port of Falmouth, Jamaica for endangering themselves and were banned from Royal Caribbean for life.

    4. Gift Card Fiasco – Disney Wonder

    Next, we actually don’t have a passenger, but a crew member, getting kicked off. One day, Gomes, a Brazilian National that has been working on the Disney Wonder as a merchandise host, decides to activate and steal a $40 gift card. When he realizes he got away with it, he became more brazen, taking several $1,000 Disney gift cards with him every day – and no one said a thing.

    So, while on vacation, the crew member took his whole family on an ultra-luxury trip to Disney World, where he used his gift cards with the embezzled funds to pay approximately $8,200 on housing and approximately $30,000 on food, beverage, merchandise and entertainment expenses. Adding up to over $37,000 (actually $38,900) worth of costs for a 2-week family vacation.

    Upon returning to the ship, he continued stealing gift cards, amassing $275,000 worth of them by the end of his first year at Disney Cruise Line. But, he was out of luck. His manager, became suspicious of the sudden increase in gift card activations and upon finding out what was happening, informed the FBI, who arrested the crew member on embezzlement charges.

    He was sentenced to 15 months in prison and will have to repay the company the $37,000 he spent on his family vacation earlier that year.

    5. Viral Stunt – Carnival Liberty

    Next up, we have an attempted viral stunt onboard the Carnival Liberty. A group of teenagers on the Carnival Liberty, set out to make a viral YouTube video. One of them decides that dangling off the side of the moving vessel would be a good idea and risks his life doing so, as his friends’ film and laugh. Had he slipped he would’ve immediately been pulled under the ship and sucked towards the propellers, guaranteeing death.

    Their quest at making a viral video also didn’t pan out as YouTube ends up taking down their video for promoting life-threatening actions and Carnival investigated the incident and ended up banning the passengers for life.

    If you haven’t realized yet, there seems to be a pattern of intoxicated passengers doing some crazy stuff, the same goes for the next story.

    6. Your Fridge, My Fridge – Carnival Magic

    An alcoholic passenger and his friends onboard a Carnival Cruise have finished all the liquor in their mini fridge. Unwilling to pay for their booze at a bar, they realize that their neighbours cabin is empty and the balcony door open. While the vessel is moving, the intoxicated passenger scales the outside of the ship by climbing onto the neighbouring balcony and stealing alcohol from their mini fridge. They continue doing so, until a security guard spots them on CCTV and arrests them onboard. They were dropped off at the next port, had to pay for their own flight home, and were of course, banned for life from Carnival Cruises.

    7. World Cruise Bust

    Here’s a cruise packing tip for you: When travelling on a world cruise, don’t bring 200 pounds of cocaine. Two Canadian Women went on a stunning world cruise from London through South America all the way to Sydney, Australia. They were there on a mission though: bring $22million worth of cocaine from a port in Peru to Sydney.

    Along the way, they boasted about their luxury vacation on Instagram and Facebook, before docking in Australia, where the police boarded the ship after a tip-off and arrested the women. They were sentenced to 7-8 years in prison and of course, banned from future cruises.

    There you have it, some of the dumbest and weirdest things people did that got them kicked off a cruise.

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      CruisesforSingles.net is dedicated to providing quality information on the subject of Cruises for Singles and in particular various other cruise ideas for customers and merchants online.

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