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Tuesday
Dec142010

Tossed Cruise Ship Docks in Malta; Passengers Revolt over Refund

Photo Courtesy - Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images(VALLETTA, Malta) -- A Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked safely in Malta Tuesday morning after severely listing in rough seas over the weekend, tossing passengers and loose objects like rag dolls.

The Brilliance of the Seas was carrying 2,100 passengers, including 1,600 American vacationers, when it encountered rough waters over the weekend in what the cruise line described as a "serious incident."  The 90,000-ton ship swayed as far as 15 degrees in either direction several times.

Several passengers reported minor injuries such as bumps and bruises and at least two people suffered broken bones.

The problems began when the ship left Greece.  Vicious storms lashed the Mediterranean Sea just before 3 a.m. Sunday morning, slamming the ship with 30-foot waves and 80-mile-an-hour winds as it approached Egypt.

The ship never made it to Egypt as conditions were too rough.  Some passengers became angry when a cruise ship representative said they would offer everyone a $200 credit following the ordeal.  After those protests, Royal Caribbean reversed its decision and decided to offer passengers a refund for the full value of the cruise.

The ship is expected to stay in port for a couple of days.

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