Royal Caribbean cruise ship sets sail after day’s delay

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Majesty of the Seas, press photo

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – The Latest on a cruise ship stuck at Port Canaveral (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship has set sail from Florida a day later than scheduled because of problems with life jackets.

The Majesty of the Seas set sail Port Canaveral on Tuesday evening after a 24 hour delay.

A Coast Guard inspection Monday found that some of the ship’s life jackets were showing their age.

Company spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez says the Coast Guard found other technical issues that were addressed.

Martinez says the ship’s 2,515 guests will receive onboard credit for 25 percent of their cruise fare as compensation for being inconvenienced.

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2:30 p.m.

Royal Caribbean officials say replacement life jackets have arrived at a cruise ship that was delayed from leaving Port Canaveral, Florida, because of problems with life-saving equipment aboard.

Company spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said Tuesday in a statement that some of the outdoor lifejackets on the Majesty of the Seas were showing their age.

She says that during a routine inspection the U.S. Coast Guard found some other technical issues that are being addressed.

Passengers had already boarded the Majesty of the Seas Monday afternoon when it was announced that their departure from Port Canaveral would be delayed.

The 880-foot-long vessel can typically carry more than 2,700 guests and a crew of about 900.

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5:15 a.m.

Passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship who were expecting to be on their way to the Bahamas instead spent the night stuck at a port in central Florida after Coast Guard inspectors found safety issues on board the ship.

News outlets report that passengers had already boarded the Majesty of the Seas when their Monday afternoon departure from Port Canaveral was delayed.

Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Dickinson said the delay had to do with the life-saving equipment on board, not the ship’s engine. He did not give further details.

Royal Caribbean apologized to the delayed guests on Twitter and asked for patience.

The 880-foot-long vessel can typically carry more than 2,700 guests and a crew of about 900. It’s unclear how many were on board.

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