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OASIS OF THE SEAS - CAME INTO MIAMI PORT EARLY


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Two medical emergencies on board required she make her way to port as quickly as possible.

The Captain announced they had consulted with doctors on land and determined this was safer than a helicopter evacuation.  There are situations where a helicopter evacuation can't be performed or isn't advisable. 

The only impact to the cruise was the casino and shops closing early.    Otherwise you would have never known we were in port approximately 6 hours early.  

Due to tides we were scheduled to be at the pilot station at 2am and we actually arrived at the pilot station near 8pm.  

Ships often have to divert for medical reasons.  Helicopter evacuations are not standard.  Three weeks ago Empress had to visit Key West on an unscheduled basis to drop off a medical emergency.  That caused her to reach Miami a few hours late the next day.  It happens quite often and we frequently see ships from different cruise lines diverting or returning to port for medical emergencies.

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4 hours ago, capecod said:

Why did the Oasis of the seas come into Miami port early on the December 1 thru December 8th sailing.

6000 passengers where cut short their cruise and had to sit in port. If it was a medical emergency shouldn't of med flight been used?

 

@capecod, were you on the ship when it happened?  If you were, what do you think the guests missed or lost in terms of the cruise experience?  Port stops?  Food options? (as had been pointed out) Casino and shop access?  

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Dan and I were on the Oasis 1 Dec cruise, too.  We don’t feel like we missed out on anything except some casino time and honestly, it was probably a bigger hit, financially, to a Royal than it was to us. In fact, I’m certain that it was their loss, not ours ! It had -0- impact to us.  We got a good night’s rest for disembarkation. 

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The other piece of the equation, even under ideal circumstances with highly trained and experienced crews, medical evacuations at sea via helicopter are always inherently risky operations.  It is not worth risking the patient, the aircrew, or those in the immediate vicinity's health and well being to keep a few retail locations open a few hours more.  RCI absolutely made the right call to forgo additional profits to protect everyone involved.

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We were on the Independence of the Seas for the Dec 5-9th cruise. I noticed the ship was close to Havana when I went to bed the first night, but turned back to Miami because a woman broke her neck. My husband was in medical early the next morning and she was there with ship security and two different police uniforms (about 4 total)  around her.  They headed to Cozumel full speed but didn't arrive until after 1pm causing a tremendous crowd at guest relations for shore excursion problems. The ship didn't leave Cozumel until about 1030pm meaning the shops and casinos were closed until then and there a lot of rowdy people upset!  

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