Cruise Ship Accidents

Cruise Ship Accidents
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CruiseMinus reports major cruise ship accidents, latest news, cruise line incidents and various types of cruise incidents on passenger ships. The Cruise Minus news project provides statistical data on “negative cruise” events at sea and ashore. In time, we will also build our own database of cruise passenger testimonials. Here you will find detailed reports on cruise ship disasters (sinking, running aground/groundings, allisions), ship collisions, fires, mechanical/technical incidents and accidents, air and sea pollution incidents, Norovirus and other cruise illness outbreaks.

Our list of cruise ship incidents also has reports on cases of crew and passenger deaths, injuries (overboard, missing people, drowning, suicides, violence /assaults and sexual crimes), cruise law news (individually filed lawsuits, class action cases, scandals, etc).

From here, you can browse easily the major cruise lines ship accidents by following these links to CarnivalRoyal CaribbeanNCL NorwegianP&O PrincessCelebrityHolland AmericaMSC and CostaHurtigruten. At page bottom are all Asian cruise lines ships.

Cruise Minus

As soon as something wrong happens on a particular cruise vessel, we publish a professional report regarding the accident/incident, and we follow the unfortunate event further adding updates on it. This creates an unofficial cruise ship accident database of “bad cruise” events at sea and on shore (during private or group excursions and tours).

Cruise Ship Accidents - Cruise MinusHowever, this unique cruise ship accidents dedicated project also allows YOU – the crew member or the cruise traveler – to participate and add your very own incident report here. You are welcomed to share with the others your personal “negative cruise” experience by submitting comments and/or updates via the CruiseMinus “contact us” form. You can mail us a detailed report, or simply share your thoughts on events at sea you know about or whatever cruising-related bothers you.

The idea is much like that of a cruise forum, but with one HUGE difference – you will not find topic discussions here. CruiseMinus is all about your personal cruise travel events and bad vacation experiences, and not about discussing them or arguing about them. The reasons are simple.

You have here the opportunity to read and post about cruise events at sea and ashore, and share facts that the big-money making cruise line companies don’t like – and want to forget. However, all major cruise forum sites are either owned or influenced (some even manipulated financially) by the lucrative cruising industry. Mockering the complainants in most cases discourage people with negative cruise (“minus”) experiences to share or even to comment there.

Organized as a separate topic (titled “Passenger testimonials”), our comments section will appear on the ship’s page as soon as such report arrives via e-mail. At CruiseMinus you are free to share and complain (even anonymously, if you like so) about a particular cruise vessel or onshore events. Unlike on forum sites, at Cruise Minus you will find no sympathy or compunction – but you will be heard.

Once you submit your report/comment, it will be first checked for authenticity and moderated (cleaned, if needed) removing foul language, grammatical errors, etc.

Cruise Ship Accidents

Despite everything you read here about the dangers on cruise ships, remember to stay positive and don’t be afraid of cruising. Unarguably, ship cruises are among our time’s top 5 “best value for money” travel vacation deals. And remember that even cheapest cruise deals are almost all-inclusive. You ticket price includes the accommodation, all meals (almost 24 hour available), room-service (on most passenger shipping lines), live entertainment, modern swimming pools and jacuzzies, Not to forget the unique itineraries with plenty of ports of call – on your very own and so special vacation travel on a cruise ship.

Most of the statistical data regarding passenger ship accidents and cruise incidents is based on official reports published online by the United States Coast Guard (USCG.mil). Other sources are online news media and local police reports. The statistics for cruise illness outbreaks is based on official reports published online by the US agency “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” (CDC.gov). Our cruise ship tracking service is sponsored by VesselFinder.com.

  • The USCG department is a branch of the US Armed Forces. It provides maritime service to both military and commercial/civilian marine vessels in distress at sea. The department provides a maritime law enforcement service, and has jurisdiction in both US and international waters.
  • CDC is the USA’s national public health institute, and a federal agency under the umbrella of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC agency is headquartered in the state of Georgia (DeKalb County, located northeast of Atlanta city).
  • VesselFinder is a free AIS marine traffic tracker providing real-time ship tracking service and historic ship positions (vessel movement) data worldwide.

What is the difference between cruise incident and accident?

“Accident” implies a negative association. Accidents usually result in major damages, serious injuries or even loss of life. The word is synonymous to mishap, unforeseen/unplanned bad event or circumstance with a negative outcome. For the argument sake, some use “accident” in a positive manner, when describing something bad that happened which lead to good things after all. Accidental love comes to mind.

Since “incident” can refer to anything bad or wrong that happened, it could imply both positive and negative associations. “Incident” is used to describe feature events, usually with some adjective before the word explaining the incident type.

These two words are majorly different, but often confused and interchangeably used. However, not so many among the cruise incidents can be termed “accidents”. In most cases, these are simply unfortunate events (without Jim Carrey, of course).

Types of incidents and accidents on cruise ships

Cruise ship accidents and incidents can be classified as:

  • disasters (sinking, grounding, capsizing, collision, allision, terrorist and pirate attacks, pollution, crashes and killings on land tours/shore excursions)
  • mechanical (fire, propulsion issues, power loss) – often result in cruise cancellations.
  • sickness / illness outbreaks (Norovirus/GastroIntestinal, Influenza, Legionellosis/aka “Legion Fever”) – often result in delayed embarkation or itinerary changes.
  • deaths (overboard jumps/missing passengers and crew members, drowning in ship pools, critical traumas, murder, suicide, Myocardial infarction/heart attack)
  • injuries (rape, assault, battery, fractures by accidental falling/slipping)
  • crimes (bomb threats, robbery, drug smuggling/possession, arrests for past fugitive warrants, theft, belligerent behavior and indecent exposure by intoxicated passengers)
  • weather-related (heavy fogs, squalls, storms, hurricanes) – usually result in itinerary changes and ports of call delays.

NOTE: By the “Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act” (pdf), all cruise lines and passenger shipping operators are required by law to report to FBI any criminal activity against US citizens. Reports are mandatory even on incidents at sea, during which the vessels were in international waters.

The most common accidents on cruise ships are caused by:

  • rogue waves (may reach height of up to 100 ft / 30 m)
  • Hurricanes and squalls /heavy storms at sea (10 such events per season on average)
  • ship fires (a total of 72 onboard fire incidents happened between 1990-2011)
  • collisions (6 cruise vessels sunk hitting the sea bottom /rocks and reefs) or icebergs between 1990-2012, the most notorious accident being on the Costa ship Concordia.
  • allisions – when the vessel strikes a fixed object (such as pier, rocks, buoy, etc), usually happen during docking/undocking maneuvers.
  • Norovirus illness (an average of 15 virus outbreaks on cruise ships happen per year).

Cruise ship passenger accident claims

The 4 biggest ever mistakes a passenger can possibly make are:cruise ship passenger accidents - CruiseMinus

  1. Failing to read and understand the terms and conditions of the cruise ticket contract. Given to all passengers before they embark on a cruise, the cruise ticket contract contains all the limitations against the cruise ship line/company and the specific terms for filing an injury claim.
  2. Failing to report the cruise accident/injury immediately after it occurred. In order to receive compensation, a person on board the cruise ship should act immediately to report the incident/injury, collect witnesses’ testimonies, and document about the claim.
  3. Settling for less. After being injured, a cruise passenger is likely to be shortchanged by the cruise line/company, who will want to settle the claim by offering worthless gifts (like vouchers, for example).
  4. Not seeking proper medical care. Most passengers will visit the ship’s medical center after being injured, but will fail to follow up with their doctors once they of the ship/get home. For a positive outcome regarding the claim, it is important to document the injuty/injuries as much as possible.

Know, that maritime law is often confusing even to experts. Get in touch with an experienced attorney specialized in cruise ship accident claims to help you avoid these common mistakes and receive the compensation you’re entitled to.

Cruise ship disasters

Synonymous to “misfortune” and “catastrophe”, “cruise disaster” implies an event causing a major destruction (ship crash, sinking, wreckage, manslaughter) and widespread distress.

The worst among all disastrous events at sea are:

  • RMS Titanic sinking in the Atlantic (1500 drowned /year 1912)
  • SS Eastland tipping over in Chicago IL USA (800 drowned /year 1915)
  • MS Eastern Star (China-Yangtze River cruise ship) hit by cyclone, capsized and overturned (442 dead or missing /year 2015 June)
  • MS Aleksandr Suvorov (Russia-Volga River cruise ship) crashed into a railway bridge girder, still in service (177 killed /year 1983)
  • TSMS Lakonia caught fire and sank near Madeira island Portugal (128 drowned /year 1963)
  • MS Bulgaria (Russia-Volga River cruise ship) sank in the Kuybyshev Reservoir in Tatarstan, Russia (122 drowned /year 2011)
  • Concorde plane crash accident – a French aircraft with 100 Peter Deilmann cruise passengers (booked on MS Deutschland) crashed on takeoff from Paris France, leaving no survivors.
  • Costa Concordia accident – hit a rock, capsized, sank near Giglio island Italy (32 drowned /year 2012)
  • The terrorist attack on cruise passengers in Tunisia (22 killed /year 2015)
  • MS Westerdam passengers were killed in an Alaskan plane crash accident (9 killed /year 2015).
  • (statistics) In the period 1979-2013, a total of 55 cruise ships sank, of which 15 in the period 2010-2013.
  • (statistics) In the period 1979-2013, a total of 106 cruise ship collisions were reported, of which 79 in the period 2005-2013.
  • (statistics) In the period 1990-2013, a total of 139 cruise ship fires were reported, of which 101 in the period 2005-2013.

Ship grounding accidents

Ship grounding is a marine accident in which the vessel impacts on the seabed. When the grounding is severe, it applies extreme loads upon the ship’s whole structure. In less severe incidents, running aground results in stranding and minor hull damages. Serious accidents (like in the Costa Concordia disaster) result in hull breaches, oil spills, even (like with the Concordia) total loss of the cruise ship and human casualties.

  • Worldwide statistics show grounding accidents are ~1/3 of all commercial marine shipping accidents, and are second in frequency after the ship collisions.
  • (statistics) In the period 1972-2013, a total of 131 passenger ships ran aground, of which 66 in the period 2005-2013.

Ship pollution at sea

On April 22, 2016, “International Maritime Organization” (IMO) officially banned cruise ships and ferries from dumping their untreated wastewater into Baltic Sea. The ban will be enforced in 2019 (for new vessels, built after 2010) and in 2021 (for older ships). The ban will chiefly affect larger ships cruising in the Gulf of Finland during summer. The measure makes Baltic Sea the world’s first open sea region banning the passenger ships’ sewage-dumping practice. Statistics show that 300+ international cruise vessels call at Helsinki port every year.

Note: In the table below, all ship pollution related incidents are marked as “sea pollution”. Most of the official reports are for the region of Alaska issued by USCG and also by port authorities.

Cruise crime reports and statistics

A huge part of all listed below incidents reports and news are related to crimes done on cruise ships. Among those are murders, sexual assaults, criminal batteries, robberies. However, the most violent crimes on cruises are done ashore.

A 2008 poll reports 10% of cruise passengers were affected by some sort of crime. In the period 2002-2007, FBI prosecuted only a quarter of all reported crimes, of which:

  • 55% were sexual assaults
  • 22% were physical assaults
  • 7% were homicides
  • 5% were about missing persons.

Fact is, that most of the cruise crime incidents remain unreported. The following statistics are related to cruise ship crime rates based on FBI-collected data:

  • (on average per year) 50 cases of crime at sea are opened/investigated by FBI.
  • In the period 2002-2007, 46% of all cruise crime cases involved members of the crew.
  • In the period 2012-2014, a total of 74 rapes on cruise ships and a total of 29 assault crime cases involving serious body injuries were officially reported.

Today, one of the world’s top dangerous travel destinations is Nassau Bahamas (on the New Providence island). The Bahamian capital city has one of the highest murder rates – over 30 per 100,000. For comparison, the US rate is ~4,5 per 100,000. The city’s young men jobless rate is also record high (19,5% as of 2015). There are numerous crime reports about cruise passengers on shore excursions being robbed, raped, killed. In 2015, the Nassau’s tourist murder rate reached a record high. The USA issued far more Bahamas travel warnings than about any other country. The Nassau’s image today is synonymous with violent crime, ineffective law enforcement, non functioning legal system.

  • In August 2015, the Canada’s and UK’s travel advisory offices issued Bahamas travel warnings about the rising number of sexual assaults and armed robberies and break-ins (targeting foreign tourists), often with fatal results. Both reports state the most violent crimes occur in Nassau and Freeport (Grand bahama island).

Of similar color is the “aura” around the tourism image of Honduras. On Isla Roatan (Bay Islands), numerous passengers and crew members have suffered “bad cruise” experiences due to armed robberies and assaults. There are also too many cases of murders even near the ports of Mahogany Bay and Coxen Hole, where the cruise vessels dock. In March 2015, the US State Department issued its Honduras Travel Warning. While crime and violence are serious issues throughout Honduras, its Government lacks enough resources to effectively protect tourists, to investigate and prosecute. The local police lacks enough vehicles and even fuel to properly respond and assist. Members of the police have been arrested, charged and convicted for criminal activities.

  • The travel warning suggests while ashore, passengers to avoid wearing any jewelry (valuables in general), displaying cash or credit cards, walking at night, walking alone on beaches, car traveling with the windows up and the doors locked.

Another major “cruise crime” destination is Mexico. In April 2015, the US State Department issued its Mexico Travel Warning. Due to threats to passenger safety posed by organized crime, there are risks of traveling to certain Mexican destinations. Among those are Baja California (Ensenada), Colima (Manzanillo), Sinaloa (Mazatlan), Guerrero (Acapulco, Ixtapa), Jalisco (Puerto Vallarta), Quintana Roo (Cozumel, Cancun, Playa del Carmen) and Yucatan (Merida, Chichen Itza).

  • Most of the reported incidents are related to rapes, robberies and kidnappings. The number of US citizens murdered in Mexico was 100 in 2014.

Another huge issue is the drug trafficking. There are unofficial statements that cruise ships are used on a “regular basis” for smuggling cocaine and marijuana, in amounts between 3 and 30 kilos. The most drug smuggling incidents are reported on Transatlantic repositioning cruise ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean between South America and Europe. Another “favorable” drug smuggle destination are the Western Caribbean cruise itineraries from Florida, which include stops in Honduras, Jamaica (Montego Bay or Ocho Rios) and Mexico (Cozumel) from where the drugs are smuggled into the US.

Cruise Ship Accident Reports & News

Below are listed almost all cruise ships, owned by major line companies. If the vessel’s name is linked, it means it has a record in our database. So simply follow the corresponding links. Due to the large number of ships per line, those of the largest cruise lines fleets are listed in separate tables. This also allows you to compare cruise line incidents by type and year of occurrence.

The lists below also includes officially announced names of ships under construction. For latest cruise ship accident news, you can use your browser’s search option and type the current year. This way, all recent incidents will be highlighted in yellow. Then you can follow the ship link to read the news report.

Celestyal Crystal
  • renamed from Louis Cristal in 2015 after the rebranding of Louis Cruises to Celestyal Cruises
  • ship collision – 2003 (with 3 cargo ships, 1 Russian icebreaker), 2007 (with a tugboat), 2008 (with a passenger ferry), 2015 (with an oil tanker)
  • injuries/crimes – 2015 (during the collision)
Celestyal Olympia
  • renamed from Louis Olympia in 2015 after the rebranding of Louis Cruises to Celestyal Cruises
Crystal Esprit
  • renamed from MegaStar Taurus in 2015
Crystal Endeavor
  • 2018 (under construction)
Crystal Serenity
  • sea pollution – 2009 (Dubrovnik Croatia)
  • bad weather – 2014 (water damages – a rogue wave broke dining room windows)
  • deaths – 2015 (crew suicide)
Crystal Symphony
  • propulsion/power loss – 2012
  • bad weather – 2010 (rogue wave caused water damages in public areas, Drake Passage, Antarctica)
  • Crystal Cruises bad publicity – 2003 (water pollution in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, California)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2005 (20 / 3), 2010 (37 / 14), 2013 (125 / 22)
Cunard Queen Elizabeth
  • Norovirus – World Cruise 2013 (80+), World Cruise 2014 (80+), World Cruise 2016 (150+)
  • deaths – overboard (2015-tender boat)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2012-crew, child molestation)
Cunard Queen Mary 2
  • fire – 2011, 2015
  • explosion – 2010*
  • propulsion/power loss – 2006 (twice), 2008, 2009, 2010 (explosion)
  • illness – 2006-ETEC (86 pax, 31 crew)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2004 (33 / 55), 2011 (185 / 29), 2012 (204 / 16)
  • deaths – overboard (2005, 2015-crew), 2006 (crew)
  • injuries/crimes – 2011 (illegal immigrants), sexual (2012-crew, child molestation), 2008 (crew)
  • baby boy was born at sea – 2016
Cunard Queen Victoria
  • pier collision/allision – 2008 (Valletta Malta)
  • ship grounding – 2008 (Southampton)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2013, 2014
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2007-UK (80+ pax), 2 outbreaks on World Cruise 2010 (total 347 / 27)
  • deaths – 2013 (crew)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2012-crew, child molestation)
Disney Dream
  • motor yacht rescue – 2013
  • injuries/crimes – sexual/kid molestation (2012-cover up, 2014)
Disney Fantasy
  • 2011 – onboard flooding (during ship construction)
  • 2012 – damages by Hurricane Sandy
  • propulsion/power loss – 2016
  • injuries/crimes – near drowning (2013-kid, 2015-Castaway Cay), 2014 (Key West)
  • medevacs – 2013, 2014, 2015
Disney Magic
  • fire – 2002, 2007
  • propulsion/power loss – 2008, 2011, 2014
  • Norovirus – 2 outbreaks in 2002 (total 462)
  • deaths – 2009 (jeep crash in Cozumel Mexico)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2015)
  • Disney Cruises bad publicity – 2012 (video showing crew doing drugs on board)
Disney Wonder
  • propulsion/power loss – 2009
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2016 (131 / 14)
  • deaths – overboard (2011-crew), drowned (2015-Castaway Cay Bahamas)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2006, 2007)
  • Cuban refugees boat rescue (2016)
Fred Olsen ms Balmoral
  • renamed in 2007 (originally named Crown Odyssey, 1988)
  • former names: Crown Odyssey, Norwegian Crown
  • redesigned/stretched by Blohm+Voss (Hamburg, Germany) in 2007
  • propulsion/power loss – 2008, 2011
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2009 (total 330+), 2 outbreaks in 2010 (total 650+), 2012 (50+ pax), 3 outbreaks in 2015 (total 650+), 2016 (252 / 8)
  • deaths – overboard (2010, 2011), 2013
  • injuries/crimes – 2009 (rough seas)
  • medevacs – 2013
  • special events – 2012 (RMS Titanic sinking – 100th Anniversary cruise Southampton to New York)
Fred Olsen ms Black Watch
  • renamed in 1996 (originally named Royal Viking Star, 1972)
  • former names: Royal Viking Star, Westward, Star Odyssey
  • redesigned/stretched by Seebeckwerft AG (Bremerhaven Germany) in 1981
  • fire – 2016
  • propulsion/power loss – 1997, 2002, 2014
  • Norovirus – 4 outbreaks in 2013 (total 433 pax)
  • Fred Olsen Cruises bad publicity – 2015 (class action lawsuit for Legionnaires’ Disease)
  • deaths – overboard (2014), illness (2007-Legionnaire’s Disease), drowning (2010)
  • injuries/crimes – drug busts (2009, 2010)
Fred Olsen ms Boudicca
  • renamed in 2005 (originally named Royal Viking Sky, 1972)
  • former names: Royal Viking Sky, Sunward, Birka Queen, Sunward, Golden Princess, SuperStar Capricorn, Hyundai Keumgang, SuperStar Capricorn, Grand Latino
  • redesigned/stretched by Seebeckwerft AG (Bremerhaven Germany) in 1982
  • fire – 2015
  • propulsion/power loss – 2008, 2015 (during the fire)
  • pier collision/allision – 2008 (Bridgetown Barbados)
  • Norovirus – 3 outbreaks in 2009 (526), 2010 (650), 2012 (170 pax), 2012 (96 pax), 2013 (84 pax)
  • Fred Olsen Cruises bad publicity – 2014 (class action lawsuit)
Fred Olsen ms Braemar
  • renamed in 2001 (originally named Crown Dynasty, 1993)
  • former names: Crown Dynasty, Crown Majesty, Norwegian Dynasty
  • redesigned/stretched by Lloyd Werft (Bremerhaven Germany) in 2009
  • deaths – 2016 (1 pax)
MS Albatros
  • former names: Royal Viking Sea, Royal Odyssey, Norwegian Star, MS Crown
  • redesigned/stretched by Seebeckwerft AG (Bremerhaven Germany) in 1981
MS Berlin
  • former names: Princess Masuhri, Orange Melody, Spirit of Adventure, FTI Berlin
MS Deutschland
  • Concorde aircraft crash – 2000 (killing 100 booked cruise passengers)
  • fire – 2010
  • ship groundings – 2012 (Beagle Channel, South America)
  • injuries/crimes – 2011
MS Hamburg
  • former names: C Columbus
  • ship groundings – 2015 (Isle of Mull, Scotland)
MV Ocean Gala
  • former names: Scandinavia, Stardancer, Viking Serenade, (Thomson) Island Escape
MS Marco Polo
  • former names: Aleksandr Pushkin
  • ship groundings – 2013 (Sortland Norway), 2014 (Leknes Norway)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2002
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) – 2009 (151), 2012 (29 / 8), 2013 (133)
  • deaths – 2014-storm (1 pax)
  • injuries/crimes – 2014-storm (12 pax)
MS Paul Gauguin
  • propulsion/power loss – 2016 (Bora Bora, French Polynesia)
MS Pearl Seaways (cruiseferry)
  • cruiseferry (DFDS Seaways)
  • former names: Athena, Star Aquarius, Langkapuri Star Aquarius, Aquarius, Pearl of Scandinavia
MS Saint Laurent
  • renamed in 2015 (originally named “Cape May Light”, 2001)
  • pier collision/allision – 2015 (Eisenhower Lock, St Lawrence Seaway, USA)
  • injuries/crimes – 2015 (19 pax, 3 crew – during the collision)
MS Ocean Dream
  • renamed in 2008 (originally named “MS Tropicale”, 1982)
MV Voyager
  • renamed in 2012 (originally named “Crown Monarch”, 1990)
OCEANIA Insignia
  • former names: R One, Insignia, Columbus 2
  • fire – 2014
  • deaths – 2014 (3 crew, during the fire)
  • injuries/crimes – 2014 (1 pax, during the fire)
OCEANIA Marina
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2011 (39 / 29), 2015 (69 / 11)
OCEANIA Nautica
  • former names: R Five
  • pirate attack – 2008
OCEANIA Regatta
  • former names: R Two, Insignia
  • propulsion/power loss – 2011, 2012
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2011-child abuse)
OCEANIA Riviera
  • delayed launch – 2012 (construction shipyard workers strike)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) – 2012 (37 / 13), 2015 (59 / 10), 2 outbreaks in 2016 (total 177 / 9)
OCEANIA Sirena
  • former names:  R Four, Tahitian Princess, Ocean Princess
Seabourn Encore
  • 2016 (under construction)
Seabourn Odyssey
  • propulsion/power loss – 2013
Seabourn Ovation
  • 2017 (under construction)
Seabourn Quest
  • deaths – overboard (2015)
Seabourn Sojourn
  • ship seizure – 2012 (in Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Seabourn Spirit
  • fire – 2006
REGENT Seven Seas Explorer
  • 2016 (under construction)
REGENT Seven Seas Mariner
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) – 2002 (5 / 16), 2005 (1 / 20), 2006 (26 / 13), 2007 (38 / 5), 2008 (33 / 12), 2009 (28 pax)
  • 2016 – fleet’s first female Captain
REGENT Seven Seas Navigator
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) – 2007 (22 pax)
REGENT Seven Seas Voyager
SILVERSEA Silver Cloud
SILVERSEA Silver Explorer
SILVERSEA Silver Galapagos
SILVERSEA Silver Muse
  • 2017 (under construction)
SILVERSEA Silver Shadow
SILVERSEA Silver Spirit
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) – 2016 (24 / 13)
SILVERSEA Silver Whisper
SILVERSEA Silver Wind
WINDSTAR Star Breeze
  • renamed from “Seabourn Spirit” in 2015 (transferred from Seabourn Cruises)
  • pirate attack – 2005 (Somalia)
  • pollution – 2015 (St Maarten USVI)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2015)
WINDSTAR Star Legend
  • renamed from “Seabourn Legend” in 2015 (transferred from Seabourn Cruises)
  • deaths – overboard (2006-crew)
WINDSTAR Star Pride
  • renamed from “Seabourn Pride” in 2015 (transferred from Seabourn Cruises)
  • homeport change – 2010 (Bangkok to Singapore, due to Bangkok street violence)
  • ship grounding – 2015 (Panama, hull was breached)
  • ship collision – 2014 (allusion with MS Berlin in Portoferraio, Italy)
  • ship seizure – 2005 (in Waterford, Ireland)
  • bad weather – 2006 (water damages during a storm in Norway)
  • structural – 2007 (marina door malfunction)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2002 (twice, ?)
WINDSTAR Wind Spirit
  • propulsion/power loss – 2003
WINDSTAR Wind Star
  • Windstar Cruises fleet’s first female Captain – 2016 (Belinda Bennett)
WINDSTAR Wind Surf
  • Norovirus – 2002, 2005
CDP L’Austral
  • (CDP=Compagnie du Ponant)
CDP Le Boreal
  • fire – 2015
CDP Le Lyrial
  • 2015 (new ship)
CDP Le Ponant
CDP Le Soleal
Saga Pearl II
  • former names: Astor, Arkona, Astoria, Quest for Adventure
Saga Sapphire
  • former names: Europa, SuperStar Europe, SuperStar Aries, Holiday Dream, Bleu de France
  • passenger deaths – overboard (2015)
Saga tba
  • 2019 (under construction)
Thomson Celebration
  • former names: Noordam
  • propulsion/power loss – 2005 (toilets plumbing problems), 2010, 2016 (twice)
  • Thomson Cruises bad publicity – 2015 (lawsuit)
  • deaths – 2006 (crew)
  • injuries/crimes – 2014 (brutal assault between passengers)
TUI Discovery
  • renamed from “Splendour of the Seas” in 2016 (transferred from Royal Caribbean International)
  • fire – 2015
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2005 (135 / 12)
  • deaths – overboard (2014)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2014), 2015 (crew drug bust), 2015 (21 with smoke inhalation during the fire)
Thomson Dream
  • renamed from “Costa Europa” in 2010
  • former names: Homeric, MS Westerdam, Costa Europa
  • fire – 2011
  • ship listing/tilting – 2012
  • pier collision/allision – 2010 (Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2010 (sewage problems), 2015
  • deaths – 2010 (3 crew, in the collision)
  • injuries/crimes – 2010 (4 pax, in the collision)
  • Thomson Cruises bad publicity – 2012 (class action lawsuit)
Thomson Majesty
  • former names: Royal Majesty, Norwegian Majesty, Louis Majesty
  • deaths – 2013 (5 crew in a lifeboat accident)
Thomson Spirit
  • former names: MS Nieuw Amsterdam, MS Patriot, MS Nieuw Amsterdam, MS Spirit
  • ship collision – 2007 (with MS Ocean Majesty in Geirangerfjord Norway)
  • Thomson Cruises bad publicity – 2015 (class action lawsuit)
  • Norovirus – 2009
Viking Star
  • propulsion/power loss – 2015
  • Viking Cruises bad publicity – 2015 (corruption charges for Bergen’s mayor and harbor master)
Viking Sea
  • propulsion/power loss – 2016

Carnival Cruise Lines incidents

Fact is that in only 1 year period (Oct 2007 through Oct 2008), the FBI received from Carnival Cruise Lines alone a total of 93 reports on sex related crimes on cruise ships. In a significant proportion of those incidents, victims were minors.

Carnival Breeze
  • 2012 – crew quarters fire
  • injuries/crimes – 2011, overboard/rescued (2015)
  • medevacs – 2015
Carnival Conquest
  • ship collision – 2011 (with fuel barge)
  • 2014 – lifeboat damaged
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2002 (224 / 39)
  • deaths – overboard (2001, 2007), 2012 (crew), 2013 (crew), 2015 (jet skiing in Grand Cayman)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2003, 2004, 2006, 2011), 2007 (robbery in Jamaica), 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 (Roatan robbery)
Carnival Dream
  • 2012 – rescue boat with 4 crew fell from 8 m
  • propulsion/power loss – 2011, 2013 (backup generator malfunction in St Maarten /passenger evacuation)
  • deaths – 2010, 2011 (newborn)
  • injuries/crimes – 2010 (infirmary robbery), 2011, 2012 (crew), 2012 (bomb threat)
  • medevacs – 2011, 2012
  • Cuban refugees boat rescue (2014)
Carnival Ecstasy
  • fire – 1998 (laundry room), 2009*
  • pier collision/allision – 2010 (Galveston Texas, USA)
  • ship listing/tilting – 2012
  • propulsion/power loss – 2013
  • deaths – 2010, 2015 (crew)
  • injuries/crimes (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
  • Cuban refugees boat rescue (2013)
Carnival Elation
  • propulsion/power loss – 2000, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2013, 2016
  • deaths – overboard (2000, 2003, 2005), 2009 (murder), 2010, 2014
  • injuries/crimes – 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013
Carnival Fantasy
  • ship collision – 2011 (with Carnival Imagination in Key West)
  • ship listing/tilting – 2008 (Mississippi River)
  • 2011 – speed control computer malfunction
  • propulsion/power loss – 2016
  • deaths – overboard (2009), 2010, 2011
  • injuries/crimes (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • medevacs – 2012
Carnival Fascination
  • propulsion/power loss – 2010, 2011
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2002 (13 / 12)
  • deaths – overboard (2004, 2012), 2010, 2011, 2013
  • injuries/crimes – 2007, 2010 (bomb threat), 2012, 2013, 2015
  • medevacs – 2007, 2011, 2015
Carnival Freedom
  • fire – 2007, 2010
  • propulsion/power loss – 2011 (twice)
  • deaths – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • injuries/crimes – 2009 (rape of a minor), 2011, 2012, 2013
  • medevacs – 2011
  • Carnival Cruise Lines bad publicity – 2015 (2 passengers forcibly offloaded/left in Cozumel Mexico after sustaining a fall injury)
Carnival Glory
  • pier collision/allision – 2011 (Miami Florida USA)
  • lifeboats (2012)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2010 (113 / 13), 2012 (205 / 3)
  • deaths – overboard (2008-crew, 2015), 2008 (cave tubing in Belize), 2011, 2012, 2005 (crew), 2016 (snuba diving in St Kitts)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2007), 2009 (robbery in Nassau), 2010 (Canada)
  • medevacs – 2012
Carnival Horizon
  • 2017 (under construction)
Carnival Imagination
  • fire – 2010
  • propulsion/power loss – 2005, 2006
  • ship collision – 2011 (with Carnival Fantasy in Key West Florida)
  • ship listing/tilting – 2015 (Baja California)
  • deaths – overboard (2006, 2007-crew), 2010 (parasailing in Cozumel Mexico), 2011 (jet ski crash in Nassau Bahamas)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2005), 2010, 2012, 2014
  • medevacs – 2010, 2015
Carnival Inspiration
  • fire – 2007
  • propulsion/power loss – 2002, 2008
  • deaths – overboard (2006, 2011), 2010, 2012
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2009), 2010, 2011, 2012
Carnival Legend
  • christening – 2002 (failed bottle smashing)
  • fire – 2005
  • ship listing/tilting – 2005
  • ship collision – 2009 (with Enchantment of the Seas in Cozumel Mexico)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010 (trice), 2012, 2013
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2003 (total 125 / 45)
  • deaths – overboard (2006, 2010), 2006 (snorkeling in Belize), 2010 (scooter crash in Cozumel Mexico)
  • injuries/crimes – 2003, 2008 (van crash), 2012
  • medevacs – 2011
Carnival Liberty
  • fire – 2015 (St Thomas)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2016
  • ship listing/tilting – 2012
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2006 (536 / 143), 2009 (208 / 57)
  • deaths – 2010, 2011, 2016 (overboard)
  • injuries/crimes – 2007 (foiled robbery), overboard/rescued (2007, 2010), 2008, sexual (2010, 2011, 2015), 2012, 2013, drug bust (2014)
  • medevacs – 2011, 2013
  • Cuban refugees boat rescue (2014)
Carnival Magic
  • propulsion/power loss – 2011
  • deaths – overboard (2013)
  • injuries/crimes – 2011, overboard/rescued (2012 twice), 2013
  • medevacs – 2016
Carnival Miracle
  • pier collision/allision – 2010 (Port Zante, Basseterre St Kitts)
  • tender boats malfunction – 2010, 2011
  • propulsion/power loss – 2008, 2014
  • Norovirus – 2013 (~2% of all), 2014 (50 pax)
  • deaths – 2010, 2011 (crew overboard), 2013, 2016
  • injuries/crimes – 2010, 2011, 2013, overboard/rescued (2014)
  • medevacs – 2015
Carnival Paradise
  • propulsion/power loss – 2000 (twice), 2012 (twice), 2013
  • deaths – 2005, overboard (2009)
  • injuries/crimes – 2007 (bomb threat), 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 (buggy crash in Cozumel)
  • Cuban refugees boat rescue (2014)
Carnival Pride
  • fire – 2009, 2011, 2015
  • ship grounding – 2015 (on a sandbar in Bermuda)
  • pier collision/allision – 2016 (Baltimore MD, USA)
  • mooring failure – 2011 (Port Canaveral Florida)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2007 (twice), 2014, 2016
  • deaths – overboard (2004, 2007), snorkeling/drowning (2010, 2012)
  • injuries/crimes – 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • medevacs – 2011, 2012, 2015
Carnival Sensation
  • lifeboat drill (2004)
  • propulsion/power loss – 1996, 2006
  • fire – 2012
  • deaths – overboard (2001), 2011 (jet ski crash in Nassau Bahamas), 2015 (passenger ran over by a truck in Nassau Bahamas)
  • injuries/crimes – bomb threats (2007, 2009), overboard/rescued (2009, 2010), 2011, 2012-rape, 2013
Carnival Spirit
  • propulsion/power loss – 2002, 2005, 2010, 2015
  • pollution in Alaska – 2010
  • fire – 2012 (sauna room)
  • explosion – 2007*
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2003 (102 / 10), 2007 (116 / 8)
  • deaths – 2012, overboard (2013, 2014-crew)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2012), 2015 (class action lawsuit over Australia itinerary change)
Carnival Splendor
  • fire – 2010 (twice)
  • pier collision/allision – 2009 (Puerto Vallarta Mexico)
  • ship collision – 2009 (with Radiance Of The Seas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
  • ship listing/tilting – 2010
  • propulsion/power loss – 2010 (engine fire), 2013
  • deaths – overboard (2010), 2013, 2014
  • injuries/crimes – 2012, 2014, 2015 (murder?)
Carnival Sunshine
  • renamed from “Carnival Destiny” in 2013
  • propulsion/power loss – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Autopilot system (2012)
  • 2013 – Venice incident (passing close to shore)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2016 (118 / 5)
  • deaths – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • injuries/crimes – 2011, overboard/rescued (2012)
  • medevacs – 2011, 2012 (2)
Carnival Triumph
  • fire – 2013 (twice)*
  • propulsion/power loss – 2010, 2014, 2013 (engine room fire)
  • ship seizure – 2012 (in Galveston TX, USA)
  • mooring failure – 2013 (Mobile Alabama)
  • deaths – 2015, 2016 (drowning in Cozumel)
  • injuries/crimes – 2001 (bomb threat)*, 2010, 2011
  • medevacs – 2015
Carnival Valor
  • 2013 – sinking yacht rescue
  • 2014 – cabin fire
  • deaths – 2006 (snorkeling in Grand Cayman), 2012
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2005, 2007), 2007 (road crash in St Thomas, kid near drowning, drugs), 2011, 2012, sexual (2015-minor)
  • medevacs – 2012, 2016
Carnival Victory
  • fire – 2016
  • propulsion/power loss – 2003 (tilt), 2006, 2008, 2013
  • pier collision/allision – 2000, 2007 (both in NYC New York, USA)
  • Norovirus – 2006 (200+ pax)
  • deaths – overboard (2008), 2010 (shooting in St Thomas), 2013 (kid drowned), 2015 (snorkeling in Grand Turk)
  • injuries/crimes – 2004 (bomb threat), overboard/rescued (2007-crew), drug busts (2011, 2012), sexual (2007, 2008, 2013)
  • medevacs – 2015
Carnival Vista
  • 2016

Royal Caribbean incidents

Adventure Of The Seas
  • engine room fire (2012)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2014 (twice)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2006 (129 / 1), 2014-UK (93 / 4)
  • deaths – 2010, overboard (2014)
Allure Of The Seas
  • propulsion/power loss – 2013 (several incidents)
  • fire – 2012 (twice)
  • deaths – 2011 (murdered crew in Cozumel), overboard (2012)
  • injuries/crimes (2011-drug dealing, 2012-drug smuggling, 2012-teen rape)
Anthem Of The Seas
  • storm-related incidents – Caribbean (2016)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2016 (125 / 16)
  • deaths – 2015 (3 pax), 2016 (drowning)
  • medevacs – 2015
Brilliance Of The Seas
  • power loss (2007, 2012)
  • storm-related incidents – Mediterranean (2007-Rome, 2010-Alexandria)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2004 (78 / 16)
  • deaths – Mediterranean (2005, 2010)
  • injuries/crimes – 2010 (Mediterranean)
  • Cuban refugees boat rescue (2016)
Empress Of The Seas
  • former names: Future Seas (construction order), Nordic Empress, Pullmantur Empress
  • renamed in 2004, 2008, 2016
  • fire – 2001
  • propulsion/power loss – 2005, 2016
  • injuries/crimes – 2004 (7 crew, lifeboat fall), 2012, drug busts (2014)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2005 (72 / 5), 2 outbreaks in 2007 (200+)
  • Illness – 2006 (1 crew with typhoid fever)
  • 5 cancelled inaugural Caribbean cruises from Miami (2016 April)
Enchantment Of The Seas
  • redesigned/stretched by Keppel Verolme (Rotterdam Holland) in 2005
  • fire – 2007*
  • propulsion/power loss – 1998, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • ship collision – 2009 (with Carnival Legend in Cozumel Mexico)
  • illness – 2009 (swine flu – 6)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2005 (103 / 8)
  • deaths – overboard (2000, 2006-two), 2013
  • injuries/crimes – 2011 (crew drug bust, Bermuda drug fines), 2012 (rape of a minor)
Explorer Of The Seas
  • ship listing/tilting – 2005, 2010
  • propulsion/power loss – 2009
  • ship collision – 2012 (with Norwegian Star in Bermuda)
  • yacht rescue (2008)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2006 (total 360 / 34), 2014 (634 / 55), 2015 (182)
  • deaths – overboard (2010), 2011
  • injuries/crimes – 2011, 2012
Freedom Of The Seas
  • fire – 2015
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2006 (338 / 46)
  • deaths – 2009, 2012 (bus crash in St Maarten), 2013
  • injuries/crimes – 2012, 2013, 2016 (2 drug busts)
Grandeur Of The Seas
  • fire – 2013
  • propulsion/power loss – 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009
  • pier collision/allision – 2005 (Costa Maya Mexico)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2006 (130 / 11), 2 outbreaks in 2014 (total 208 / 14), 2015 (198 / 9)
  • deaths – 2010, overboard (2011, 2014)
  • injuries/crimes – 2011 (drug bust)
  • medevacs – 2013, 2014, 2015
Harmony Of The Seas
  • 2017 (under construction)
Independence Of The Seas
  • pier explosion – 2011 (Gibraltar)
  • ship seizure – 2014 (Norway)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2012 (193 / 3)
  • deaths- 2011, overboard (2014, 2014-crew), 2014 (dockworkers), 2016 (bus crash in Falmouth Jamaica)
  • injuries/crimes – near drowning (2008, 2014), 2009, 2015
  • baby boy was born at sea – 2015
Jewel Of The Seas
  • 2004 – fin whale at the bow
  • ship fires (2006, 2007, 2015)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2008, 2010
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2010 (total 102 / 14)
  • deaths – overboard (2005)
  • injuries/crimes – 2012-crew, 2016 (drug bust in Puerto Rico /7 pax)
Legend Of The Seas
  • propulsion/power loss – 2009, 2015
  • 2010 – rescue operation in Taiwan
  • 2012 – Royal Promenade fire
  • illness – 2005 (Legionnaires’ Disease)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2015 (135 / 7)
  • injuries/crimes – 2003 (bomb threat), sexual (2003, 2006)
Liberty Of The Seas
  • 2013 (fun) – whole-ship charter for US$3 million
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2007 (200 / 12)
  • deaths – 2009 (Legionnaires’ Disease, drowning), 2010, overboard (2011, 2015), 2012 (buggy crash in Cozumel Mexico), 2015 (8 yo kid drowned in the pool)
  • injuries/crimes – 2010 (bomb threat)*, 2012
Majesty Of The Seas
  • fire – 2004
  • propulsion/power loss – 2015
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2014 (64 / 2)
  • deaths – overboard (2005-crew)
  • injuries/crimes – 1999 (bus crash in Jamaica), overboard /rescued (2009-crew), 2011 (rape in Nassau), 2014
Mariner Of The Seas
  • 2007 – small fire in the incinerator area
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2005 (135 / 5), 2006 (248 / 6)
  • deaths – overboard (2006)
  • injuries/crimes – disruptive behavior (2005, 2006), drugs (2006, 2007), 2009, 2010 (bomb threat), sexual assaults (2013 of a minor; crew on), 2016 (overboard /rescued)
Navigator Of The Seas
  • propulsion/power loss – 2008 (trice)
  • 2009 – armed robbery in Nassau
  • illness – 2009 (swine flu – 5 pax, 3 crew)
  • deaths – 2010, overboard (2016)
  • injuries/crimes – 2006 (crew drug bust), sexual (2011, 2012, 2014)
Oasis Of The Seas
  • fire – 2008 (during ship construction)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2010, 2012, 2014
  • 2010 – Aqua Theatre (the hydraulic floor collapsed)
  • Norovirus – 2013 (?)
  • deaths – overboard (2010-crew, 2015), 2011 (crew)
  • injuries/crimes – 2011 (crew), 2014, kid near drowning (2015), overboard (2015)
  • medevacs – 2015
Ovation Of The Seas
  • 2016 (under construction)
Quantum Of The Seas
  • fire – 2014 (during ship construction)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2014), 2015 (passenger protest in Shanghai China)
  • medevacs – 2014
Radiance Of The Seas
  • ship collision – 2009 (with Carnival Splendor in Puerto Vallarta Mexico)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2002, 2006, 2011
  • fire – 2006
  • illness – 2006 (227 pax, 12 crew)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2011 (150 / 3)
  • deaths – overboard (2010)
  • injuries/crimes – 2005
Rhapsody Of The Seas
  • storm-related incidents – Mediterranean (2016)
  • pollution in Alaska – 2008
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2012-Australia (53), 2012-Alaska (153 / 6)
  • deaths – 2012 (Mendenhall Lake kayaking in Alaska), overboard (2013)
  • injuries/crimes – 2013 (pax expelled)
Serenade Of The Seas
  • ship listing/tilting – 2004
  • propulsion/power loss – 2006, 2015
  • illness – 2009 (crew with swine flu virus)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2006 (total 169 / 12)
  • deaths – overboard (2012-crew, twice)
  • injuries/crimes – 2008 (crew), 2010 (drug bust in Puerto Rico /4 pax), 2012 (bus crash in St Thomas)
Splendour Of The Seas
  • renamed to “TUI Discovery” in 2016 (transferred to Thomson Cruises)
  • fire – 2015
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2005 (135 / 12)
  • deaths – overboard (2014)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2014), 2015 (crew drug bust), 2015 (21 with smoke inhalation during the fire)
Vision Of The Seas
  • propulsion/power loss – 2003 (Alaska), 2006 (Mexico)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2010-Brazil (448), 2013 (118 / 3)
  • deaths – 2012 (snorkeling in Dominica)
  • injuries/crimes – 2003, 2006, 2012 (pax expelled), 2014, 2015
Voyager Of The Seas
  • propulsion/power loss – 2008
  • illness – 2009 (swine flu virus outbreak, 20 pax, 130 crew), 2014 (Whooping cough)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2012-Caribbean (248 / 11), 2012-Australia (800 pax), 2012-Australia (135 pax)
  • deaths – overboard (2004, 2006)
  • injuries/crimes – 2009, 2011 (pax expelled), 2014

NCL Norwegian Cruise Line incidents

NCL ships are owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. The NCL cruise company is stock-listed, with major shareholders Genting Group (Asia) and the American investment firms Apollo Global Management LLC and TPG Capital.

All NCL cruise ships operating in the Caribbean changed their 2010, 2011 and 2012 itineraries, skipping St Lucia. The line’s decision followed the 3 attacks on cruise passengers ((armed robberies) in 2009, that occurred ashore during excursions on the island.

Norwegian Breakaway
  • propulsion/power loss – 2014
  • deaths – 2014 (kid drowned), 2014 (bike crash in Bermuda), 2015 (snorkeling in Bermuda), 2016 (1 crew, lifeboat fall)
  • injuries/crimes – drug busts (2014-Bermuda, 2015-Bermuda), near drowning (2015-Bermuda)
  • medevacs – 2013 (2), 2014, 2015 (2), 2016 (3)
Norwegian Dawn
  • ship grounding – 2015 (on a reef in Bermuda)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2007 (149 / 15)
  • deaths – overboard (2008), 2011, 2012
  • injuries/crimes – Bermuda drug busts (2009, 2011, 2015, 2016-Caribbean), 2009 (robbery in St Lucia), sexual (2010)
  • medevacs – 2015
Norwegian Epic
  • fire – 2010 (during ship construction)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2010
  • deaths – 2010
Norwegian Escape
  • 2015
Norwegian Gem
  • propulsion/power loss – 2010
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2013 (111 / 3), 2016 (128 / 7)
  • deaths – 2015 (kid drowned)
  • injuries/crimes – 2009 (bus crash in Florida)
  • medevacs – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Norwegian Getaway
  • fire – 2013 (during ship construction)
  • deaths – 2015 (drowned in Tortola, BVI), 2016 (suicide)
  • medevacs – 2015 (2)
  • served as floating hotel for the 2016 Summer Olympics
Norwegian Jade
  • renamed from “Pride of Hawaii” in 2008
  • ship listing/tilting – 2008
  • deaths – 2010 (murder), 2013 (crew)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2010)
Norwegian Jewel
  • propulsion/power loss – 2005
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2008 (total 230 / 20)
  • injuries/crimes – 2009 (crew, for child pornography)
Norwegian Joy
  • 2017 (under construction)
  • formerly named Norwegian Bliss
Norwegian Pearl
  • fire – 2015
  • propulsion/power loss – 2008, 2011
  • pollution in Alaska – 2008 (thrice), 2009 (twice), 2010 (twice)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2007 (total 427 / 31), 2015 (145 / 13)
  • deaths – 2007 (drowned in Barbados), overboard (2008, 2015), 2014 (crew killed in Roatan)
  • injuries/crimes – 2008 (robbery in St Lucia)
Norwegian Sky
  • renamed from “Pride of Aloha” in 2008
  • ship grounding – 1999
  • ship listing/tilting – 2001
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2003 (total 145 / 25)
  • deaths – overboard (2009), 2009 (on Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas private island)
  • injuries/crimes – 2010 (bike crash on Grand Bahama)
Norwegian Spirit
  • fire – 2007
  • pier collision/allision – 2005 (Juneau Alaska, USA), 2008 (NYC New York, USA)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2008 (67 / 4), 2009 (73 / 9), 2011 (94 / 13)
  • deaths – 2008 (zip-line in Roatan), 2009 (robbery in Guatemala)
  • injuries/crimes – Bermuda drug busts (2006, 2009), overboard/rescued (2011)
Norwegian Star
  • fire – 2007
  • pier collision/allision – 2012 (NYC New York, USA)
  • mooring failure/collision – 2012 (Bermuda)
  • ship collision – 2012 (with Explorer of the Seas in Dockyard Bermuda)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2015 (2)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2006 (115 / 12), 2007 (177 / 7), 2008 (228 / 32), 2014 (130 / 12)
  • deaths – overboard (2006)
  • injuries/crimes – 2001, sexual (2012)
  • medevacs – 2003 (crew)
Norwegian Sun
  • propulsion/power loss – 2011
  • pollution in Alaska – 2003
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2002 (total 169 / 27), 2006 (71 / 6)
  • deaths – overboard (2011, 2015, 2016-crew), drowned (2011-Great Stirup Cay Bahamas)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2006-crew, 2011), 2011 (bomb threat), 2015 (drug bust)
  • medevacs – 2011, 2015
Pride Of America
  • sinking – 2004 (during ship construction)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2005, 2006 (struck a buoy)
  • mooring failure – 2007 (twice – in Kahului and Honolulu – Hawaii)
  • pollution in Hawaii – 2007 (twice)
  • illness – 2007-tuberculosis (22 crew)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2009 (68 / 14)
  • deaths – 2015
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2005), overboard/rescued (2010-crew), 2012 (NCL America pays back wages), 2015 (lifeboat fell)

AIDA, P&O, Princess cruise lines incidents

Before their separation in 2003, these lines belonged to the stock-listed “P&O Princess Cruises” company. Today, the fleet is dispersed into five different brands – AIDA Cruises (AIDA Kreuzfahrten), P&O Cruises Australia (with the “Pacific” named ships), P&O Cruises UK, and Princess Cruises.

AIDAaura
AIDAbella
AIDAblu
AIDAcara
AIDAdiva
AIDAluna
AIDAmar
AIDAperla 2017 (under construction)
AIDAprima
  • fire – 2016 (during ship construction in Japan), delayed delivery/launch
AIDAsol
AIDAstella
AIDAvita
  • injuries/crimes – 2015 (bogus cruise ship doctor worked on board for 5 years)
Caribbean Princess
  • propulsion/power loss – 2005, 2008, 2012 (several), 2016
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2007 (117), 2008 (172 / 13), 2010 (40 / 3), 2014 (181 / 11), 2015 (163 / 13)
  • deaths – 2006 (crew), 2010 (ATV crash in Aruba, bus crash in Tortola BVI), 2016 (snorkeling in Belize)
  • injuries/crimes – 2010 (sexual), 2013 (taxi), overboard/rescued (2014)
Coral Princess
  • delayed delivery (2002)
  • pollution in Alaska – 2009
  • fire – 2013
  • propulsion/power loss – 2009, 2011
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2004 (136 / 20), 2005 (84 / 31), 2 outbreaks in 2009 (total 373 / 26), 2011 (64 / 3), 2015 (99 / 12)
  • deaths – overboard (2003-crew, 2009-crew, 2013, 2016)
  • injuries/crimes – 2009 (crew, pax expelled)
  • Cuban refugees boat rescue (2016)
Crown Princess
  • ship listing/tilting – 2006 (severe)
  • fire – 2013, 2015
  • rescues – 2007 (sailor), 2013 (Syrian refugees)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2000, 2001, 2013 (toilet outage), 2015
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2012 (total 652 / 107), 2 outbreaks in 2014 (total 280 / 44), 2016 (180 / 24)
  • injuries/crimes – 2011, 2012
Dawn Princess
  • NEWS – in 2017 to be transferred to P&O Australia under the new name “Pacific Explorer”
  • fire – 2013
  • propulsion/power loss – 2001, 2010, 2011 (twice)
  • illness – 2009 (swine flu)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2005 (76 / 9), 2008 (68 / 4), 2010-Australia (240+), 2012 (114 / 11), 2014 (158 / 14), 2015-Australia (?)
  • injuries/crimes – 2008 (6 pax expelled), 2013
Diamond Princess
  • pier collision/allision – 2004 (Victoria BC, Canada)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2004
  • pollution in Alaska – 2008 (twice), 2009 (4 times)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2005, 2 outbreaks in 2006 (total 197 / 7), 2 outbreaks in 2008-China (total 492 / 14), 2009 (100+), 2014 (60+), 2016-Australia (158 pax)
  • injuries/crimes – 2006, 2013, 2015
Emerald Princess
  • fire – 2014
  • collision – 2011 (St Petersburg Russia)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2010
  • illness – 2009 (swine flu)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2007 (156 / 22), 2011 (400+), 2012 (189 / 31)
  • deaths – 2010 (Bonaire)
Golden Princess
  • fire – 2009 (engine room)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2015 (Australia)
  • pollution in Alaska – 2009 (6 times), 2011, 2013
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2004 (84 / 15), 2009 (100 / 7), 2016 (Australia)
  • injuries/crimes – 2008 (kid near drowning)
  • medevacs – 2013
Grand Princess
  • fire – 2008 (Jamaica), 2015 (Hawaii)
  • ship listing/tilting – 2006
  • propulsion/power loss – 2005 (twice), 2006 (twice), 2008 (twice), 2012, 2014
  • deaths – overboard (1999, 2013, 2014-crew)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2006-crew, 2007), 2011 (drug bust), 2013
  • medevacs – 2015
Island Princess
  • pollution in Alaska – 2008 (twice), 2009 (9 times)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2004 (total 441 / 68), 2 outbreaks in 2006 (total 181 / 27), 2007 (179 / 37), 2009 (100 / 5)
  • deaths – 2006 (harbor worker in Hawaii), 2016 (crew/suicide)
  • injuries/crimes – 2006 (toddler), 2011 (sexual)
Majestic Princess
  • 2017 (under construction)
Ocean Princess
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2002 (88 / 39), 2016 (43 / 5)
Pacific Princess
  • pollution in Alaska – 2009 (twice)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2004 (57 / 10), 2006-Asia (40 pax), 2007 (20 / 5), 2008 (50 / 6)
  • injuries/crimes – 2016 (crew)
Regal Princess
  • injuries/crimes – 2015 (mishandled medical emergency at sea)
  • medevacs – 2015
  • 2016 (6-part ITV documentary series “The Cruise”)
Royal Princess
  • propulsion/power loss – 2013 (twice), 2015 (tender boat)
  • events – 2014 (4-part ITV1 documentary series “The Cruise Ship”)
Ruby Princess
  • christening – 2008 (worker died)
  • illness – swine flu (2009)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 3 outbreaks in 2012 (total 392 / 34), 2013 (266 / 10)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2010-crew)
Sapphire Princess
  • ship listing/tilting – 2010 (severe)
  • killed whales in Alaska – 2009, 2010
  • pollution in Alaska – 2010 (5 times)
  • 2014 season – cruise in Alaska was replaced with Asian voyages
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2010 (96 / 18)
  • deaths – overboard (2009), drowned (2014)
  • injuries/crimes – 2010 (4 families expelled), 2015 (China- kid near drowning), 2015 (13 Chinese passengers gradually disappeared during shore excursion in Busan, South Korea)
Sea Princess
  • christening – 2005 (godmother changed)
  • pollution in Alaska – 2009 (4 times)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2007, 2008 (twice), 2009, 2014
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2006 (232 / 18), 2007 (82 / 5), 2009 (22 pax), 2 outbreaks in 2011 (total 272 / 21)
  • deaths – overboard (2010), 2010 (drowned in Tortola BVI)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2014)
  • medevacs – 2012
Star Princess
  • fire – 2006 (twice)*
  • fishing boat – 2012
  • pollution is Alaska – 2008
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2003 (107+ / 14+), 2007 (?), 2012 (74 total), 2015 (135 / 16), 2015 (78 pax)
  • deaths – 2006 (during the fire)
  • injuries/crimes – 2006 (during the fire), sexual (2013)
Sun Princess
  • pollution in Alaska – 2008
  • propulsion/power loss – 2003, 2005, 2011 (twice), 2013 (twice), 2016
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2003 (267 / 29), 2 outbreaks in 2004 (total 246 / 19), 2 outbreaks in 2005 (total 115 / 9), 2006 (112 / 7), 2008 (?), 2012 (201 / 15)
  • deaths – 2007 (plane crash in Ketchikan Alaska), overboard (2013, 2014)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2003, 2011-Captain), 2009
mv Adonia
  • renamed from “MS Royal Princess” in 2011 (transferred from Princess Cruises)
  • former names: R Eight, Minerva II, Royal Princess
  • fire – 2009
  • 2016 – transferred to the “fathom” cruise line (new Carnival brand for cruises to Cuba)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2016 (fathom)
  • Carnival Corporation bad publicity – 2016 (lawsuit against Carnival Corp and Fathom Travel cruise line for discrimination against Cuba-born Americans)
mv Arcadia
ms Aurora
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2012 (145 / 8)
P&O Azura
  • propulsion/power loss – 2015
  • Norovirus – 2015 (150+)
mv Britannia
  • 2015
ms Oceana
  • former names: Ocean Princess
ms Oriana
P&O Ventura
  • propulsion/power loss – 2013, 2014
  • structural damage – 2012 (deck crack)
  • Norovirus – 2008 (20 pax)
  • deaths – overboard (2015)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2011)
  • passenger rebellion – Caribbean Christmas cruise 2008 (pax expelled)
Pacific Aria
  • renamed from “MS Ryndam” in 2015 (transferred from Holland America Line)
Pacific Dawn
  • former names: Regal Princess (1991-2007)
  • ship groundings – 2006 (Amazon River, Brazil), 2007 (Huatulco, Mexico)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2010
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) – 2003 (301 / 45), 2004 (47 / 7), 2006 (75 / 5), 2007 (69 / 8), 2009 (4 / swine flu)
  • injuries/crimes – 2009 (overboard/rescued), 2016 (bus crash in Port Vila Vanuatu)
Pacific Eden
  • renamed from “MS Statendam” in 2015 (transferred from Holland America Line)
  • fires – 2002 (generator room), 2012 (fuel pump)
  • pollution in Alaska – 2010 (thrice)
  • Norovirus – 2015 (60 pax)
  • deaths – overboard (2005, 2015)
  • injuries/crimes – 2011 (crew)
Pacific Explorer
  • renamed from Dawn Princess in 2017 (transferred from Princess Cruises)
Pacific Jewel
  • former names: Crown Princess, Arosa Blu, AIDAblu, Ocean Village Two
  • propulsion/power loss – 2010
  • sea pollution – 2016 (Sydney Australia)
Pacific Pearl
  • former names: Sitmar FairMajesty, Star Princess, Arcadia, Ocean Village One
  • deaths – 2006 (drowning), overboard (2008, 2009-crew)
  • injuries/crimes – 2008

Azamara, TUI, Pullmantur, Celebrity cruise lines incidents

All these lines are subsidiaries, fully or partially owned by the Royal Caribbean cruise company RCCL. Some of the lines are regional, and their official names are Azamara Club Cruises, CDF Croisieres de France, Pullmantur Cruises (Pullmantur Cruceros), TUI Cruises (TUI Kreuzfahrten) and Celebrity Cruises.

Azamara Journey
  • renamed from “Blue Dream” in 2008 (originally named “R Six”, 2001)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2014
  • pirate attack – 2012
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2004 (30 / 2)
  • Azamara Cruises bad publicity – 2013 (elderly couple abandoned in Turkey after onboard injury)
Azamara Quest
  • renamed from “Blue Moon” in 2007 (originally named “R Seven”, 2001)
  • fire – 2008, 2012
  • ship allusion (struck rocks in Marlborough Sounds New Zealand)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2012 (during the fire)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2008 (21 / 2), 2009-China (?)
  • injuries/crimes – 2012 (5 crew /during the engine room fire)
TUI Mein Schiff 1
TUI Mein Schiff 2
TUI Mein Schiff 3
TUI Mein Schiff 4 2015
TUI Mein Schiff 5
  • 2016 (under construction)
TUI Mein Schiff 6
  • 2017 (under construction)
Pullmantur Horizon (CDF)
  • former names: Pacific Dream, Island Star
  • ship groundings – 2016 (Stavanger Norway)
Pullmantur Monarch
  • former names: Monarch of the Seas
Pullmantur Sovereign
  • former names: Sovereign of the Seas
Pullmantur Zenith (CDF)
  • environmental – 2015 (coral reef damage, Grand Cayman)
Celebrity Constellation
  • propulsion/power loss – 2002, 2013, 2014
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2002 (134), 2006 (65 / 1), 2008 (62 / 1), 2010 (164 / 29), 2 outbreaks in 2012 (total 460+), 2013 (300+)
  • deaths – overboard (2008-crew, 2011-crew, 2014-crew, 2015), 2008 (diving in St Maarten)
  • injuries/crimes – crew arrests (2011, 2016)
Celebrity Eclipse
  • Illness – 2010 (chickenpox)
  • Norovirus – 2011-UK (?)
  • deaths – overboard (2011-crew), 2011 (parasailing in St Thomas)
  • injuries/crimes – 2011 (drug bust), 2013 (armed robbery in St Lucia; crew theft)
Celebrity Equinox
  • illness – 2009 (measles)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2015 (142 / 8)
  • deaths – overboard (2011), 2012 (diving in Cozumel Mexico)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2011, 2012)
Celebrity Infinity
  • fire – 2005, 2010
  • pier collision/allision – 2016 (Ketchikan Alaska)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 (twice), 2010, 2012
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2005 (total 800+), 2006 (105 / 20), 2013 (101 / 17), 2015 (106 / 6), 2015-South America (600+)
Celebrity Millennium
  • ship grounding – 2007 (damaged propeller)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2000 (4 cancelled Baltic cruises), 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007 (twice), 2009, 2013 (5 cancelled Alaskan cruises)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2007 (176 / 22), 2010 (157 / 23), 2011 (104 / 9), 2013 (123 / 16)
  • deaths – 2005 (crew), 2006 (bus crash in Arica Chile), 2008 (snorkeling in Virgin Gorda, BVI), overboard (2011)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2002-crew, 2012, 2015-crew)
Celebrity Reflection
  • propulsion/power loss – 2012, 2014
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2014), 2013 (robbery in Naples Italy)
Celebrity Silhouette
  • propulsion/power loss – 2014
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2012 (178 / 11)
  • deaths – 2013 (baseball celebrity Earl Sidney Weaver)
Celebrity Solstice
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2011 (total 246 / 21), 2013 (178 / 2)
  • deaths – overboard (2009-crew)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2010)
  • medevacs – 2013
Celebrity Summit
  • fire – 2010*
  • propulsion/power loss – 2002 (twice), 2003 (twice), 2004, 2005 (twice), 2006 (twice), 2008, 2009
  • Celebrity Cruises fleet’s first female Captain – 2015 (Kate McCue)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2006 (72 / 12), 2013 (322 / 13)
  • deaths – overboard (2011-crew), 2015 (bus crash in Tortola BVI)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2003), 2006 (bus crash in Juneau Alaska), overboard/rescued (2010), drug bust (2012)
  • medevacs – 2012

MSC, Costa cruise lines incidents

MSC Cruises (MSC Crociere) and Costa Cruises (Costa Crociere) are among the world’s largest companies, and are both Italian. While MSC is family-owned, Costa belongs to Carnival Corporation.

Costa Atlantica
  • propulsion/power loss – 2008, 2010
  • 2008 – near-collision with Grand Neptune (car carrier ship) in Dover Strait, England UK
  • deaths – overboard (2007, 2009-officer, 2011-crew)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2005, 2010)
  • curious – 2016 (full-charter by a private Chinese company)
Costa Concordia
  • pier collision/allision – 2008 (Palermo Sicily, Italy)
  • sunk/capsized in 2012 near Giglio Island (Western Italy)
  • uprighted, refloated, towed to Genoa, sold for scrap
  • dead toll – 32 (+ 1 diver)
  • injured – 157 (incl 64 badly)
  • cruise ship building cost – US$570 million (EU 450 mill)
  • salvage operation/wreckage removal cost – US$ 2 billion (EU 1,5 bill)
Costa Deliziosa
  • pier collision/allision – 2011 (Bergen Norway)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2014
  • cancelled port calls in Turkey – 2015
  • Costa Cruises bad publicity – 2012 (waiter staff strike on the ship)
Costa Diadema
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2015 twice)
Costa Fascinosa
  • propulsion/power loss – 2014 (tornado)
  • deaths – overboard (2014), 2015 (5 killed in Tunis /terrorist attack)
  • injuries/crimes – 2013 (sexual), 2015 (8 injured in Tunis)
Costa Favolosa
  • deaths – overboard (2012-crew)
Costa Fortuna
  • fire – 2003 (during ship construction)
  • Concordia-like collision with rocks – 2005 (near Capri Island, Italy)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2015 (twice)
  • deaths – 2011 (crew)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2015)
Costa Luminosa
  • 2009 – dual christening in Genoa Italy (together with Costa Pacifica)
  • fire – 2014
  • pollution in Baltic Sea – 2013
Costa Magica
  • deaths – overboard (2006, 2012-crew)
  • injuries/crimes – 2014 (4 pax with firearms)
Costa Mediterranea
  • tender boat malfunction – 2015
  • deaths – overboard (2008)
  • boat rescue in Grand Cayman – 2006 (saved 54 pax, 3 crew)
Costa neoClassica
  • renamed from “Costa Classica” in 2014
  • fire – 2005 (Greece), 2014 (Red Sea)
  • ship collisions – 2008 (with MSC Poesia in Dubrovnik Croatia), 2010 (with a cargo ship on Yangtze River in China)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2010
  • cancelled port calls in Turkey – 2015
  • deaths – overboard (2009, 2014), 2005 (5 killed, 43 injured in a bus crash in Madeira Portugal)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2012), 2009 (5 thefts), 2010
Costa neoRiviera
  • (as MS Mistral) ship seizure – 2004 (in Marseille France)
  • renamed from “MS Grand Mistral” in 2013
Costa neoRomantica
  • fire – 2009 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2009, 2014 (heavy storm in the Mediterranean), 2015
  • renamed from “Costa Romantica” in 2011
Costa Pacifica
  • 2009 – dual christening in Genoa Italy (together with Costa Luminosa)
  • pier collision/allision – 2012 (Marseille France)
  • cancelled port calls in Turkey – 2015
  • illness outbreaks – 2014 (measles, 59 crew)
Costa Serena
  • ship collision – 2014 (with a water tanker in Naples Italy)
  • deaths – overboard (2010), 2013 (crew)
Costa Victoria
  • burning fishing boat rescue – 2014
  • deaths – overboard (2014), 2009 (passenger run down in Dubai UAE), 2010 (snorkeling in Ilha Grande Brazil)
  • injuries/crimes – 2014 (passenger protest in Hong Kong China)
MSC Armonia
  • (as MS European Vision) ship seizure – 2004 (in Bridgetown Barbados)
  • renamed from “MS European Vision” in 2004
  • redesigned/stretched by Fincantieri (Palermo Sicily) in 2014
  • illness – 2012 (flu outbreak, South America, 3 pax, 7 crew)
  • deaths – 2012 (crew)
  • injuries/crimes – 2009 (drug bust)
MSC Divina
  • (Italy) Venice protesting citizens – 2012 (during the Mediterranean maiden voyage)
  • deaths – overboard (2014-soccer fan, Brazil World Cup)
  • injuries/crimes – 2015 (3 pax, freak wave in Caribbean)
  • medevacs – 2014 (baseball celebrity Jim Fregosi), 2015
MSC Fantasia
  • pier collision/allision – 2012 (Naples Italy)
  • mooring failure – 2012 (Palma de Mallorca Spain)
  • deaths – overboard (Brazil 2012-2013), 2016
MSC Lirica
  • redesigned/stretched by Fincantieri (Palermo Sicily) in 2015
  • pier collision/allision – 2012 (Civitavecchia-Rome Italy)
  • near ship collision – 2012 (with containership MSC Lauren)
MSC Magnifica
  • pier collision/allision – 2013 (Piraeus-Athens Greece)
  • pollution in Brazil – 2014
  • MSC Cruises bad publicity – 2014 (“slave-like working conditions”), 2014 (fined in Brazil for illegal dumping of garbage into the sea)
  • deaths – overboard (2015)
  • injuries/crimes – drug busts (2013-crew, 2015)
MSC Meraviglia
  • 2017 (under construction)
MSC Musica
  • fire – 2010 (Rio de Janeiro Brazil)
  • deaths – 2010 (murdered crew)
MSC Opera
  • redesigned/stretched by Fincantieri (Palermo Sicily) in 2015
  • pier collision/allision – 2011 (Buenos Aires Argentina)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2011
  • ship seizure – 2011 (in Southampton England, UK)
  • Norovirus – 2010 (400+ pax, Baltic Sea, Europe)
  • deaths – overboard (2013-crew, 2015)
  • injuries/crimes – drug bust (2010)
  • medevacs – 2014
MSC Orchestra
  • fire – 2013 (fuel tank explosion)
  • illness outbreaks – 2009 (flu, hundreds pax), 2012 (meningitis, 4 crew)
  • deaths – overboard (2010), 2012 (crew), 2016 (bus crash in Dominica)
  • injuries/crimes – drug bust (2010)
MSC Poesia
  • ship collision – 2008 (with Costa Classica/neoClassica in Dubrovnik Croatia)
  • ship grounding – 2012 (Freeport Bahamas)
  • pier collision/allision – 2012 (Falmouth Jamaica)
  • deaths – 2009 (diving in Grand Cayman)
  • injuries/crimes – drug busts (2011, 2014), overboard/rescued (2012)
MSC Preziosa
  • renamed from Phoenicia (unfinished project) in 2012
  • pier collision/allision – 2014 (Venice Italy)
  • deaths – 2013 (crew), 2013 (elderly passenger)
MSC Seaside
  • 2017 (under construction)
MSC Seaview
  • 2018 (under construction)
MSC Sinfonia
  • (as MS European Stars) ship seizure – 2004 (in Barcelona Spain)
  • renamed from “MS European Stars” in 2004
  • redesigned/stretched by Fincantieri (Palermo Sicily) in 2015
  • pier collision/allision – 2015 (Genoa Italy)
  • Norovirus – 2 outbreaks in 2009-South America (426)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2008), 2009 (excessive passenger behavior on party themed cruise from Durban), 2015 (crew thieves)
MSC Splendida
  • mooring failure/collision – 2013 (La Goulette Tunisia)
  • deaths – overboard (2010), 2015 (12 killed in Tunis /terrorist attack)
  • injuries/crimes – 2010 (gangway collapsed), 2015 (13 injured in Tunis)

Holland America Line incidents

Holland America Line’s fleet owner is the Carnival Corporation company.

ms Amsterdam
  • 2005 (Falkland Islands) – 936 passengers stranded ashore overnight
  • fire – 2011
  • tender boat grounding (2016)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 4 outbreaks in 2002 (total 460 / 67), 2004 (75 / 11), 2 outbreaks in 2006 (total 206 / 16), 3 outbreaks in 2009 (total 290 / 41), 2012 (85 / 6), 2015 (180+)
  • deaths – overboard (2006-crew)
  • Holland America Line bad publicity – 2015 (Seattle court awarded an US$21 mill verdict for negligence)
ms Eurodam
  • fire – 2008
  • deaths – overboard (2012)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2016)
ms Koningsdam
  • 2016 (under construction)
ms Maasdam
  • fire – 2009
  • ship listing/tilting – 2009
  • propulsion/power loss – 2005 (twice)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2009 (79 / 8), 2010 (168 / 19), 2011 (56 / 6), 2014 (65 / 8), 2015 (67 / 12)
  • deaths – overboard (2011)
  • injuries/crimes – 1998 (bus crash in Florida)
ms Nieuw Amsterdam
  • fire – 2000*
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2010 (134 / 6)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2014)
ms Nieuw Statendam
  • 2018 (new ship)
ms Noordam
  • fire – 2013, 2014
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2008 (103 / 12), 2009 (159 / 19),
    2010 (38 pax)
  • injuries/crimes – 2014 (embezzlement)
  • boat rescue in Alaska – 2015
ms Oosterdam
  • delayed ship delivery – 2003
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2006 (total 110 pax), 2008 (76 / 4), 2009 (110 / 10)
  • deaths – overboard (2011)
  • injuries/crimes – 2013 (crew)
  • medevacs – 2005, 2013, 2014
ms Prinsendam
  • fire – 1980*
  • hull and interior damages – 2010 (G-12 level storm in the Atlantic Ocean)
  • poor ship condition – 2007
  • low level of service and amenities – 2012
  • Norovirus – 2007 (?)
  • injuries/crimes – 2007
ms Rotterdam
  • propulsion/power loss – 2004 (Atlantic Ocean)
  • pollution in Alaska – 1994 (13 times, fined US$2 mill)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2004 (38 / 7), 2006-South America (125)
  • deaths – overboard (2010)
  • injuries/crimes – 2004 (90 injured during Transatlantic crossing)
ms Veendam
  • ship collisions – 2003 (with Norwegian Wind in Cozumel), 2011 (with container ship in Buenos Aires Argentina)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2000, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2015
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2004 (total 130 / 9), 2 outbreaks in 2005 (total 289 / 43), 2006 (67 / 8), 2008 (112 / 12), 2013 (60 / 10), 2014 (114 / 10), 2015 (57 / 10)
  • deaths – overboard (2003, 2014)
  • injuries/crimes – 2011 (drug bust)
  • medevacs – 2014
ms Volendam
  • fire – 2001
  • propulsion/power loss – 2012
  • pollution in Alaska – 2009 (3 times), 2010 (3 times)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2003 (total 128 / 16), 2006 (51 / 3), 2 outbreaks in 2007 (total 174 / 9), 2008 (85 / 7), 2013 (28 / 1)
  • deaths – overboard (2011-crew)
  • injuries/crimes – 2008
ms Westerdam
  • fire – 2003, 2014**
  • collision with ice in Alaska – 2011
  • pollution in Alaska – 2008 (4 times)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2007 (146 / 9)
  • deaths – 2015 (plane crash in Alaska)
  • medevacs – 2013
ms Zaandam
  • propulsion/power loss – 2009
  • pollution in Alaska – 2010 (3 times)
  • illness – 2009 (swine flu)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2003 (100 pax), 2006 (64 / 4), 2007 (91 / 8), 2008 (100 / 13), 2009 (74 / 21)
  • deaths – overboard (2009)
ms Zuiderdam
  • fire – 2008 (twice), 2012, 2014
  • propulsion/power loss – 2006
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2006 (105 / 33), 2008 (262 / 17), 2010 (73 / 5)
  • deaths – 2007 (plane crash in Alaska), 2010 (kid drowned)
  • medevacs – 2009

Hurtigruten incidents

Hurtigruten (aka Norwegian Coastal Express) is the Norway’s passenger and cargo shipping line. Its vessels operate on a daily scheduled itinerary (11-days in length) along the Norwegian west and north coastal regions. Departures are offered from all ports of call along the itinerary route, which is between the ports of Bergen (southwest) and Kirkenes (northeast).

ms Finnmarken
  • Norovirus – 2007 (17 pax)
ms Fram
  • collision – 2007 (with iceberg in Antarctica)
  • pollution – 2008 (oil spill in Greenland)
  • rescued ice patrol vessel – 2013 (Antarctica)
ms Kong Harald
  • ship grounding – 2013 (Trollfjord Norway)
  • Norovirus – 2010
ms Lofoten
ms Midnatsol
  • Norovirus – 2007 (100 pax)
ms Nordkapp
  • ship grounding – 2007 (Antarctica)
  • deaths – 2005 (crew)
ms Nordlys
  • fire – 2011
ms Nordnorge
ms Polarlys
ms Richard With
  • ship grounding – 2009 (Trondheim Norway)
ms Spitsbergen
  • 2016 (renamed from “MV Atlantida” (ferry)
ms Trollfjord
ms Vesteralen

Asian cruise lines ship accidents

The following list of cruise ships includes vessels owned and operated only by cruise lines based in Asia (predominantly in China and Japan). The largest among those are Star Cruises, NYK Line, HNA Line, SkySea Cruises.

MS Asuka II
  • renamed in 2006 (originally named “Crystal Harmony”, 1990), transferred from Crystal Cruises to NYK Line (Japan)
MS Henna
  • renamed in 2012 (originally named “MS Jubilee”, 1986), transferred from P&O Australia to HNA Cruises (China)
  • former names: Pacific Sun, Jubilee (Carnival)
  • ship seizure – 2012 (in Jeju, South Korea)
  • In Nov 2015, HNA Cruises shut down its operations in China. The company will continue to operate as a cruise booking agency.
Nippon Maru
  • owned by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL shipping company)
Chinese Taishan
  • renamed from “Costa Voyager”
  • former names: Olympic Voyager, Voyager, Grand Voyager, Costa Voyager
Genting World
  • 2016 (under construction)
Star Pisces
  • renamed from “Kalypso” in 1994
SuperStar Aquarius
  • renamed from “Norwegian Wind” (NCL)
  • former names: Windward, Norwegian Wind
  • deaths – overboard (2010)
Super Star Gemini
  • renamed from “Norwegian Dream” (NCL)
  • former names: Dreamward, Norwegian Dream, Gemini
  • deaths – overboard (2015)
SuperStar Libra
  • renamed from “Norwegian Sea” (NCL)
  • former names: Seaward, Norwegian Sea
  • deaths – overboard (2015)
SuperStar Virgo
The Taipan
  • renamed from “MegaStar Aries”
Oriental Dragon
  • renamed from “SuperStar Sagittarius”
Pacific Venus
  • owned by Japan Cruise Line
SkySea Golden Era
  • renamed from “Celebrity Century”

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