Azura cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9424883, owned by Carnival Corporation and operated by its subsidiary the P&O Cruises line company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
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P&O Azura accidents & incidents
At the Azura CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of P&O Cruises Azura ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents. Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media media sources, Wikipedia and Coast Guard reports.
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- In November 2011, the vessel’s flag-state (registry) was changed from Southampton (UK) to Hamilton (Bermuda) to enable cruise wedding ceremonies at sea.
- September 5, 2012, an unattended laptop bag on the Gibraltar cruise terminal sparked a bomb scare. Spotted by UK Borders & Coastguard Agency personnel, the suspicious bag was reported to the local police and the bomb squad was dispatched. The terminal’s area was cordoned off and controlled explosion procedures were carried out via a wheelbarrow robot (remotely controlled bomb disposal tool). Subsequently, the manual search established the bag had only personal belongings. During the incident, the ship remained docked, with its hatches closed. All passengers and the crew remained on the vessel’s port side. The boarding of those returning on the ship after spending the day ashore was delayed by ~2 hours until the bomb threat issue was resolved.
- June 9, 2013, the vessel’s scheduled departure from call port Venice Italy was delayed by ~4 hours due to civil protests. The departures of MSC Fantasia and Costa Fascinosa were also impeded, as the port’s waterfront area was blocked by numerous small boats with local protesters. They argued that the growth of big cruise ships stopping in Venice had a negative impact on the city as a travel destination. Environmental issues were also raised by the No Grandi Navi group (translated “No Big Ships”), claiming that large-size cruise ships stopping in Venice impose potential risk (damages or accidents) for the city’s fragile foundation and historical monuments. The issue grew louder since the Costa Concordia accident (January 2012).
- May 2015 series of incidents during the 7-days Norwegian Fjords cruise itinerary from Southampton England. On May 4, the ship experienced tendering problems in call port Geiranger Norway. Some passengers were disembarked in early morning. However, tendering operations were soon cancelled due to loss of anchor, leaving the offloaded passengers temporarily stranded ashore. On May 6, while docked in call port Flam Norway, the ship experienced engine problems (several electrical faults) leading to a ~5 hours late departure and an itinerary change (call port Stavanger Norway was dropped). Unofficially, passengers reported that the ship briefly ran aground and that the attempts to free the vessel caused the following issues. Right after leaving Flam, the ship continued to experience electrical system faults, forcing it to dock overnight for repairs in Bergen Norway. These incidents resulted in a 24-hour late arrival in homeport Southampton England, plus itinerary changes on the next scheduled sailing (14-day Mediterranean roundtrip from Southampton). It was shortened by 2 days (reduced to 10-days, and leaving on May 10 instead of May 8) with call port Cadiz Spain being dropped.
- November 1-2, 2016, due to technical issues, the vessel stayed overnight in Ponta Delgarda (Azores). Ponta Delgada was the first port of call on a 14-night Transatlantic repositioning cruise (itinerary Oct 28 – Nov 11) from Southampton to Bridgetown (Barbados).
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- November 9, 2016, a male passenger (of British origin) was killed and 9 others were seriously injured in a bus crash accident in Dominica. The bus (carrying 10 cruise ship passengers) crashed while operating on a P&O Cruises sponsored shore excursion from port Roseau. The ship was on a 14-night Transatlantic repositioning cruise (itinerary Oct 28 – Nov 11) from Southampton to Bridgetown Barbados, visiting Sao Miguel Island (Azores), St Maarten Island, St Lucia Island, Dominica, and Grenada.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- Fortunately, no such major incidents were officially reported so far.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- October 30, 2015, passenger embarkation in homeport Southampton UK was delayed by ~5 hours due to deep cleaning procedures. The inconvenience was caused by a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) affecting unknown number of passengers and crew on the previous sailing. The illness incident occurred on a 14-days Mediterranean cruise itinerary from Southampton, with call ports Vigo, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Monte Carlo, Livorno, Rome (Civitavecchia), Ajaccio and Seville (Cadiz). On October 29, a statement by P&O UK was posted on the line’s FB page informing about the GI illness outbreak caused by Noro virus (symptoms – severe vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps). All booked passengers were given GBP 20 per person in shipboard credit for drinks.
- Note: If there are no US cruise ports along the itinerary, the ship is not obliged to report the incident to the CDC, hence no official report on the illness outbreak.
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