Carnival Fantasy cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 8700773, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. Among the unfortunate events at sea are collisions, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
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Carnival Fantasy accidents & incidents
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Ship collision accident
- July 26, 2011, two Carnival cruise ships collided into each other in call port Key West, Florida. The USCG investigation report says Carnival Imagination (already berthed) was hit by the Fantasy (maneuvering for mooring). The ships struck stern to stern, and sustained minor damages. No injuries, nor pollution or structural damages were reported. The Fantasy ship’s navigation crew were mandatorily tested for drugs and alcohol. The incident happened when the Fantasy was on a 6-day Florida Bahamas cruise from Charleston SC, and the Imagination ship was on a 4-day Bahamas cruise from Miami FL.
- July 23, 2008, a ship collision accident (a tanker hit a barge) caused the closure of a 47 ml / 75 km long stretch of the waterway, and also included the ship’s homeport New Orleans Louisiana. Since the closure went on for several days for cleaning, the current cruise ended in Mobile, Alabama instead. To all leaving passengers were provided transportation back to New Orleans (cruise port or the airport). Next itinerary also departed from Mobile AB. The line provided bus transportation from New Orleans.
- October 27, 2008, at ~ 10 pm, the ship experienced a heavy listing caused by a technical glitch. The vessel was in Mississippi River waters (after leaving New Orleans). A tug boat assistance was requested. The problem was fixed quickly and the ship continued toward Progreso Mexico.
- December 14, 2009, in homeport Mobile Alabama, the ship failed to dock for passenger disembarkation (from a 4-night itinerary) and embarkation (5-night itinerary). All booked on the next cruise passengers were allowed to cancel with a future Carnival cruise credit, and the itinerary was changed – from 5 to 4 night, and Calica Mexico was skipped. All passengers on the current cruise were 1-day prorated refunded, and received US$20 PP in onboard credit as compensation for the Gov fees in the Calica port (Playa del Carmen, Mexico).
- October 15, 2011, the ship’s SCC unit (speed control computer) malfunctioned. The SSC was replaced. After its power supply replacement, the system continued to show insufficient power. The analysis showed the new unit was causing the problem. The ship left Nassau Bahamas on 1 shaft. When en-route to homeport Charleston, a new power supply unit was installed, and the system check of the SCC showed OK.
- February 22, 2016, due to technical issue causing sailing at slower cruising speeds, itinerary changes were made to the 4-day Western Caribbean itinerary (Feb 22-26) roundtrip from Miami FL. The scheduled ports of call Cozumel Mexico and Key West Florida were replaced with Bahamas (Nassau and Freeport). The changed Mexican itinerary was also a themed one. It had a live performance by the US actress Kathy Griffin pre-scheduled for Feb 24, during the ship’s stop in Cozumel. However, this event was canceled, and all pre-purchased tickets were fully refunded. As compensation, all passengers were given $50 in OBC / onboard credit plus a 25% off future Carnival cruise booking discount. The propulsion problem began on the previous 2-day cruise to Bahamas from Miami (Feb 20-22) when Nassau was replaced with Freeport.
- April 13, 2017, due to propulsion problems affecting the ship’s max cruising speed, the 4-day Mobile Alabama roundtrip cruise to Cozumel Mexico (itinerary April 13-17) was replaced with “Cruise to Nowhere”. All booked passengers were given the option to cancel (with full refund) or stay on the ship and receive a 50% refund (of the paid cruise fare) plus USD 50 in onboard credit and 50% future Carnival cruise booking discount.
- April 26, 2017, a Carnival Fantasy passenger spotted a man in the Gulf of Mexico’s waters ~7 pm. According to the passenger, the man was wearing red T-shirt and was face down in the water. The cruise ship started a search and rescue operation in the area (approx 290 km / 180 ml from Pensacola Florida). After 2 hours, the ship suspended the search and called in the USCG. The USCG deployed an EADS HC-144 Ocean Sentry (medium-range, twin-engine aircraft) to the location. After covering a total area of approx 1500 km2, the search was suspended.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- May 25, 2009, an an 18-year-old ,ale passenger jumped overboard at ~10 pm. When the accident occurred, the ship was ~150 ml / 240 km southwest of Tampa Florida, en-route from homeport New Orleans to Key West FL. The search and rescue operation failed to find the man’s body.
- July 16, 2010, while the ship was at the end of 5-day Bahamas cruise (returning to its homeport Charleston SC), a male passenger died from natural causes (Acute Myocardial Infarction /a heart disease).
- August 30, 2010, while the ship was in the Bahamas, a female passenger died of natural causes (cardiac arrest).
- December 25, 2010, while the ship was en-rote to Charleston from Bahamas, a male passenger died of natural causes (circulatory arrest).
- June 12, 2011, a male passenger died on the ship of natural causes (heart attack caused from a preexisting medical condition).
- August 19, 2011, a female passenger died from natural causes (liver failure).
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- February 12, 2011, a female passenger sustained injury (fractured right leg femur) after tripping in a door threshold and falling on deck 12 (forward). She was disembarked in Charleston and transported to local hospital.
- August 24, 2011, a female passenger suffered injury (minor fracture of pelvic bone) after tripping and falling. Since the infirmary’s X-ray machine was inoperational, when the ship docked in Charleston, medical personnel boarded the ship and took her to the “Medical University of South Carolina”.
- May 7, 2012, a male passenger sustained injury (fractured right ankle). He was dancing on a Lido deck party when lost balance and fell to his right side. He was taken to the onboard infirmary via stretcher and treated. In Charleston he was transported to Roper St Francis Hospital.
- June 10, 2012, a male passenger sustained injury (fractured right ankle) at the upper level of Universe Lounge while playing a group game of “capture the flag”.
- June 30, 2012, a female passenger sustained injury (of the head, left hip, left knee) after falling on stairs. She was medevaced.
- September 16, 2013, while the ship was docked at Cooper River cruise terminal (Charleston), a female passenger sustained injury (fractured left wrist). She lost balance and fell from barstool on Lido deck. She was disembarked.
- August 13, 2014, a male passenger sustained injury (left knee broken patella) on Promenade Deck. While walking towards Majestic Bar and transiting between the fire doors, he missed the stairs ahead and fell down two flights. He was transferred to the onboard infirmary and diagnosed. The incident happened when the vessel was transiting the harbor channel, and returned to port Charleston where he was disembarked and transferred to a local hospital.
- July 16, 2015, upon the ship’s arrival in homeport Charleston SC, a 41-year-old male passenger was arrested on charges of child pornography. The man was charged of 3rd-degree “sexual exploitation of a minor”.
- August 18, 2017, the ship had to return back to homeport Mobile Alabama due to medical emergency as the patient’s condition didn’t allow to be medevaced. The ship was in the 2nd day of 4-day cruise to Cozumel Mexico (itinerary Aug 17-21). Due to the incident, Cozumel had to be cancelled and the remainder of the voyage was spent at sea. As compensation, all passengers received 50% refund (of the fare paid) plus 50% credit on a future Carnival cruise. In addition, passengers who decided to disembark in Mobile AL received a full refund.
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