Carnival Legend

Carnival Legend
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Carnival Legend cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9224726, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, collisions, ;listings, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions, christening bad luck.

Here you can also track MS Carnival Legend position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 88,500-ton 2130-passenger Carnival cruise ship Legend was built in 2002 by the Kvaerner-Masa shipbuilding company in Finland.

Carnival Legend accidents & incidents

Carnival Legend accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the Carnival Legend CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Carnival ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents. Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and USCG (Coast Guard) reports.

Here we also post updates on Carnival Legend cruise law news. They are related to recent crimes being investigated. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Christening incident

  • Failures during ship christening ceremonies are considered very ominous. On August 21, 2002, during the vessel’s naming ceremony, the godmother Judi Dench failed its “bottle smashing” duty 2 times. She took 3 attempts to smash the champagne bottle against the ship’s hull. Many superstitious Carnival fans blame this unfortunate event (the “bottle smashing fiasco”) for the ship’s numerous accidents and incidents at sea.

Ship collision accident

  • On September 30, 2009, while leaving its dock berth in Cozumel, Mexico, the Legend ship crashed against the side of the docked Royal Caribbean ship Enchantment of the Seas. The incident was caused by a sudden and heavy gust of wind. The results were damaged opendeck areas, railings, lots of broken glass and dishes. Both ships were able to continue on their itineraries.

Ship listing accidents

  • July 13, 2005, at ~5 pm, after leaving the BVI’s Tortola island and en-route to homeport NYC New York, the ship started 14-degree listing port side, with a hard starboard turn. The shipowner Carnival Cruise Lines explained the incident as a computer glitch problem coinciding with a strong wind from starboard. The Captain had to manually navigate the vessel in order to prevent a real capsizing. The unfortunate results were lots of broken glass, emptied pools, spilled drinks. No compensation was offered to passengers.
  • August 29, 2016 – while operating in Alaska and en-rote from Ketchikan AK to Victoria BC (Canada), a mechanical failure caused the ship to turn sharply to starboard and started to list heavily to portside. The listing was estimated at around 30 degrees (10 degrees away from capsizing). It lasted for ~5 min, then the vessel was righted. The incident occurred at ~ 6 pm and resulted in panicked passengers, shattered dishware, emptied swimming pools. Passengers additionally reported a “mechanical noise” followed by “violent vibrations” right before the sharp turn. Then the crew commanded all passengers to stand on the vessel’s left side (portside) to even out the starboard listing. No injuries were reported. All pre-booked shore excursions in Victoria BC were cancelled. The vessel was manually controlled towards Victoria and left the port ~2 hours behind schedule. As causes for the severe listing accident was first announced “azipod (propulsion system) failure”, then “engine failure” (turning valve failed in one of the vessels all 4 engines), then failed stabilizers” and also was mentioned “autopilot failure”. The accident occurred during the 7-day Alaskan cruise from Seattle WA (roundtrip, itinerary Aug 23-30) visiting Tracy Arm Fjord, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Victoria BC.

Technical incidents

  • August 2004, the 8-day Caribbean cruise itinerary from NYC was changed to Bermuda after the ship experienced a propulsion issue. Passengers spent 3 days in King’s Wharf Bermuda, while crew was fixing the problem.
  • August 3, 2005, at ~10  pm, an engine room fire broke out, resulting in heavy smoke from the ship’s lower decks forward. An announcement was made via the PA system all passengers to proceed to upper open decks. The theater’s late show production was cancelled. Some cruise cabins and hallways were also filled with smoke. The incident lasted for ~1 hour.
  • On September 2, 2007, during the vessel’s first day at sea, it lost power for about 1 hour, resulting in a late port of call arrival the next day.
  • December 17, 2008, on the Western Caribbean itinerary (Dec 15-23) the ship experienced mechanical issues resulting in reduced speed and itinerary changes. The scheduled Panama and Costa Rica ports were replaced with Mexico (Costa Maya and Cozumel) and Honduras (Isla Roatan). The problems was caused by an Azipod bearings, which were replaced during the February drydock.
  • March 21, 2009, the ship was reported having mechanical issues with its fire detection system on lower decks (crew decks B, A and 1). The problem was fixed by replacing the Bridge Monitoring Panel.
  • February 7, 2010, while maneuvering for docking at Tampa FL, the ship experienced propulsion system malfunction. The portside Azipod required repairs.
  • February 13, 2010, a propulsion problem occurred with the portside Azipod. It was reported by guests as “grinding noises and vibrations”. The results were highly reduced cruising speed, 7 hours late Tampa arrival, late next-day departure, itinerary change (Grand Cayman port of call was replaced with Cozumel, Mexico).
  • July 11, 2010, the ship lost propulsion (portside Azipod failed) while en-rote to homeport Tampa. The engineering crew managed to replace the faulty circuit breaker.
  • January 17, 2012, USCG reported “material failure” (unspecified issue).
  • January 29, 2012, starboard Azipod (propulsion system) problems resulted in a reduced cruising speed and caused a ~4 hours late arrival and departure to/from homeport Tampa Florida. Passengers received US$15 in onboard credit as compensation to cover their lunch expenses.
  • March 13, 2013, the ship got disabled in Costa Maya, Mexico. Propulsion problems with both Azipods (port- and starboard propulsion units controlling the cruising speed) resulted in itinerary changes due to the reduced speed (14 knots / 16 mph / 26 kmh). Grand Cayman port was skipped, and the ship arrived late in homeport Tampa FL. The vessel’s safety systems and hotel services were reported normal. As compensation, all passengers received US$100 in onboard credit, full refund on pre-purchased Grand Cayman excursions, plus 50% future Carnival cruise booking discount.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • January 10, 2006, a 65-year-old male passenger died in a snorkeling shore excursion accident in Belize (Shark Bay Alley). The man experienced difficulties and was transported to Caye Caulker Village Clinic where he died from a heart attack.
  • May 27, 2006, a 35-year-old male passenger jumped overboard. He was traveling with his family (all from Plumstead, Pennsylvania) and jumped off their cabin’s balcony right in front them. The incident happened at ~1 am, after the man had a serious quarrel with his wife, and right in front of their kids. The ship remained in the area for about 12 hours. The extensive USCG search and rescue operation was unsuccessful in finding the body, and he was presumed dead. As result, the ship arrived late in NYC port. All embarking passengers were compensated for the late departure with US$50 in onboard credit.
  • April 21, 2010, upon the Cozumel port departure, a male passenger jumped overboard, rescued and then arrested by local police. The man was traveling together with his new bride on a honeymoon cruise. The young woman was found in their cabin beaten and unconscious.
  • October 26, 2011, the ship was on a 7-day voyage (October 23 to 30), when a 48-year-old female passenger died in a scooter accident on Oct 26 in Cozumel Mexico. Another female passenger suffered a broken arm and a male passenger suffered a shoulder injury. Both were delivered to the ship by ambulance. Along with the 1 1/2 hours late departure from Cozumel, itinerary changes were made. The call ports Grand Cayman and Roattan were dropped and replaced by Progreso Mexico. While the ship was in Progreso (Oct 27), a female passenger suffered injuries caused by an animal (monkey) while ashore. She was denied boarding due to risks of potential disease transmittance. On the same day, a male crew suffered injuries (bad burns) in a galley/kitchen incident on board.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • February 7, 2003, a 28-year-old female passenger reported being sexually assaulted in her cabin. The later identified by the woman 24-year-old male crew (of Indonesian origin) had entered the cabin (at ~5 am while she was sleeping) and raped her. The man used a master key to enter the cabin.
  • January 1, 2007, on an 8-day itinerary from homeport Fort Lauderdale FL, a medical emergency (needed medevac) forced the ship to significantly change its course while en-route from Martinique to Ft Lauderdale. As result, Belize City port of call was dropped. As compensation, all passengers received 15% refund, plus 20% future Carnival cruise booking discount on 3 to 8 day itineraries prior Dec 15, 2008.
  • November 6, 2008, 13 passengers suffered minor injuries on a sponsored by Carnival shore excursion in Belize. Their tour van collided with another vehicle (Isuzu trooper) at the northern highway. In the Isuzu car, 5 people sustained injuries, among them an infant in critical condition.
  • July 17, 2011, 3 hours after leaving homeport Tampa FL, the ship stopped stood by to meet USCG vessel ~1/2 hour later. The cause was a medical emergency (male crew was injured and had to be medevaced).
  • June 29, 2012, a 41-year-old female passenger (under the influence of alcohol) sustained an injury (fractured left shin bone) after falling down near the lounge’s dance floor.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • November 2003, CDC reported on voyage Nov 13 to 21, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 52 passengers (out of 2160, or 2,4%) and 41 crew (out of 900, or 4,6%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship operated on a 8-days Southern Caribbean itinerary round-trip from homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida. On the next voyage (Nov 21 to 29), another Noro virus outbreak affected 73 passengers (out of 2378, or 3,1%) and 4 crew (out of 913, or 0,4%).
  • Note: When the itinerary doesn’t include US cruise ports, the ship is not required to report to CDC, thus no official illness report would be issued.

Carnival Legend current position


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