Carnival Miracle

Carnival Miracle
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Carnival Miracle cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9237357, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. Among the unfortunate events at sea are collision, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Carnival Miracle position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 88,500-ton 2170-passenger Carnival cruise ship Miracle was built in 2004 by the
Kvaerner-Masa shipbuilding company in Finland.

Carnival Miracle accidents & incidents

Carnival Miracle accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the Carnival Miracle 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.

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Pier collision accident

  • January 28, 2010, upon berthing in Port Zante (Basseterre, St Kitts) at ~11 am, a sudden gust of wind pushed the vessel starboard against the pier. The incident resulted in hitting one of the dolphins and one of the fenders there. Passengers disembarkation was done at Port Zante (in the center of the Basseterre bay). Since the ship sustained hull damages, a Puerto Rican team of welders started patching works so the vessel to be allowed to depart from ST Kitts on the next day (Jan 29) back to homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida. The Zante port facility was also damaged.
  • Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).

Technical incidents

  • July 7, 2008, the ship was running at lower than normal cruising speed (up to 18 kn / 21 mph / 33 kph) due to propulsion system malfunction. On this itinerary, call port Tortola (BVI) was dropped and replaced with Grand Turk. This itinerary change remained until the drydock repairs in early 2009.
  • December 23, 2008, while on a 8-day Western Caribbean cruise from homeport Fort Lauderdale (Dec 15-23), the ship experienced propulsion issues (bearing of an Azipod). The incident resulted in reduced cruising speed and caused itinerary changes. The Costa Rica and Panama ports of call were dropped and replaced with Mexico (Costa Maya, and Cozumel) and Honduras (Isla Roatan. Propulsion problems were fixed during the drydock works (in Feb and Mar 2009), for which 3 cruises were cancelled (Feb 25, Mar 5 & 13).
  • January 10, 2010, while in St Marteen port, one of the ship’s passenger tendering boats (number 1) malfunctioned (the winch brake failed).
  • February 4, 2010, while in Limon port (Costa Rica), one of the ship’s passenger tendering boats (number 6) malfunctioned (winch brake failed). Repairs were done while the ship was moored in Belize City (Belize).
  • January 18, 2011, during the annual inspection of the ship’s life saving equipment, one of the passenger tendering boats (number 3) malfunctioned. Its both wire ropes (located fore and af) were replaced.
  • April 18, 2014, a propulsion unit problem on the ship forced Carnival Cruise Lines to change the Alaskan itinerary. The problem affected the ship’s cruising speed. It was slowed from 21 kn to 18 knots (21 mph / 33 kph). The Azipod unit was fixed during the dry dock refurbishment in 2015. The line provided all passengers canceling their Alaska cruises with full refund. The list of affected voyages (itinerary changes) included the following departures: May 6 and May 13 (Skagway replaced Sitka), May 20 through August 26 (Ketchikan was cancelled, Victoria and Juneau had extended port stays), September 18 (Hawaii port sequence changes, 1 day stay in Maui port), September 10 (port sequence changes).

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • January 7, 2010, the ship was en-route to St Marteen when a male passenger seating at the Maguire’s Bar suddenly collapsed and died. Medical staff was unsuccessful in reviving him. The man had been previously on medication, suffering from cardiac arrhythmia (Supraventricular Tachycardia).
  • January 19, 2010, after visiting the ship’s hospital, a male passenger went to its cabin and died in bed. His spouse tried CPR, then called the medical staff, but all efforts to revive him was unsuccessful. Investigation showed that death was result of medical problems previous to boarding the ship.
  • January 20, 2011, a male passenger with pre-existing medical problems died. Death case was filed as “unknown, possible cardiac”.
  • January 28, 2011, while the ship was en-route to Fort Lauderdale Florida from from Curacao, a male passenger was found by his wife lying unconscious in their stateroom’s bathroom. For about 20 min medical staff performed CPR, with no response. The dead passenger had a previous medical conditions (HTN-hypertension and Diabetes) and was on medications.
  • March 15, 2011, a 47-year-old male crew (of Filipino origin) was reported missing and presumed fell overboard. The accident occurred when the ship was in Southern Caribbean waters between Curacao and Aruba. The conducted search didn’t find the body.
  • June 11, 2011, a male passenger died from natural causes.
  • February 18, 2013, an 18-year-old male passenger died in his cabin (from alcohol poisoning /unofficial information). The accident occurred at ~3 am (Feb 26) on an 8-day cruise roundtrip from homeport NYC New York.
  • March 18, 2016, a 47-year-old male passenger was found dead in his cabin. The ship was en-route from Cabo San Lucas to Los Angeles, returning from a 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise (itinerary March 12-19). The next day the ship arrived in LA and was boarded by FBI agents. Due to the investigation, passenger disembarkation was delayed by 90 min.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • July 31, 2004, while the ship was en-route to homeport NYC New York, at 4 am (~5 hours before docking), an announcement was made via the PA system saying “This is the Captain speaking. All crew members abandon ship”. A few minutes later, via the PA system a female crew said that the previous message was a mistake. Later, the Captain apologized explaining that some teenagers made a prank accessing the PA system.
  • October 7, 2010, a male passenger was injured after slipping on Lido deck and hitting the back of his head.
  • November 1, 2010, while the ship was docked in Grand Turk, a male passenger on a shore excursion sustained an injury of his back. He was brought to the ship for treatment.
  • December 9, 2010, a female passenger sustained injury (fractured her right hip) while descending the stairs inside the ship’s Gym.
  • November 1, 2011, a male passenger sustained injury, fracturing his left and right feet at the deck 2’s Phantom Lounge (behind the stage).
  • February 21, 2013, the Port Canaveral departure was delayed because of a bomb threat e-mailed to the port authorities. The cruise port was temporarily closed after the bomb threat was received at ~5 pm. A safety zone was established and the whole port traffic was stopped. The ship was not allowed to board passengers or crew due to the vessel’s proximity (~1 ml / 2 km) to the Victory Casino Cruises boat (mentioned in the mail as the bomb carrier). After conducting multiple searches and not founding any explosive devices, authorities re-opened the cruise port and the ship was cleared for embarkation.
  • June 16, 2013, while the ship was on an Alaskan cruise and just departing from Juneau AK, a female passenger suffered an injury (no data) requiring advanced medical care. The ship requested USCG assistance, and the local Station send a small boat for medical evacuation.
  • June 29, 2013, while cruising in Alaska, a male passenger fell and fractured his left hip.
  • February 22, 2014, a female passenger fell overboard from her cabin’s balcony railing during the February 15-22 itinerary. The ship was turned around, lowered a rescue boat and started a search and rescue operation. The woman was found and taken to the ship’s hospital.
  • May 12, 2014, a female passenger fell and fractured her right wrist.
  • September 12, 2014, while in Alaska, a male crew suffered an eye injury while changing the brush on a cleaning machine in the laundry room. Injured crew was disembarked to a clinic in Sitka AK, then transferred to Seattle WA for advanced medical treatment.
  • July 31, 2015, a 35-year-old female passenger suffered from abdominal problems and was medevaced via USCG helicopter sent from San Diego CA.
  • June 14, 2016, due to medical emergency, the ship made an unscheduled stop in Ensenada Mexico.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • March 16, 2013, passengers reported a Norovirus outbreak on the ship during the previous sailing. The ship left NYC to Caribbean, and the illness affected at least 2% of all passengers and crew. All sick were quarantined in their cabins. Strangely, no CDC report was issued on the incident. Miracle was one of the last cruise ships that stopped at the illness source – Grand Turk, before this port of call to be canceled in all itineraries from March 26 through April 4, 2013. The next voyage’s departure (from New York, starting March 16)  was delayed by ~3 hours for extensive ship sanitation procedures.
  • January 25, 2014, while the ship was en-route to Puerto Vallarta (port on a 6-day Mexican Riviera cruise from Los Angeles /itinerary January 12-18), at least 50 passengers suffered from Norovirus symptoms (Gastrointestinal disease) with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • 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 Miracle current position

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