Carnival Paradise cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9120877, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. Among the unfortunate events at sea are crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions, rescue operations.
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Kvaerner-Masa shipbuilding company in Finland.
Carnival Paradise accidents & incidents
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- January 3, 2000, on a Millennium-themed cruise, propulsion problems caused a major itinerary change. The Eastern Caribbean (with Bahamas and BVI-Tortola) was replaced by Western Caribbean (with Mexico). Some of the passengers held a protest while the ship was docked in Nassau Bahamas.
- July 19, 2000, a propulsion system malfunction caused the cancellation of 3 sailings, all leaving from homeport Miami FL.
- May 16, 2009, while the ship was en-route to Baltimore from Freeport Bahamas, a fire broke out in the battery room. It was soon extinguished. The ship notified the COTP (Captain of the Port) about the incident by email.
- October 1, 2012, the ship partially lost propulsion when maneuvering for docking in homeport Tampa, Florida. There was a malfunction in one of the Azipod units (starboard) which excitation breaker failed. It caused power loss to the unit, and had to be reset. When leaving Tampa port several hours later, the starboard Azipod’s excitation breaker tripped again, and caused a second lost of propulsion. A faulty transceiver was replaced.
- August 31, 2012, USCG reported “material failure” (unspecified issue).
- August 19, 2013, while the ship was entering Port of Tampa, Florida, the starboard Azipod tripped offline.
- March 2, 2017, due to a technical (propulsion) issue affecting the vessel’s max cruising speed, the following Carnival Paradise cruise itineraries were changed (Tampa Florida roundtrip departure dates in 2017): March 13, 27, April 10, 24, May 8, 22, and June 5. Cruise company’s technicians made the necessary repairs while the ship was in service. In the modified itinerary, Grand Cayman Island was replaced with Costa Maya (Mexico) and Cozumel (Mexico). Cozumel port’s scheduled time was extended (8 am – 8 pm). In Costa Maya remained as the usually scheduled (7 am – 3 pm). Days 2 and 5 were seadays. As compensation, all booked passengers received USD 25 pp in onboard credit (applied to the Sail & Sign account). All pre-purchased Grand Cayman tours / excursions were automatically refunded (to the onboard account). Pre-purchased Cozumel tours / excursions were automatically adjusted to the new port day.
- September 2017, one Western Caribbean cruise from Tampa (itinerary September 11-16 / 5-day to Grand Cayman and Cozumel) was cancelled due to hurricane Irma. All bookings received full refunds. All booked shore excursions were fully refunded.
Cuban refugees cruise ship rescue incident
- On March 4, 2014, while en-route from Tampa to Grand Cayman on a 5-day Mexico itinerary from Tampa Florida, the Carnival cruise ship Paradise received a distress call and altered the itinerary course in order to help a boat with 24 Cuban refugees (migrants) trying to get to the USA by sea. The refugees’ boat was stranded at sea for 5 days. After boarding the ship, Cubans were provided with cabins, food, water and clothing. On the following day they were all offloaded in the next port of call (George Town, Grand Cayman).
- Note: Cruise ship operators have agreed to inform the USCG if they spot Cuban refugees in open sea and to rescue them if needed.
- Similar Carnival cruise ship incidents happened on Carnival Ecstasy (March 25, 2014, with 41 Cubans rescued), on Carnival Dream (May 7, 2014, 39 Cubans rescued), on Carnival Liberty (August 22, 2014, 11 Cubans rescued) and on Carnival Breeze (May 9, 2015, 25 Cubans rescued). All refugee boats were both unseaworthy and overcrowded.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- October 15, 2005, a female passenger died on a “Xingolati Groove” themed cruise (Oct 14 – 17). Passengers disembarkation in Long Beach was delayed by ~6 hours due to FBI investigation. The cause of death was methadone intoxication. Methadone is a synthetic pain medication (aka Dolophine).
- January 16, 2009, two elderly passengers (90- and 79-year-old) were reported missing before docking in homeport Long Beach. The couple was presumed fell overboard. Investigation suggested a suicide. Their cabin’s door was locked from the inside. Their personal belongings were in room. The “do not disturb” sign was on the handle outside. The door to the cabin’s veranda was unlocked.
- November 8, 2009, the ship was on a 3-day Mexico cruise from homeport Long Beach California (starting Nov 6). A medical emergency forced the vessel to alter course and dock unscheduled in San Clemente CA (small town in Orange County) at ~5:30 am. A male passenger sustained a critical injury (head trauma) after falling in his cabin’s bathroom (in the shower cubicle). He was disembarked and transferred to a local hospital, where he died.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- April 10, 2005, a 55-year-old female passenger was suffering from severe internal pain and had to be medevaced (airlifted) by a USCG helicopter. She was transported to a San Diego hospital.
- April 20, 2007, a false bomb threat caused a full ship search at 2:20 pm, including re-inspection of all passenger luggage. Nothing was found, but the incident caused a late departure from homeport Long Beach CA (at ~6 pm).
- February 14, 2010, a 30-year-old male passenger broke into the ship’s infirmary and stole prescription drugs (among which morphine, Dilaudid, Percocet). While on the vessel, he was detained in the brig until docking in Long Beach CA, where was arrested by FBI. Lawsuit was held in Los Angeles on March 8, 2010. The man was charged with “burglary involving controlled substances” and also with “possession of controlled substances”.
- June 25, 2010, a male passenger tripped over a hose and fell fracturing his left ankle. The hose was on deck, not in use, without any signs/tape placed around it to warn passengers of the hazard.
- July 16, 2010, a male crew (serving the galley) sustained an injury fracturing his left ankle while walking a ramp on board.
- August 16, 2010, while the ship was in International waters, a female passenger jumped overboard from her cabin’s balcony (deck 11) falling down to deck 10’s main walkway (starboard). She sustained spine compression injury. Next day the ship was docked in Long Beach, California, the passenger was disembarked and transported to a local hospital for advanced treatment. Investigation showed that the woman had a male passenger in her cabin when she jumped from the balcony. The man stated they had an argument resulting in her becoming upset and jumping from the veranda. The woman provided written statement indicating she was threatened by the man.
- December 5, 2010, a female passenger sustained injury (fractured her left humerus) after missing a step and falling on the floor. She was disembarked in Santa Catalina, California.
- June 19, 2011, a female passenger sustained injury (fractured her right hip) in her cabin after falling down from the bed. Next day, when the ship was docked in Long Beach, CA, she was disembarked and transported to local hospital.
- October 30, 2011, a male passenger fractured his left femur after falling down upon leaving the ship’s disco nightclub.
- January 24, 2012, a female passenger sustained injury (fractured her left wrist) after falling down from a bar stool. She was disembarked in Grand Cayman, then flew back home.
- April 22, 2012, due to the ship’s movement, a senior female passenger fell and injured her right hip. She was treated in the ship’s hospital, then disembarked in Grand Cayman. The woman was walking on Lido deck, holding on to the railing and approaching the elevator. The ship was in heavy seas and rocking.
- January 31, 2014, a male passenger sustained an injury (fractured his right elbow) during a basketball game at the sports court. He was outfitted by the onboard medical staff with a cast.
- December 22, 2014, a young male passenger sustained injury (fell and broke his right arm) when using the onboard jogging track. He went to a hospital in Nassau, Bahamas, then boarded again to continue the voyage.
- April 28, 2016, three cruise ship passengers sustained injuries in a buggy crash accident in Cozumel Mexico. In El Cedral (Mayan Ruins site) at ~12:15 pm the buggy driver lost control and crash in a tree hitting his head on the windshield. The other two passengers in the buggy sustained minor injuries (mostly bruises).
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