Carnival Pride

Carnival Pride
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Carnival Pride cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9223954, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, ship grounding, collision, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), mooring failures, shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Carnival Pride position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 88,500-ton 2150-passenger Carnival cruise ship Pride was built in 2001 by the
Kvaerner-Masa shipbuilding company in Finland.

Carnival Pride accidents & incidents

Carnival Pride accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the Carnival Pride 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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Fire accidents

  • May 16, 2009, a company’s internal report mentioned a fire accident in the battery room. The fire was quickly extinguished by the crew, using a total of 35 dry extinguishers. The incident occurred while the vessel was en-rote from Bahamas (Freeport) returning to homeport Baltimore MD.
  • November 5, 2011, a small fire broke out in the “Circle C” (kids play area on Main Deck 4). The fire was caused by a short circuit in one of the TVs in the room. Two of the crew quickly put the fire out using fire extinguishers. The incident occurred just a few minutes after the kids lounge was flooded with seawater (see in “Technical incidents” below).
  • September 17, 2015, the Carnival cruise vessel experienced an engine room fire, affecting one of its marine diesel engines (number 1). Unofficially, a crew described the incident as “explosion” of the engine. According to the shipowner’s official statement, the incident was caused by a “mechanical failure” of one of the diesel generators, and the smoke activated the fire suppression system. The CCTV camera footage showed there was only smoke in the engine room (not an actual fire). No injuries were reported. The ship didn’t lose power, and its propulsion was not affected. All passenger services and all systems are operational and fully functional. The accident occurred at ~1:15 am (Sept 17), while the ship was en-route from Grand Turk to Bahamas on a 7-days Caribbean cruise itinerary roundtrip from homeport Baltimore MD (Sept 13 to 20) with call ports Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay Bahamas (private island, Sept 17) and Freeport Bahamas. The itinerary remains as scheduled.

Ship grounding accident

  • October 28, 2015, the ship run aground on a sandbar while performing a maneuver for docking in call port King’s Wharf (Bermuda). It was assisted by two tugboats, and when freed it proceeded to complete the procedure. The incident occurred on day 3 of a 5-days roundtrip Bermuda cruise out of homeport Baltimore MD (Oct 26-31). On the following 8-days Baltimore to Bahamas cruise itinerary (Oct 31 – Nov 8) there were some problems with the ship’s water supply system. Incidents with the water running brown in cabins were reported and also bad vibrations and lower cruising speeds.

Pier collision accident

  • May 8, 2016, the CBS news media reported that while docking in home-port Baltimore MD (USA) the vessel crashed with the pier. It contacted a pier gangway (boarding bridge), causing it to fall (collapsed over 3 parked cars). No injuries were reported. At the time of the incident the gangway was not in use. The 3 affected vehicles belonged to port employees, and were empty. The ship sustained only minor damage and continued its itinerary program (7-day Bahamas cruise) as scheduled.
  • Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).

Technical incidents

  • February 4, 2007, the cruise vessel experienced problems with its propulsion system (portside Azipod unit) and steering system (hydraulic oil leakage in the gear room due to a broken pipe). The incident resulted in a highly reduced cruising speed (12 mph / 19 kph instead of 23 mph / 37 kph). The issue also resulted in a nearly full day late arrival in homeport Long Beach CA. The next cruise itinerary was changed from 7-days to a 6-days, with dropping the call port Puerto Vallarta Mexico and leaving from San Pedro CA instead of Long Beach. As compensations, all passengers received a 15% refund plus US$50 per person in onboard credit.
  • June 9, 2007, the ship experienced a propulsion system malfunction (its starboard Azipod unit failed) due to its motor’s control board malfunctioned. The problem was solved underway, not affecting the cruising speed (and the itinerary).
  • March 30, 2011, at ~5:45 pm, while docked in Port Canaveral, Florida for a day-long call port stay, the ship experienced from portside heavy winds exceeding 80 mph / 130 kph. Result was 8 of the mooring lines (4 fore and 4 aft) parted. This put all the strain on the remaining mooring lines attached to capstans. Overwhelmed, capstan brakes failed on most lines causing the vessel to drift off the pier. The officer in charge utilized  all propulsion units (2 bow thrusters, 2 Azipods), plus the starboard anchor in order to control the ship. Three tug boats were also assisting until the heavy wind subsided. The passenger gangway (telescopic bridge) was damaged. No injuries or pollution were reported. The incident occurred on a 7-day Florida Bahamas cruise from homeport Baltimore MD.
  • November 5, 2011, the kids club lounge “Circle C” (on deck 4) was flooded after high waves crashed over the ship’s bow, breaking one of the windows in the room. The sea water entered and flooded the kids play area. All the TVs and other electrical equipment were doused.
  • March 30, 2014, while on a 7-day Bahamas cruise from Baltimore, the ship experienced an electrical transformer malfunction. This mechanical issue resulted in a reduced cruising speed. Itinerary changes were done to next 3 itineraries (departures on March 30, April 6 and 13). The call port Freeport Bahamas was skipped as all repairs took place on the ship during those cruises. As compensation, all March 30 passengers were given US$50 in onboard credit plus 25% future Carnival cruise booking discount. Passengers on the other two sailings were compensated with 25% future Carnival cruise discount. Full refund was offered for those willing to cancel their bookings.
  • March 27, 206, propulsion issues (unspecified) resulted in reduced cruising speed and several hours late arrival back to Baltimore (on April 3). The accident occurred on a 7-day Bahamas cruise from Baltimore MD (round-trip itinerary March 27 – April 3). The propulsion problem also caused a major itinerary change for the next scheduled 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise from Baltimore (itinerary April 3 – 10). Two of the ports of call (Grand Turk, and the Carnival’s private island in Bahamas Half Moon Cay) were officially cancelled. The affected itinerary remained with two ports of call in Bahamas – Nassau (April 6) and Freeport (April 7), wit h2 additional sea days. As compensation, cruise passengers received 50% refund, 50% future Carnival cruise booking discount, plus USD 25 in OBC (onboard credit). All booked passengers were given the option to cancel with full refund. The option also included nonrefundable airfare.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • December 5, 2004, a 37-year-old female passenger was reported missing while the ship was ~30 ml / 50 km off the Mexican coast. She was presumed fell overboard. The search operation was unsuccessful in finding the body.
  • July 4, 2007, a 56-year-old male passenger was reported missing and presumed fell overboard. The ship was on a 7-days Mexican Riviera cruise itinerary from homeport Long Beach CA (July 1 to 8), with call ports Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo. The man (of US origin) was last seen at ~1 am. The conducted search and rescue found the body on July 10, off Puerto Vallarta Mexico coast.
  • May 1, 2010, a 71-year-old female passenger drowned during a sponsored by Carnival shore excursion in Freeport (Grand Bahama). The accident occurred at Deadman’s Reef (Paradise Cove). The woman (Carol Olson, from Baltimore MD) was participating in a 2 1/2 hours snorkeling excursion together with her husband and other (~70) tourists. Investigation showed the excursion was pretty overcrowded, including tourists from another excursion (previously cancelled due to weather conditions). A strong current and rough sea were also reported, causing injuries to some of the participants (cuts and bleeding). The woman (named Carol) was noticed by another passenger to be floating in the water. The tour boat’s crew pulled her out not breathing and unconscious. The boat’s crew was not CPR-trained, so other passengers tried to revive her. The boat had no working radio or any other communication equipment. After ~1 hour, a passenger got cellphone reception and called the ship. The CPR was done ~1 1/2 hours later. The woman was transported to a local hospital, where was pronounced dead.
  • March 26, 2012, a male passenger died from a cardiac arrest (heart attack). The man was Medevaced by USCG assets to a local hospital, where was declared deceased. Documentation showed a preexisting heart condition.
  • April 4, 2012, a 17-year-old male passenger died after an incident on a sponsored by Carnival shore excursion in Grand Turk. Departure was delayed by ~1 hour as the ship’s medical staff was ashore. The boy was traveling together with his family. He was diving with a group of 16 other cruise passengers and 2 local instructors. The boy was first treated at a local hospital, then flown to an US hospital where he died.
  • April 19, 2012, a female passenger died on the ship while it was docked in Half Moon Cay (private island, Bahamas). The woman just returned from an organized by Carnival Cruise Lines shore excursion (Snorkeling Tour) when suddenly collapsed suffering heart attack. The ship’s lifeguards performed CPR and carried her to the onboard hospital via stretcher.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • March 1, 2010, a male passenger sustained injury (fractured his left hip) in his cabin, He lost balance and fell on the floor. After docking at Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida), he was disembarked and transferred to the Cape Canaveral Hospital for surgery.
  • January 27, 2011, a male passenger with cardiac arrest was medevaced via USCG assets. The man (of Canadian origin) was transferred to Palm Beach Gardens Hospital for open-heart surgery.
  • February 11, 2013, while the ship was on a Bahamas cruise from Baltimore MD and transiting Chesapeake Bay, a female passenger (walking towards the Lobby from the casino) lost balance and fell backwards, fracturing her left hip. She was disembarked in Florida (Port Canaveral / Orlando) on Feb 13 and transported via ambulance.
  • July 21, 2014, a female passenger sustained injury (fractured left wrist) after she tripped and fell by the onboard photo shop.
  • March 27, 2015, a male passenger sustained injury (fractured left femur) in his cabin. While transiting from the cabin’s bathroom, he lost balance and fell. The next day when the ship returned in Baltimore, he was disembarked and transported to the Shock Trauma Center.
  • April 10, 2015, a female passenger sustained injury (fractured left knee cap) when she slipped on wet deck floor and fell on the Sun Deck (midship port side). She was disembarked in Bahamas (Freeport).
  • May 9, 2015, a 47-year-old male passenger was medevaced (airlifted) via USCG MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter dispatched from Elizabeth City NC. The man was flown to the Carteret General Hospital (Morehead City NC).
  • July 6, 2015, while the ship was ~200 ml (320 km) east of Wilmington NC, a 77-year-old female passenger suffered a stroke and had to be medevaced. An USCG helicopter (MH-60) arrived on the ship and hoisted her, along with a family member and a crew nurse. The woman was transported to Vidant Medical Center (Greenville NC). The medevac operation was assisted by an USCG HC-130 Hercules aircraft.
  • September 26, 2015, an 80-year-old female passenger was medevaced via an USCG helicopter. The woman was transported to the Morehead City’s Carteret General Urgent Care. The incident occurred at ~3:15 pm, while the ship was operating on a 7-days Florida and Bahamas cruise itinerary from homeport Baltimore MD (Sept 20-27) with call ports Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport.
  • December 24, 2016, a 72-year-old female passenger was medevaced by the USCG (Air Station Savannah crew) while the ship was approx 80 km (50 ml) east of Savannah (Georgia, USA). The elderly woman was suffering from acute pneumonia and reacting to the medical treatment at the ship’s infirmary. She was airlifted and transported via MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to the Memorial Hospital in Savannah.

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