Carnival Spirit

Carnival Spirit
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Carnival Spirit cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9188647, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. Among the unfortunate events at sea are Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), fire, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Carnival Spirit position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 85,900-ton 2150-passenger Carnival cruise ship Spirit was built in 2001 by the
Kvaerner-Masa shipbuilding company in Finland.

Carnival Spirit accidents & incidents

Carnival Spirit accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the Carnival Spirit 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 Spirit 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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Fire incident

  • December 30, 2012, at 6:18 pm, a fire broke out in the female sauna room. The ship was en-route to Sydney from Vanuatu (Mystery Island). The automatic fire detectors activated, alerting the crew. The fire was contained within the sauna. The room’s water sprinkler system didn’t activate, so the fire had to be extinguished manually. Investigation concluded the fire was caused by improper placement of the wooden floor grate (on top of the frame work that surrounds the heating element). The water-sprinkler system’s check revealed the valve was blocked in closed position and heavily corroded.

Tecnical incidents

  • April 28, 2002, the cruise was shorted (12-days to 9-day) due to problems with the air-conditioning system.
  • May 3, 2002, the cruise was canceled for ship repairs.
  • June 7, 2005, soon after the ship left homeport Vancouver BC, it experienced propulsion problems causing a reduced cruising speed. Major itinerary changes were made – skipping 3 ports of call (Prince William Sound. Sitka, College Fjord) and shortening the Ketchikan port stay. The incident report said the ship’s starboard propeller was bent badly after hitting an ice block. In call port Juneau AK, divers were engaged to fix the problem. As compensation, passengers received only US$50 in onboard credit.
  • August 7, 2010, while the ship was on autopilot, a propulsion unit malfunctioned and the vessel had to be steered manually. The incident occurred at ~4:30 pm, when the portside Azipod (propulsion unit) made a 50-degree angle change instead of the commanded by the computer 10-degrees. The unit was taken offline manually. For the rest of the Alaskan cruise, the ship was operated manually. The problem was fixed while the ship was docked in homeport Seattle WA.
  • August 21, 2010, the ship was charged with pollution in Alaska. Its discharged wastewater exceeded the ammonia and copper levels allowed by the wastewater quality standards for Alaska.
  • September 5, 2015 (law news), a class action lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines was filed by a group of Carnival Spirit passengers over a major Australian cruise itinerary change. The news is related to the 8-nights Carnival Spirit Australia cruise from homeport Sydney (March 10 to 18, 2015). The roundtrip itinerary had scheduled visits in the New Caledonia’s call ports Emerald Bay, Isle of Pines and Noumea. On March 10th, the ship departed at ~7 am, but just 3 hours later diverted from its original itinerary course, making an u-turn and heading toward new call ports – Melbourne Australia and Hobart Tasmania. The Captain’s decision was based on the Cyclone Pam’s progress. The Cyclone Pam (2015, March 6 to 22) was rated one of the worst natural disasters in the Southern Pacific Ocean. The lawsuit (for “misleading conduct”) was filed in Melbourne by the local law firm Arnold Thomas & Becker. It claimed that the shipowner ought to have known about the region’s weather conditions. One of the major issues was that many of the passengers were actually from Melbourne and Tasmania, who flew to Sydney to embark on the voyage. Over 400 pax disembarked the ship in the first call port Melbourne. The Carnival line originally announced that passengers will not be compensated, but later offered each AU$150 in onboard credit, plus a 50% future Carnival cruise booking discount. Over 300 Carnival Spirit cruise passengers filed for class action.
  • October 13, 2015, the ship developed a propulsion system problem which resulted in reduced cruising speed and an ~9 hours delayed arrival in homeport Sydney Australia.(Oct 14). The incident occurred on a 8-days Sydney roundtrip cruise itinerary to New Caledonia (Oct 6 to 14) with call ports Noumea, Isle of Pines, Mare. The late Sydney arrival also delayed the next scheduled departure (9-days New Caledonia, Oct 14 to 23). As compensation, all boarding passengers on the next cruise received AU$ 100 per person in onboard credit.
  • March 2, 2016, the cruise ship hosted the Theodor Seuss Geisel’s (Dr Seuss author’s) 112th birthday celebrations. The liner was docked at Circular Quay (Sydney, Australia).
  • October 4, 2016, en-route to Isle of Pines (New Caledonia) from Sydney NSW Australia (approx 520 km / 320 ml northeast from Sydney), the ship responded to a superyacht distress call and rescued the yacht’s 2 female passengers. The incident occurred around 5 am and involved the luxury yacht “Masteka 2” (3-deck, length 37 m / 121 ft, capacity 12 pax). The yacht had lost its steering and was taking on water. The remaining 4 male crew stayed on the yacht and got the leak secured after 2 pumps were delivered by air. The superyacht (rental cost AUD 3000 an hour) was tugged to Sydney (operation started on Oct 5). The rescued women were disembarked in Noumea on Oct 9.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • April 27, 2012, a male passenger died from natural causes.
  • May 9, 2013, the ship was at the end of a 10-day roundtrip Pacific Islands itinerary from Sydney (departure April 29, ports of call – Vila, Lifou, Noumea, Mare). A 30-year-old male passenger (Paul Rossington) and a 26-year-old female passenger (Kristen Schroder) were reported missing upon the return to Sydney, Australia. Both passengers were from New South Wales, Australia. A massive air and sea search and rescue operation was launched off the Australian coastline. The operation was conducted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, and included a aeroplane, a Westpac helicopter, numerous police boats. The search area was ~300 nm2 (nautical miles / ~350 sq miles). The missing passengers were last seen on the ship’s surveillance cam footage. It showed them falling from mid deck on Wednesday night on May 8 (~ 8:50 PM). During that time, the ship was ~75 ml (120 km) off the coast of Forster (~185 ml / 300 km north of Sydney AU). Enhanced footage from the ship cam showed the woman jumped first, followed ~20 seconds later by her boyfriend, probably trying to save her.
  • July 7, 2014, a male crew was discovered missing and presumed fell overboard. The man vanished in the South Pacific near the island of Vanuatu.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • April 17, 2012, a 28-year-old male passenger jumped overboard, but was rescued alive. The ship was on a 15-night repositioning cruise en-route to Hawaii from Sydney, Australia.
  • August 9, 2012, a male passenger sustained injury (fractured left ankle and right hand) after slipping and falling down 2 stairs.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • January-February 2003, CDC reported on voyage Jan 27 to Feb 4, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 102 passengers (out of 2143, or 4,8%) and 10 crew (out of 902, or 1%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship operated on a 7-days Caribbean itinerary roundtrip from homeport Miami Florida.
  • June 2007, CDC reported on voyage Jun 13 to 20, a Noro virus outbreak affected 116 passengers (out of 2205, or 5,3%) and 8 crew (out of 931, or 0,9%).
  • 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.

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