Carnival Splendor

Carnival Splendor
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Carnival Splendor cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9333163, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, collisions, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Carnival Splendor position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 113,300-ton 3000-passenger Carnival cruise ship Splendor was built in 2008 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

Carnival Splendor accidents & incidents

Carnival Splendor accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the Carnival Splendor 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 accident

  • November 8, 2010, the vessel was on a scheduled 7-day Mexico Riviera cruise itinerary from homeport Long Beach CA, with call ports Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. On the second day at ~6 am the ship experienced an engine room fire accident, resulting in a total electrical power loss. Even when the fire was extinguished ~10 hours later, the power was not restored. The incident occurred when the vessel was in open sea ~150 ml / 240 km south of San Diego and ~55 ml 90 km west of Punta San Jacinto (Baja Mexico).
  • According to the line’s official statement, the fire was caused by “crankcase split”. No injuries were reported among all 3299 passengers and 1167 crew on board. Because engineering crew was incapable to restore the power, the voyage was cancelled and the vessel had to be towed by a tugboat to San Diego.
  • The lost of power also caused the air-conditioning and refrigeration systems on the ship to become inoperational. USCG assets were deployed in the region. Passengers were fed rations with food and bottled water provided from the US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan via navy helicopters. The Splendor ship was escorted to San Diego by a USCG Cutter vessel Morgenthau. Towed, the ship arrived in San Diego CA on November 11 (in the morning).
  • The power loss incident was under investigation. The ship operates using three 12-cylinder Wartsila diesel generators (model 12V46C) located in the aft engine room, plus another three generator sets located in the forward engine room. Each generator connects to 2 switchboards. Normally, a single engine/generator failure shouldn’t affect the ship’s total power output.
  • Carnival Cruise Lines fully refunded all passengers, adding free Carnival cruise voucher of equal value and reimbursement for all their travel expenses.
  • The Carnival cruise ship returned to service on February 20, 2011.

Pier collision accident

  • December 17, 2009, upon berthing in Puerto Vallarta (port of call, Mexico Riviera) the ship hit a pier at ~7:40 am. The vessel was maneuvering in the harbor, when its stern struck the tender pier. All local authorities were notified. The ship remained docked there overnight to complete all necessary repairs. The pier collision incident caused itinerary change – the scheduled call port Matazlan was dropped, proceeding directly to the next Mexican port Cabo San Lucas.
  • Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).

Ship collision accident

  • November 25, 2009, while maneuvering for docking in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Splendor hit the already docked Royal Caribbean ship Radiance of the Seas. Both vessels were examined and deemed seaworthy. After the ship collision incident, for unknown reasons the Radiance’s Captain was replaced by another Captain.

Technical incidents

  • February 18, 2010, at ~7 am, the ship was entering into call port Mazatlan when suddenly turned and listed sharply to portside. In the evening after departure, the Captain explained the listing incident via the PA system. Due to bad weather (heavy rain and rough seas) the radar missed several small boats and yachts in front. In the last minute officers have spotted the vessels by eye and to avoid collision, they turned the ship sharply. The listing incident caused many interior damages, including to furniture in lounges and cruise cabins, also flooded by swimming pools waters public areas, lots of broken glassware and dishes.
  • January 13, 2011, the ship was towed to San Francisco for a week-long drydock repairs.
  • January 1, 2013, the 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise from homeport Los Angeles departure was delayed by a full day. The inconvenience was due to propulsion system (shafts) repairs, which took longer than anticipated. On the previous Mexico itinerary, the vessel required repairs after experiencing an incident with underwater fishing nets. The scheduled itinerary was shortened by 1 day. The call port Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was dropped, and the ship visited only Cabo San Lucas (overnight /2-days stay). As compensation, all passengers received a 1-day prorated (partial) refund, US$50 PP in onboard credit, refund of the Gov taxes / port fees difference and gratuity adjustment. Also refunded were all pre-purchased shore excursions in Puerto Vallarta. Passengers with booked airfare were reimbursed with up to US$200 for flight changes fees. Passengers were offered also cancellation without penalty, or switching to another departure date.
  • March 2, 2017, the vessel experienced technical issues (reportedly engine failure) affecting its max cruising speed. The accident resulted in itinerary changes – the remaining ports of calls (St Thomas USVI, and Amber Cove Dominican Republic) were cancelled, allowing return to the turnaround port Miami on schedule. As compensation, all passengers received USD 100 pp in onboard credit plus 25% future Carnival cruise booking discount. The ship was operating on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Feb 26 – Mar 5) roundtrip from Miami to Grand Turk Island, Puerto Rico (San Juan), St Thomas Island, and Amber Cove.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • March 5, 2010, the ship was on a 18-day Around South America cruise from Valparaiso (Santiago) to San Francisco (starting March 3 to 21). On the second day, a 62-year-old male passenger jumped overboard off the Chilean coast. The man was last seen at ~4:30 am. He was reported missing by his wife at ~9:30 am after she found a suicide note. Local authorities were notified. The ship returned back and conducted a search and rescue operation, but the body was never found.
  • November 13, 2010, at ~1 am, a male crew jumped overboard. The conducted search operation failed to find the body.
  • December 23, 2013, a 21-year-old male crew died on the ship while it was docked in Port Canaveral, Florida. Report says the deceased became sick immediately after boarding the ship 5 days prior the death. After joining the ship’s crew on Dec 6, he was being seen several times by the ship’s med staff. Body autopsy revealed the death was caused by Bronchopneumonia (pre-existing medical condition).
  • September 7, 2014, a male passenger died on the ship while it was en-route to Boston from New York. Death was pronounced from natural causes.
  • November 23, 2015, unofficially was reported that a violent incident happened at the Gold Pearl restaurant (dining room on Lobby Deck 3). A domestic fight between spouses started at ~8:15 pm during dinner. Reportedly, the woman threw a drink at her husband, then he retaliated and threw his drink at her. The they started to throw plates and glassware at each other. The galley staff and many passengers started running or hiding under the tables. At this point, the woman’s 3 brothers got involved in the fight, beating and stabbing the husband. He took a broken plate and cut the throat of one of them, causing him to bleed terribly. The ship’s security responded to the incident after some 10-15 min. Reportedly, the injured brother died at the infirmary in the morning. All the rest involved in the fight were arrested and confined.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • March 27, 2011, during the 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise from homeport Long Beach CA, a medical emergency forced the ship to return. A 12-year-old male passenger sustained injury (fractured leg) and was disembarked together with his family. The incident caused an itinerary change (the call port Mazatlan was dropped) but also the ship stayed only 1 day in Cabo San Lucas instead the scheduled overnight (2-days).
  • February 23, 2012, while the ship was docked in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 22 passengers on an sponsored by Carnival shore excursion were robbed by armed men wearing masks. Investigation report said passengers were returning to the ship from a guided excursion to El Nogalito, when at ~5 pm masked men stopped the tour bus and robbed them at gunpoint. They lost all their documents and valuables. The robbery went without a shot fired and without injuries among the passengers and the tour staff.
  • September 22, 2014, a male passenger sustained injury (left Achilles tendon rupture) when slipped on stairs.
  • October 8, 2016, a 2-year-old kid nearly drowned on the ship while docked in Miami. The little boy was stabilized by the ship’s paramedics and transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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