Carnival Victory cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9172648, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, collision, listing, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), drug smuggling, shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions.
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Carnival Victory accidents & incidents
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- March 31, 2016, at ~ 3 am the ship suffered a small fire on service deck 1 (in a electrical power station). The fire was quickly extinquished. No injuries or serious damages were reported. During the accident, the ship was very close to Port Canaveral ending a 4-day Bahamas cruise (itinerary March 27-31) round-trip to Nassau.
Pier collision accidents
- September 24, 2000, upon leaving homeport New York (Manhattan), the vessel’s stern collided with a pier, crushing a portion of it.
- August 2, 2007, while maneuvering for docking in homeport NYC New York (Manhattan), the vessel struck a pier. The incident caused closure of the 12th Avenue and backups on Henry Hudson Parkway. No injuries were reported. The ship was returning from a roundtrip 4-day Canada cruise to Saint John NB.
- Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).
- February 10, 2003, one of the vessel’s stabilizers malfunctioned, causing a 5 degree listing (tilt). No injuries were reported.
- June 14, 2005, the shipowner Carnival Corporation was fined US$65000 because the company didn’t provided the USCG with the names lists (passengers and crew) and the ship’s ports of call list. Because of this incident, two Carnival ships (Victory and Carnival Glory) were also not allowed to dock in the call ports Charlotte Amalie St Thomas and San Juan Puerto Rico. The operator Carnival Cruise Lines blamed the issue on a “computer glitch”.
- December 12, 2006, the ship experienced propulsion problems with one of its motor drives. The incident was caused by a fault in the motor’s circuit (tripped busbar). The breaker was replaced.
- August 18, 2008, the vessel experienced a propulsion system issue. Its aft thruster unit (number 3) failed. The ship operates with all six thrusters – 3 fore and 3 aft. The incident occurred when the ship was docked in Manhattan (Pier 88, NYC New York). Engineering crew was sent to fix the problem underway, since the vessel can operate normally even without the failed unit.
- January 17, 2010, an UPS battery charger failed affecting the ship’s emergency lighting. The incident happened during the vessel’s monthly emergency testing. The equipment didn’t provided the 30 min back-up power as required by the international SOLAS regulations. Two Printed Circuit Boards were replaced from the UPS charger.
- January 13, 2013, on a 7-days roundtrip cruise itinerary from homeport Puerto Rico, departure was delayed by almost a day due to mechanical failure. According to the official announcement, the delay was due to “scheduled maintenance” that took longer than anticipated. In reality, the inconvenience was caused by a propulsion system issue that affected the ship’s cruising speed. All other systems were operational. As compensation, all passengers received US$50 per person in onboard credit. The propulsion problem was fixed in the itinerary’s first call port St Thomas (USVI), where the ship arrived ~10 hours late.
- March 28, 2013, while docked in Miami, the ship’s emergency (backup) generator failed during its weekly-done test. To fix the problem, they added a backup battery and an engineer on standby in the room to monitor the equipment during port maneuvers. On April 1 the ship received a new gearwheel and the crew replaced the damaged one.
- September 2017, two cruises from Miami (itineraries September 8-11 / 3-day to Nassau, and September 11-15 / 4-day to Key West and Cozumel) were cancelled due to hurricane Irma. All bookings received full refunds. All booked shore excursions were fully refunded.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- April 22, 2008, a 44-year-old male passenger was reported missing by his wife. He was presumed fell overboard, at ~40 ml / 65 km northeast of Cozumel Mexico. The ship conducted a search and rescue operation, later joined by USCG assets sent from Clearwater Florida. The man was last seen at the ship’s casino. His body was never found.
- July 12, 2010, a 14-year-old female passenger was killed ashore in St Thomas (USVI). The accident happened on a sponsored by Carnival shore excursion to Coki Point Beach, when the open-air safari tour bus was caught in crossfire between warring local gangsters. The girl, a local resident (Shaheel Joseph, aged 18) and one of the gunmen were killed, while a second passenger sustained minor injuries. The shooting incident caused the line to cancel all tours in the area. The murdered girl (Liz Marie Perez Chaparro, of Puerto Rican origin) was touring ashore together with her family. On April 21, 2011 (law news), a 22-year-old St Thomas resident (charged with her killing) was convicted and found guilty on 2 counts of murder.
- October 13, 2013, a 6-year-old male passenger drowned in the Triton’s Pool (on Lido Deck 9). The boy’s body was found submerged, next to his brother (aged 10). Crew’s attempts to resuscitate the boy were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene. When the accident occurred, the ship was docked in call port Cozumel Mexico, while the ship was operating on a 4-days Mexico cruise itinerary from Miami FL. The Lido pool “Triton’s” is the ship’s main swimming pool filled with salt water. It is flanked by 2 whirlpools, and located in front of the “Seaside Theater” (outdoor movie screen). The drowned boy (Qwentyn Hunter) was from Winter Garden Florida (USA). Passengers by the pool saw the body motionless under water. The ship’s DJ first saw it, then a passenger helped him to take it out of the pool. The medical staff and dispatched from Miami paramedic crew tried for over 30 min to revive the kid. On October 12, 2016 (law news) the Hunter family filed a lawsuit against Carnival Corporation, claiming the company acted negligently in not providing lifeguards by the onboard swimming pools, and also for failing to provide adequate medical care.
- November 3, 2015, a 51-year-old female passenger died ashore during a Grand Turk snorkeling excursion. The incident occurred while the ship was operating on a 5-days Eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary from homeport Miami (Oct 31 – Nov 5) with call ports Amber Cove (Dominican Republic) and Grand Turk (Turks & Caicos islands).
- March 22, 2017, a 23-years-old male passenger was reported fell overboard. The man (Brandon Paul, from Floral City Florida) fell from the ship’s Verandah Deck 8. The accident occurred at ~3 am, while the cruise ship was approx 33 ml (53 km) northwest of Cuba (Pinar Del Rio). After making an 180-degree turn, the ship lowered a lifeboat and started a search operation. The USCG dispatched an airplane from Miami and also diverted to the location the US cutter Sexton. The Cuban government also assisted in the search. The 16-hours search covered approx 3470 ml2 (9000 km2) but the man’s body was never found. The ship was on 4-day Western Caribbea cruise (itinerary March 20-24) roundtrip Miami to Key West FL and Cozumel Mexico. As result of the ship’s involvement in the “search and rescue”, the itinerary had to be changed, with Cozumel dropped. As compensation, all passengers received 20% future Carnival cruise booking discount.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- May 13, 2004, disembarkation in Grand Cayman was delayed due to a false bomb threat. The ship search didn’t find any explosives. The crime was traced to an inebriated female passenger, who was arrested and taken into custody by local authorities, and later sent back to the USA.
- November 17, 2007, a crew fell overboard at ~3 am but was rescued alive. The man worked as musician on the ship. The incident happened during the second leg of a 7-days Eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary when the ship was en-route to homeport Miami FL.
- November 27, 2007, a 12-year-old female passenger was sexually assaulted by a 23-year-old male passenger. The incident occurred at ~1:30 am. After the rape, the minor girl was left drunk and semiconscious in a hallway. According to her grandmother, she was approached the day before by the same man and offered alcohol. When she refused the offer, the man threatened her boyfriend to throw him overboard.
- February 4, 2008, a female passenger reported being raped by a male passenger. The incident occurred in a bathroom at the ship’s disco nightclub (deck 5). The man was later identified in a photo lineup and arrested. A lawsuit for sexual assault was filed.
- November 7, 2008, two passengers were robbed in Tortola (BVI) on a Long Bay Beach taxi tour. The incident occurred at ~4:30 pm, when a armed Rastafarian man demanded money at gunpoint. After stripping them of all money and valuables, the robber escaped but was later arrested.
- There are several filed reports on battery (verbal and physical fights) on the ship in 2013 October and November.
- January 23, 2013, a 28-year-old female passenger was allegedly raped (brutally and repeatedly) in a crew cabin by 2 “upper level” Carnival employees. After the woman reported the incident to the ship’s security, both men insisted it was a consensual sex. The woman admitted she drank a lot that night and didn’t remember how she got in the crew cabin. On February 22, 2014 (law news) she filed a lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines asserting claims of negligence and liability for the criminal conducts of its employees. The investigation showed she was drinking with her friends at the ship’s disco nightclub (Club Arctic, on Promenade Deck 5) accompanied by Carnival officers and crew. Being small framed (weighing 118 pounds / 54 kg) she was heavily intoxicated after being served with 2 margaritas, 1 Mojito and 3 double vodkas.
- September 14, 2015, an young female passenger sustained a serious head concussion after falling on the ship. The woman (Christina Ricci, of New England-Canadian origin) was traveling together with her boyfriend. The incident occurred on embarkation day, while the ship was operating on a 5-days Eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary (Sept 14 to 19) from homeport Miami Florida with call ports Ocho Rios Jamaica and Grand Cayman. During the fall she hit her head hard, but was medevaced after ~8 hours. During that time she suffered several strokes. Doctors said she may end up partially paralyzed and never walk again.
- September 1, 2016, a 33-year-old male crew with appendix pain was medevaced by USCG just 1 ml (1,6 km) east of Port Canaveral FL.Via response boat the man was transferred to EMS personnel and transported to Cape Canaveral Hospital. The vessel was on a 3-day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral to Nassau (itinerary Sept 1-4).
Drug smuggling incidents
- September 25, 2011, a 27-year-old male passenger was arrested in St Kitts and charged with drug trafficking. The drugs (~1,700 gr of cocaine) were found inside a backpack he was carrying. The man (Carl Peterkin, of US origin) was traveling together with his brother (aged 23) who was also arrested on charges for conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the USA. The incident occurred during a random passengers inspection upon boarding in St Kitts.
- April 23, 2012, two passengers (a male and a female) were arrested on the ship and charged for drug possession. When the ship was docked in St Kitts, cannabis was found during a cabin search conducted by the ship’s security staff and the St Kitts Customs. Both were arrested by local police. After pleading guilty, they were sentenced to pay fines (~US$300 each) or to 30 days in jail. After paying fines they were allowed to board the ship.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- April 2006, unofficially was reported that on voyage March 26 to April 2, a major Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected over 200 passengers. All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on a 7-days Eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary from homeport Miami FL. No CDC illness report was issued.
- 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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