Celebrity Constellation cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9192399, owned by the Celebrity Cruises line (a Royal Caribbean brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions.
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Celebrity Constellation accidents & incidents
At the Celebrity Constellation CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Celebrity cruise 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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- May 5, 2002, the vessel’s delivery by the French shipbuilder was delayed due to a propulsion system issue (oil leakage in the starboard Azipod unit). The incident also caused an Inaugural cruise cancellation.
- December 15, 2013, engine problems (with one of the vessel’s gas turbines) resulted in a prolonged stay in call port Key West Florida (an extra day) and itinerary changes. The scheduled call port Cozumel Mexico was replaced by a day at sea followed by 1-day stay Nassau Bahamas.
- February 9, 2014, the ship experienced a power loss incident while docked in call port Key West FL. The power failure lasted for ~90 min. During the incident, the ship’s backup systems supported all the critical systems on board.
- (itinerary changes) For the whole 2016, Celebrity Cruises cancelled the Constellation ship’s visits (with an overnight stay) to call port Istanbul Turkey. The changes were due to the Salipazari Port (Galataport) construction project. The development of the Istanbul’s cruise port Galataport will be completed sometime in the 2018’s last quarter. This means that the Celebrity Cruises Constellation itinerary program 2017-2018 for the Eastern Mediterranean could be also affected.
- May 26, 2017, due to propulsion problems, the ship’s departure from Port Barcelona (Spain) was delayed by 2 days. The problem was caused by the newly upgraded software that controls the ship’s propulsion system. These problems started soon after the vessel left the scheduled 2-week drydock in Marseilles (France). Because of the accident, the cruise ship had to change its scheduled itinerary, replacing call ports Monte Carlo (Monaco) and Villefranche-sur-Mer (Nice, France) with Genoa (Italy). The cruise ship left Barcelona on May 28, 2017.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- January 4, 2008, a female passeger (of Canadian origin) died during a sponsored by Celebrity Cruises shore excursion in Philipsburg, St Maarten. The woman was on a diving excursion to Proselyte Reef (near Great Bay Harbour). Being a certified diver, soon after descending she indicated she doesn’t feel well and wanted to surface. She was taken into the dive boat by the tour guide and her husband, but shortly after became very unwell. A crew went to bring her water and when he came back he found her lying on the floor, foaming through her mouth and nose. CPR was performed immediately, then the woman was brought ashore where was pronounced dead.
- February 18, 2008, a 28-year-old crew fell overboard. The man (of Chinese origin) was last seen at ~5 am, and was reported missing when he failed to show up for muster drill. The accident occurred when the ship was approaching homeport Port Everglades (Ft Lauderdale) Florida. The conducted search was unsuccessful in finding the body.
- March 10, 2011, a male crew was reported missing and presumed fell overboard. The man (of Indian origin) worked for 19 years for the company. The conducted search and rescue operation didn’t find the body.
- January 29, 2014, a 45-year-old male crew fell overboard. The man (of Indonesian origin) worked on the ship as a cook. He was reported missing at ~2:30 am, when the ship was on the second leg of a 5-day Western Caribbean cruise and en-route to homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) from Cozumel Mexico.
- February 2, 2015, a 66-year-old male passenger was reported missing and presumed fell overboard. The man was last seen on a CCTV camera at ~3:30 am, when the ship was !25 ml / 40 km south of the Summerland Key island (Florida Keys, east of Key West FL). The conducted search operation didn’t find the body.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- January 4, 2011, a 31-year-old crew was arrested and charged with child-pornography. The man worked on the ship as entertainment performer. FBI found on his personal computer ~450 photographs and ~250 videos containing child pornography, with 44 different minors involved.
- May 31, 2016, an Italian news media reported a 31 year-old male crew was arrested in Salerno (Italy) and charged with attempted murder. The man (of Jamaican origin) was employed on the ship as a cook. He attacked with a “big knife” a co-worker (38 year-old head chef, of Indian origin), stabbing him in the stomach. The accident resulted in serious injuries that required emergency treatment at a local hospital. The stabbed man was in a critical condition. The perpetrator started his shift at 5 am, reportedly in a state of alcohol intoxication. According to maritime law, crew on crew attack with a dangerous weapon renders the vessel “unseaworthy”. Such a crime also creates strict liability on behalf of Celebrity Cruises as employer.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- November 2002, on a Transatlantic repositioning cruise from Europe to Florida (Barcelona Spain to homeport Port Everglades), a total of 134 people suffered from the gastrointestinal / GI illness Norovirus.
- October 2006, CDC reported on voyage Oct 10 to 27, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 65 passengers (out of 1955, or 3,3%) and 1 crew (out of 978, or 0,1%). On the next scheduled voyage (Oct 27 to Nov 79), another Noro virus outbreak affected 72 passengers (out of 1776, or 4,1%) and 13 crew (out of 967, or 1,3%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea), and were quarantined to their cabins.
- November 2008, on a 10-days voyage round-trip from homeport Fort Lauderdale, the ship reported a total of 63 people (62 passengers, 1 crew) suffering the Noro virus symptoms.
- May-June 2010, the line reported a Norovirus outbreak affecting 164 passengers and 29 crew. The ship operated in Europe on Baltic Sea cruises to Scandinavia and Russia leaving from homeport Amsterdam. The next scheduled sailing (June 9 to 21) was delayed for cleaning and sanitizing.
- January-February 2012, CDC reported on the voyage Jan 28 to Feb 11, the Noro virus affected a total of 102 passengers (out of 1992, or 5,1%) and 12 crew (out of 946, or 1,3%).
- November 2012, an UK news media reported a major Noro virus outbreak on a 12-nights Baltic cruise. When the ship returned to Southampton, England, over 350 people (passengers and crew) were suffering from nausea and vomiting. The next cruise embarkation (on Nov 6) was delayed several hours delayed due to ship sanitation procedures. The illness outbreak was not reported to CDC because thre were no US ports along the itinerary.
- September-October 2013, on a Black Sea cruise in Europe (voyage Sept 25 to Oct 7), the line reported a Noro virus illness outbreak affecting over 300 people (~4,5% of all passengers and ~3,5% of all crew).
- 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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