Celebrity Millennium cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9189419, owned by the Celebrity Cruises line (a Royal Caribbean brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are ship grounding, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions.
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Celebrity Millennium accidents & incidents
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Ship grounding accident
- July 2, 2007, the ship operated in the Mediterranean Sea (Europe). Upon arriving in call port Villefranche-sur-Mer (France) the vessel drifted towards the shore shore and hit submerged rocks. Passengers reported a shudder at ~5 pm. On the next day (July 3) all passengers received a letter informing them that the the starboard propeller blades are damaged. The Villefranche departure was delayed by ~3 hours (~11 pm instead of 8 pm). The damage caused a hugely reduced cruising speed (13 mph / 20 kph instead of 25 mph / 41 kph). Due to the damaged propeller blades, the vessel was rocking (as vibrations). The next call port Livorno (to Florence & Pisa) was skipped and it continued straight to Civitavecchia (port to Rome) for repairs. The plan was partial repairs to be done in Civitavecchia, the remainder to be done in Naples. However, the new blades didn’t arrive on time, and eventually the ship spent 5 days in Rome (until Celebrity Cruises cancelled the voyage).
- Major itinerary changes were announced, with dropped call ports in Italy (Naples) and Greece (Santorini and Piraeus/Athens) replaced with Greece (Corfu) and Croatia (Dubrovnik). The ship was scheduled to arrive for disembarkation in Venice Italy on July 12.
- After spending 5 days in Civitavecchia, on July 7 the Captain officially announced the cruise cancellation. Passengers were offered to fly back home from Rome or from Venice (as originally scheduled). As compensation, they received full cruise refunds. The next scheduled itinerary (July 12 from Venice) was also cancelled. Booked passengers were full refunded and received a a future Celebrity cruise credit.
- Note: Most ship grounding accidents (when the marine vessel’s hull impacts the seabed) happen at lower cruising speeds, since the ships operate in known to be shallow waters. Such incidents usually result in stranding (with or without significant hull damages). However, if the hull is breached, the result would be flooding, which may compromise the vessel’s stability and safety. The well-known example for such a tragic accident is the Costa Concordia sinking after hitting a rock in January 2012.
- July 7, 2000, during the Inaugural season in Europe the ship operated on Baltic Sea cruises when engine problems and plumbing issues resulted in reduced cruising speed and an itinerary change (call port Stockholm Sweden was dropped). The vessel was moved to Germany for dry-dock repairs. The ship’s drydock lasted over a month (Nov 15 to Dec 17), with all the 4 scheduled itineraries being cancelled.
- January 24, 2001, the vessel entered again dry-dock for repairs (malfunctioning electric motor), resulting in 2 cancelled itineraries (April 1 and 8).
- July 16, 2003, propulsion system problems forced the cancellation of an 11-days Mediterranean itinerary (Barcelona to Venice). The ship entered drydock for the replacement of the portside Azipod’s bearing.
- March 8, 2006, the vessel was docked in call port Puerto Madryn (Argentina). At ~10 am, sudden gust of winds caused it to break the mooring lines. It drifted away from dock, causing the gangway (telescopic bridge) to collapse into the water. No injuries were reported. After the Captain unsuccessfully tried to dock again, the ship left port. All left ashore passengers were tendered back to the ship.
- November 17, 2006, a propulsion system issue (portside Azipod bearing) forced the ship to enter 1-week drydock (Dec 10 to 17) and to cancel the Dec 10 itinerary. Booked passengers received full refunds plus a free Celebrity cruise certificate (valued up to 7-nights).
- January 2, 2007, the vessel experienced propulsion problems resulting in reduced speeds (from 35 mph / 41 kph to 20 mph / 31 kph). The incident cased an itinerary change (Casa de Campo Dominican Republic was dropped). Repairs were done in the next call port San Juan Puerto Rico. However, after leaving San Juan and later St Thomas, the ship experienced again propulsion issues and was decided to skip Nassau Bahamas and return to homeport Port Everglades FL. As compensation, passengers received US$700 per cabin plus 25% future Celebrity cruise booking discount.
- March 9, 2009, propulsion issues (propeller shaft bearing) required the ship to enter drydock in Sydney Australia for repairs. The 14-days New Zealand cruise from Auckland NZ (March 15) was cancelled. Booked passengers received a full refund plus a future Celebrity cruise credit (the amount of the paid fare) and up to US$250 PP (for flights change fees). The ship returned to service on March 29 (departing from Auckland).
- Aug 16, 2013, the vessel experienced mechanical problems (propulsion problems with one of the 2 Azipod units) on its last 3 cruises in Alaska. On August 9, it arrived several hours late in call port Seward AK, remained there 3 full days for emergency repairs and cancelled all the remaining call ports on the itinerary. Due to these consistent mechanical failures, Celebrity Cruises took the ship out of service for repairs. The line cancelled all the remaining 7-day voyages (previously scheduled for August 23 and 30, and September 6 and 13), thus ending the ship’s 2013 Alaskan season early. The decision was made after the August 16 voyage was cancelled in call port Ketchikan AK. All passengers were flown back home. Those booked on the cancelled Alaskan itineraries received full refunds plus free Celebrity cruise certificates. The ship returned to service on September 22, with a Panama Canal transition cruise from San Diego CA to Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida. This incident cost the company ~US$13 million in lost revenue (or between US$2,5 and 3 million per day losses).
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- January 27, 2005, a 21-year-old male crew died after a hydraulic door crushed him. The accident forced the ship to return to call port Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas, USVI) shortly after leaving it.
- March 23, 2006, 12 passengers died and 2 were injured on a sponsored by Celebrity Cruises shore excursion in Arica, Chile. The accident happened at ~4:30 pm, when their tour bus fell off a steep cliff. Injured passengers were transported to a local hospital. The line flew all family members of the killed and injured passengers to Santiago, Chile. The ship was in day 4 of a 14-nights cruise leaving from Valparaiso (port to Santiago) to Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida.
- February 20, 2008, a 65-year-old male passenger died on a sponsored by Celebrity Cruises snorkeling excursion in Virgin Gorda (BVI). The man was snorkeling at Savannah Bay together with his wife and others passengers from the ship. After ~30 min of snorkeling, he reported being tired and decided to return to the beach. While still in the water, he started to experience breathing difficulties and chest pains. An ambulance transported him to the Iris O’Neal Clinic, where he lost consciousness and soon after died.
- May 4, 2011, a 63-year-old female passenger jumped overboard. The accident happened somewhere between call port Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) and homeport San Diego CA. She was reported missing during the disembarkation in San Diego. CCTV video showed the woman jumping overboard. The conducted by USCG search didn’t find the body.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- November 2, 2002, two male were arrested and charged with sexual assault and battering a female female crew (working on the ship as youth counselor). The woman filed a lawsuit against Celebrity Cruises in December 2002.
- July 12, 2015, a 40-year-old male crew (from Honduras) was accidentally caught while sexually attacking a 26-year-old female crew (of Canadian origin). The incident occurred at ~2:30 am when the ship was en-route to Juneau Alaska. The woman had left the crew lounge and was walking back to her cabin alone when an unfamiliar man grabbed her from behind, covered her mouth, groped her and attempted to rape her. Meanwhile, a fellow crew (working as a comedian on the ship) had left his cabin and was going to the infirmary for Ibuprofen. He heard the woman screaming behind a door leading to a stairwell. When opened the door, he startled the man, who immediately released the victim from his grip. The man (Eduar Klay Moran Bonilla) was arrested in Juneau AK, charged with “sexual attack” and indicted on “second degree sexual assault”. On January 30, 2017 (law news) he was sentenced to 5 years in jail.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- August 22, 2007, the Celebrity cruise line reported 176 passengers (out of 2242, or 8%) and 22 crew (out of 957, or 2%) affected by a Noro virus outbreak on the 12-nights Mediterranean voyage from Barcelona Spain.
- February-March 2010, CDC reported on the voyage Feb 22 to March 5, a major Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 157 passengers (out of 2020, or 7,8%) and 23 crew (out of 938, or 2,4%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on a 12-days Southern Caribbean visiting Curacao and Puerto Rico.
- May 2011, CDC reported on voyage May 20 to 27, a Noro virus outbreak affected 104 passengers (out of 2058, or 5,1%) and 9 crew (out of 921, or 1%). The ship was on a 7-day Alaskan cruise from homeport Vancouver BC.
- April-May 2013, CDC reported on voyage Apr 25 to May 10, a Norovirus outbreak affected 123 passengers (out of 1963, or 6,3%) and 16 crew (out of 935, or 1,7%). The ship was operating in Alaska from Vancouver to Seward AK.
- 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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