Celebrity Solstice cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9362530, 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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Meyer Werft shipbuilding company in Germany.
Celebrity Solstice accidents & incidents
At the Celebrity Solstice 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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- Fortunately, no such incidents were reported so far.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- November 6, 2009, a female crew jumped overboard in a suicide attempt (intentionally) in the water from top deck 14. The conducted by USCG search operation lasted for ~10 hours, but was unsuccessful in finding the body. The ship was on a Mediterranean itinerary and en-route to call port Naples Italy.
- November 22, 2016, two deaths were reported in New Zealand during excursions ashore. The first accident happened at ~11.30 am in Waikato, on Highway 29 near Te Poi. This was a head-on crash of a Mazda car with a tourist bus (full with Celebrity Solstice passengers), in which, unfortunately, the car driver died. No dead or injured passengers were reported. At ~12 noon, a 71-year-old female cruise passenger died in an accident during cycling tour in Tauranga. The elderly woman (Carol Ann MacMillan, of US origin) was hit by a truck at the intersection Te Awanui Drive and Mirrielees Road. During both accidents, the Solstice ship was docked overnight in Tauranga (Bay of Plenty).
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- September 18, 2010, a 65-year-old male passenger jumped overboard (intentionally) from deck 5 in the water, but was rescued alive. The incident occurred at ~1:30 am, and after ~1 hour he was located and pulled out of the water. Since the saved man was fighting the crew, he was handcuffed and expelled from the ship in the next call port Roatan (Honduras). The investigation report said he had a quarrel with his wife during the themed dance party at the Sky Lounge & Bar (forward location on deck 5). At ~1:30 am, he removed most of his clothes and jumped off into the sea. Luckally, some of the crew saw the incident, threw a flashing buoy to mark the location and reported code Oscar (“man overboard”). The ship launched 2 life boats. Curiously enough, the man didn’t want to be rescued and became belligerent toward the crew.
- February 25, 2013, a 22-year-old male crew suffered a cardiac problem and had to be medevaced via a helicopter. The ship was off the Arnhem Land coast (Northern Australia).
- March 11, 2013, the ship left call port Port Chalmers (Dunedin, New Zealand) at ~7 pm with a missing male passenger. The man left some personal items in his cabins, including passport. Local police was notified about the incident. Later, he boarded the ship in call port Akaroa (South Island, New Zealand).
- October 26, 2014, on a 3-night “Cruise to Nowhere” from Sydney Australia, an inebriated passenger deployed a liferaft canister (inflatable capsule), forcing the ship to turn around to retrieve it.
- July 14, 2015 (law news), a lawsuit was filed against the Celebrity Cruises company. The line was charged with ADA violation (“Americans with Disabilities Act”) for not allowing a quadriplegic male passenger (Matthew Hendrick) to join a sponsored by the line Hawaiian shore excursion (voyage Apr 20 to May 1). The lawsuit was filed in a federal court in Miami FL. The disabled man tried to board a tender to go ashore but the crew didn’t allow. The man said his booking was assisted by the line’s disability specialist. He paid US$9000 for a double occupancy stateroom, and was traveling together with a companion. The line offered him 2 free cruise vouchers (usable in the next 2 years), but he insisted not to return to its vessels until their tender boats are wheelchair-accessible.
- March 29, 2016, a male passenger was evicted from the ship and offloaded on Isle of Pines (New Caledonia port of call) for stealing an USD 20 watch (caught on CCTV). The island has a small airport connecting to Noumea.
- February 22, 2017, during a shore excursion in New Zealand, a tour bus with 31 cruise passengers collided with a car. After the collision, the bus plunged into a steep gully, ~50 m (170 ft) down the road bank. The accident occurred in the afternoon, on a narrow road outside Christchurch NZ. Two of the passengers were critically injured and airlifted to Christchurch Hospital. Eight other suffered serious injuries and were ambulanced. The rest of the passengers were reported with minor or no injuries, treated at the scene and transported to Akaroa. The Christchurch – Akaroa road was closed for ~2 hours. During the accident, the cruise ship was docked in port Akaroa NZ, on a 12-day Auckland to Sydney cruise (itinerary Feb 17 – Mar 1).
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- January-February 2011, CDC reported on the voyage Jan 30 to Feb 6, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 118 passengers (out of 2839, or 4,2%) and 10 crew (out of 1227, or 0,8%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on a 7-day Caribbean cruise round-trip from homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida.
- November-December 2011, CDC reported on voyage Nov 28 to Dec 11, a Noro virus outbreak affected 128 passengers (out of 2730, or 4,7%) and 11 crew (out of 1211, or 0,9%). The ship was on a 14-day Caribbean cruise from homeport Port Everglades FL.
- April 2013, CDC reported on voyage Apr 8 to 25, a Norovirus outbreak affected 183 passengers (out of 2849, or 6,4%) and 2 crew (out of 1188, or 0,2%). The ship was on a 17-nights French Polynesia cruise itinerary with 7 call ports and ending in Hawaii (Honolulu).
- November 2017, NZ news media reported a Norovirus outbreak during a 12-day cruise from Australia to New Zealand (Sydney to Auckland, itinerary Oct 30 – Nov 11). The illness affected a total of 213 passengers and crew (from a total of 3985.
- Note: When the itinerary doesn’t include US cruise ports, the ship is not required to report to CDC, thus no official report would be issued.
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