Celebrity Summit cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9192387, 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), drug smuggling, shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions.
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Celebrity Summit accidents & incidents
At the Celebrity Summit 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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- In 2002, two sailings were affected by propulsion problems needing drydock repairs. Voyage March 23 was cancelled, while voyage April 8 was shortened from 11 to 7 nights.
- July 9, 2003, the vessel’s hull was damaged when it hit a rock upon leaving the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska. The accident was caused by human error – the assisting pilot called out instructions but a crew steered. It resulted in a 10 ft / 3 m long ballast-tank hole (midship) and a 140 ft / 43 m long hull crease. Two days later, the ship docked at Seward AK. The July 11 departure was delayed by 2 days for repairs.
- September 1, 2004, the ship entered drydock for repairs due to experienced starboard propulsion unit malfunctioning. The Sept 10 voyage was cancelled, the Sept 17 voyage was delayed 3 days.
- May 25, 2005, due to needed starboard propulsion unit repairs, the May 27 voyage was shortened by 1 day (skipping call port Ketchikan Alaska) while the June 3 voyage was cancelled.
- May 10, 2006, on the 13-nights Alaskan cruise from San Diego CA to Vancouver BC (starting May 7), the ship experienced propeller (propulsion) issues. The incident resulted in an itinerary change (call ports Seattle WA and Sitka AK were dropped) and passenger unrest and protests. The May 20 voyage was cancelled for drydock repairs (starboard Azipod bearing replacement).
- November 17, 2008, on a 14-days Mediterranean cruise (Nov 1 to 15) propulsion problems resulted in reduce cruising speed (down to 17 mph / 28 kph) and an itinerary change (call port Split Croatia was dropped).
- January 31, 2009, the 7-days Southern Caribbean cruise round-trip from homeport San Juan Puerto Rico was shortened to 6-days, and call port Tobago was dropped due to a mechanical issues (“electrical problem”) needing drydock repairs. The next 2 Caribbean sailings were cancelled.
- October 5, 2012, during passenger tendering back to the ship in call port Bar Harbor Maine, a tender boat with 93 passengers and 2 crew ran aground. The tender (number 12) was at sea between the island Sheep Porcupine and Bar Island, when hit a rocky shoal and stuck. No injuries were reported. The incident happened at ~7:45 pm (during low tide and ). Two local marine vessels – a fishing boat and a whale watcher) helped the tender and unloaded the passengers. The tender boat sustained serious hull damages and breaches below waterline, and was taken out of service.
- July 5, 2015, the vessel stopped in New York harbour for ~5 hours due to a technical issue (one of its propulsion motors). After the observation, it was towed back to homeport Cape Liberty (Bayonne) New Jersey. The problem started at ~4 am after its departure from Cape Liberty NJ on a 7-day itinerary with call port Kings Wharf (Bermuda). The itinerary was not affected.
- On July 14, 2015, the Celebrity cruise line announced its fleet’s first female Captain will command the Summit ship. Her name is Kate McCue (of American origin, aged 37 /as of 2015) starting service in August 2015. Seven months earlier, the line announced its first female CEO and president – Mrs Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.
- March 2017, due to electrical issue with one of the ship’s propulsion motors, two cruises were officially cancelled – all roundtrips from San Juan Puerto Rico. These were itineraries March 27 – April 1 (5-day to St Thomas, St Maarten, St Kitts) and the following April 1-8 (7-day to Barbados , St Lucia, Antigua, St Maarten, St Thomas). The ship remained fully operational (no impact on its maneuverability). Itinerary April 8-15 was modified, with port Frederiksted (St Croix Island) dropped. The following cruise (April 15-22) was shortened from 7 to 4 days. For the last “mini cruise” from Puerto Rico, all passengers were compensated with air fare ($200 PP) and given the option to re-book on another Celebrity cruise for that week. It was estimated that each of the affected cruise passengers lost around USD 1,000 in airfare and hotels expenses. This accident confirms that purchasing travel insurance is a must.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- December 27, 2011, a 30-year-old female crew jumped overboard in the waters near Puerto Rico. The woman (of Filipino origin) worked on the ship as bartender. The conducted by USCG search operation failed to find the body. The incident occurred northeast of the Culebra island when the ship was en-route to Barbados from Puerto Rico.
- December 6, 2015, British Virgin Islands news media reported 2 passengers were killed (pronounced dead at the scene) and 18 others were injured in a bus crash accident on Tortola Island, BVI. The tragic incident happened on a sponsored by Celebrity Cruises excursion to Cane Garden Bay beach on the island. While descending the Cane Garden Bay Hill, the tour bus lost control at ~11 am near Round Hill. All injured were transported to the Peebles Hospital to receive treatment. Assistance was provided by the ship’s med personnel, as well as by local authorities (Police Force, Fire & Rescue Department, BVI Tourist Board). The Summit cruise ship was on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary roundtrip from homeport San Juan Puerto Rico (Dec 5-12) with call ports Road Town (Tortola), Fort de France (Martinique), Roseau (Dominica), Basseterre (St Kitts), Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas).
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- July 28, 2003, a 33-year-old male crew was accused of inappropriately touching and charged with sexual assault of a female passenger. The incident occurred during a Spa massage.
- September 8, 2006, 15 passengers suffered minor injuries in a tour bus crash accident on a sponsored by Celebrity Cruises shore excursion in Juneau AK. The bus bus driver was charged with reckless driving.
- February 23, 2009, 166 passengers sustained injuries in a tour bus crash incident on a sponsored by Celebrity Cruises shore excursion in Roseau (Dominica). Some of them were flown to Miami and transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Among the lesser injuries were lacerations, bumps and bruises. Three passengers suffered fractures. The tour bus was returning from a cooking-themed excursion. The ship was on a 7-nights round-trip cruise from homeport San Juan Puerto Rico (starting Feb 21).
- April 3, 2010, a male passenger fell overboard in the waters near Puerto Rico. The man (Bob Gricius) didn’t die, but instead swam for nearly 19 hours to the small island of Cayo Lobos, which is ~3 ml / 5 km off the Purto Rico’s coast.
- March 21, 2012, on a gay-themed cruise (by Atlantis Events), 2 male passengers (both of American origin, aged 41 and 43) were arrested in Roseau Dominica and charged with indecent exposure. When the ship was docked in Roseau, both gay men were seen and reported for being naked on their cabin’s balcony. They were enprisoned for 19 hours and fined US$2000 each (paid to the judge in cash).
- September 2, 2012, a male crew suffered from severe abdominal cramps. He was medevaced via USCG assets (Jayhawk helicopter and Hercules aircraft) sent from Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The ship was ~290 ml / 470 km out at sea.
- July 3, 2017, Maine state’s (USA) emergency services responded to a “mass casualty incident” (abbrev MCI) onboard the Summit ship, en-route from Halifax (NS Canada) to Portland ME. After docking in Portland (~9:30 am), the cruise ship was boarded by several med teams just to find only 4 people with unrelated medical conditions requiring treatments – 2 with heart-related symptoms, 1 with pneumonia, 1 with a broken leg. The four cruise passengers were ambulanced to a hospital. A “mass casualty incident” is a multiple-casualty incident / situation in which emergency med services resources (personnel, equipment) are overwhelmed by the number / severity of the casualties. The incident occurred on a 11-day “Independence Day Cruise” (itinerary June 27 – July 7) roundtrip from NYC to Canada, with call ports Bar Harbor ME, Saint John NB, Halifax NS, Portland ME, Boston MA, Newport RI.
Drug smuggling incidents
- August 19, 2011 (law news), a 48-year-old male passenger (of American origin) was fined in Bermuda US$1000 (paid in cash immediately). The man was charged with drug possession and admitted having 6 grams of marijuana. The drug was found in his cabin on Aug 17 after the ship’s security received a tip-off and search the room.
- May 3, 2012, while the ship was docked in call port King’s Wharf Bermuda, a 53-year-old female passenger was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and with drug smuggling. The woman (Jane Howell Carmichael, of American origin) was caught with 4 packages of cocaine (US$369,000 worth) strapped to her body.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- November 2006, CDC reported on the voyage Nov 11 to 25, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 72 passengers (out of 1911, or 3,8%) and 12 crew (out of 942, or 1,3%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.
- September-October 2013, CDC reported on voyage Sept 21 to Oct 5, a major Noro virus outbreak affected a total of 322 passengers (out of 2112, or 15,3%) and 13 crew (out of 952, or 1,4%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on a 14-days Canada New England cruise from homeport Bayonne NJ (NY).
- 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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