Celestyal Crystal

Celestyal Crystal
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Celestyal Crystal cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 7827213, owned by Celestyal Cruises (former Louis Cruises) line company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are collisions, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Celestyal Crystal position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 25,600-ton 1400-passenger Celestyal cruise ship Crystal (in 2015 renamed from “Louis Cristal”) was built as “Viking Saga” (cruiseferry) in 1980 by the Wartsila shipbuilding company in Finland.

Celestyal Crystal accidents & incidents

Celestyal Crystal accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the Celestyal Crystal CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Celestyal ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents, including when operating as “Silja Opera” and “Louis Cristal”). Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and Coast Guard reports.

Here we also post updates on Celestyal Crystal cruise law news. They are related to recent crimes being investigated. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Ship collision accidents

  • September 17, 2003, the ship was operating for the Silja Line (Baltic Sea cruise-ferry line) under the name “MS Silja Opera”. It was involved in 3 collision incidents, damaging a total of 3 cargo vessels berthed at the St. Petersburg harbour’s quay. The investigation report (done by the Sjöfartsinspektion) blamed for the collisions the weak communication between the assisting pilot and the ship’s bridge crew, as well as the bad weather conditions (strong wind) and the Morskoy Canal’s water stream and shallow water effect.
  • November 12, 2003, upon leaving call port St Petersburg Russia, the vessel (carrying 449 passengers and 164 crew) collided with the Russian icebreaker “Yermak” anchored in the Morskoy Canal (length ~2,3 ml / 3,5 km, width 330 ft / 100 m). The accident occurred ~1 hour after the ferry passengers were embarked. No injuries were reported, but half of the ferry’s lifeboats were seriously damaged. The ship was cleared by local authorities to continue with its itinerary ending in homeport Helsinki Finland.
  • September 26, 2007, as Silja Opera, while maneuvering in the port of Helsinki Finland, the ship collided with a docked tugboat. As result, all the portside lifeboats were damaged, and one of them even fell into the sea completely destroyed.
  • August 1, 2008, the ship was operating for the Louis Cruises under the name “Louis Cristal” on a 7-days Mediterranean cruise itinerary to Greek Isles and Turkey. While maneuvering in call port Piraeus (Athens Greece), the ship (carrying 955 passengers) collided with MF Lissos (ferry to the Greek islands Chios and Lesbos). No injuries were reported, but both vessels sustained material damages.
  • June 27, 2015, the ship was operating for the Celestyal Cruises under the name “Celestyal Crystal” on an Eastern Mediterranean cruise itinerary visiting ports in Greece and Turkey. While en-route from Greece to Turkey (Myconos to Istanbul) and passing through the Canakkale (Dardanelles Strait, off the Gallipoli Turkey’s coast), the cruise ship (carrying 854 passengers) collided with the oil tanker STI Pimlico (23300 GT, 37000 DWT). The cargo ship was en-route from Russia to Malta (Tuapse to Valletta). No injuries were reported. The collision occurred at ~1:30 am and at the canal’s Northern entrance, right in front of the Lighthouse. The ship suffered a serious structural (bow) damage, while the tanker sustained midship-portside hull damage and one of its cargo tanks was breached. As result, the vessel leaked naphtha cargo into the water and started to list. All the 1234 passengers were ferried to Gallipoli. As compensation, all passengers received a full refund, plus a free Celestyal cruise (2015-2016 itineraries).

Technical incidents

  • During its service history, the vessel was operating under the names Viking Saga (1980-1986), Sally Albatross (1986-1990), Leeward (1990-2000), SuperStar Taurus (2000-2002), Silja Opera (2002-2006), MS Opera (2006-2007), MS Cristal (2007-2011), Louis Cristal (2011-2015).
  • In May 2007, the Silja Opera ferry was sold to Louis Cruises, in which fleet the ship replaced the sunk MS Sea Diamond. After the drydock refit at the Piraeus shipyard in Greece, the redesigned vessel was renamed to “MS Cristal”, starting cruise operations in July.
  • In November 2014, the ship “Louis Cristal” was renamed to “Celestyal Crystal” (following the line’s rebranding) and also received its new Celestyal livery.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • Fortunately, there are no such tragic incidents officially reported so far.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • June 27, 2015, during the collision near Gallipoli Turkey (see in “ship collision accidents” above), 1 passenger and 2 of the crew suffered minor injuries and were treated at the ship’s infirmary.

Celestyal Crystal current position


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