Coral Princess

Coral Princess
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Coral Princess cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9229659, owned by the Princess Cruises line (a Carnival Corporation brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), pollution, shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions, rescue operations.

Here you can also track MS Coral Princess position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 91,630-ton 1980-passenger Princess cruise ship Coral was built in 2002 by the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipbuilding company in France.

Coral Princess accidents & incidents

Coral Princess accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the Coral Princess CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Princess 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.

Here we also post updates on Coral Princess 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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Technical incidents

  • December 2002, the ship’s Inaugural cruise (scheduled for Dec 14) plus three January sailings were cancelled due to delayed delivery by the Italian shipbuilder.
  • March 19, 2009, the ship’s turbine malfunctioned, causing a reduced cruising speed. The mechanical incident occurred on a Panama Canal repositioning cruise from Alska to Caribbean (Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale). The itinerary was changed, dropping call port Victoria BC.
  • May 21, 2009, the ship was sanctioned for pollution, violating the Alaskan wastewater quality standard for ammonia. Wastewater tests showed 91 mg/L concentration, with the norm’s limit being 80 mg/L.
  • August 19, 2011, a mechanical malfunction (gas turbine oil system) forced the Captain to anchor the vessel. The troubleshooting revealed that the lube oil of the turbine had metal particles within, indicating a failure. The gas turbine was secured and the propulsion was switched to diesel electric, allowing the ship to continue the itinerary as scheduled.
  • May 2, 2013, the ship experienced a fire incident in the engine room. The fire started in a storage locker, and was quickly extinquished. No injuries were reported. In the list of material damages, a cruise suite cabin on deck 9 was reported flooded due to malfunction of the suite’s fire sprinkler system.

Cuban refugees cruise ship rescue incident

  • April 14, 2016, while en-route from Montego Bay Jamaica to Fort Lauderdale, the Princess cruise ship Coral encountered and stopped to pick up 7 Cuban refugees (migrants) on a damaged boat trying to get to the US by sea. The refugees were brought on board and later offloaded on a USCG ship that returned them to Cuba. Coral Princess was ending a 10-day Panama Canal and Caribbean itinerary (Apr 5 – 15) roundtrip from Port Everglades Florida.
  • Note: Cruise ship operators have agreed to inform the USCG if they spot Cuban refugees in open sea and to rescue them if needed.
  • Similar cruise ship rescue incidents happened on Carnival Paradise (Mar 4, 2014, 24 people rescued), Carnival Ecstasy (Mar 25, 2014, 41 people rescued), Carnival Liberty (Aug 22, 2014, 11 people rescued), Carnival Breeze (May 9, 2015, 25 people rescued), Brilliance Of The Seas (Mar 18, 2016, 18 people rescued), Disney Wonder (Feb 13, 2016, 12 people rescued). All the Cuban refugee boats were reported being both unseaworthy and overcrowded.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • November 3, 2003, a male crew jumped overboard committing suicide. The man worked on the ship as galley assistant, and was newly employed. The accident happened shortly after the vessel left call port Cozumel Mexico. The man was reported being lonely and miserable. The Captain held 2 memorial services on the ship for him.
  • November 25, 2009, a 31-year-old male crew was reported missing and presumed fell overboard. The man (working as chef on the ship) was last seen working in the kitchen at ~8 pm. The accident happened off the Colombian coast, when the ship was en-rote from Aruba to Cartagena. The incident report mentioned a life preserver missing, with its illumination flares left on the ship. During the accident, the ship was on a Panama Canal transition cruise from Miami to  Los Angeles (Nov 23 – Dec 7).
  • March 24, 2013, a male passenger jumped overboard at ~2:30 pm. The accident was witnessed by several passengers who alerted the crew. The ship immediately started search and rescue operation, and was later joined by USCG assets. At ~ 6 pm the body was recovered from the water. No official statement was issued.
  • May 11, 2016, a male passenger (of Russian origin) reportedly jumped overboard from Dolphin Deck 9 and was later reported lost at sea. The incident occurred near Santa Barbara CA (USA waters), during a 4-day Alaskan repositioning cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver BC (itinerary May 10-14) also visiting Victoria BC.
  • August 3, 2016, while the ship was docked in port Juneau AK, a 79-year-old female passenger of US origin (from Ontario) got lost in Alaska during solo hiking on Mendenhall Glacier (the trails East Glacier and Nugget Creek). The elderly woman became disoriented and decided as the night fell, and had to spend the night alone in the forest, and without any camping gear. However, she managed to walk to safety the next day, arriving at the glacier’s visitor centre at ~9:30 am on Aug 4. The cruise ship left the Juneau port at ~4 pm. Local police organized an extensive search and looked for here until midnight. During the incident, the Coral ship was on a 7-day Alaskan cruise round-trip from Vancouver BC (itinerary July 30 – Aug 6) with call ports Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • March 9, 2009, a 38-year-old male crew was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a 42-year-old female passenger. The man (of Portuguese origin) was working on the ship as headwaiter. The arrest was made by the FBI when the ship docked in Los Angeles CA. The current itinerary was 14-day Panama Canal transition cruise from Ft Lauderdale to LA.
  • May 16, 2009, a young passenger suffered severe injuries in the Lotus swimming pool (deck 14) and had to be medevaced. At ~3 pm, an USC helicopter sent from San Francisco arrived and evacuated him. The incident occurred during a 3-day relocation cruise to Alaska from Los Angeles to Vancouver BC.
  • August 13, 2009, four passengers were forcibly removed from the ship in Juneau on an Alaskan cruise. They occupied 2 separate cabins on deck 9, and were caught smoking pot (marijuana).

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • January 22, 2004, CDC reported on a Panama Canal transition cruise, a Norovirus outbreak affected 136 passengers (6,5%) and 20 crew (2,2%).
  • January 7, 2005, CDC reported on a round-trip San Juan Puerto Rico cruise, a Norovirus outbreak affected 84 passengers (out of 2116, or 4%) and 31 crew (out of 913, or 3,4%).
  • February 11, 2009, CDC reported on a Panama Canal cruise, a Norovirus outbreak affected 252 passengers (out of 1996, or 12,6%) and 19 crew (out of 885, or 2,1%).
  • May 27, 2009, CDC reported on an Alaskan cruise, a Norovirus outbreak affected 121 passengers (out of 2001, or 6,1%) and 7 crew (out of 914, or 0,8%).
  • May 2011, CDC reported on voyage May 4 to 19, a Norovirus outbreak affected 64 passengers (out of 1990, or 3,2%) and 3 crew (out of 873, or 0,6%). The ship was on a 15-day Panama Canal cruise from Fort Lauderdale FL to San Francisco CA.
  • April 2015, CDC reported on voyage April 12 to 27, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 99 passengers (out of 1958, or 5%) and 12 crew (out of 881, or 1,4%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea). The ship was on a 15-day Panama Canal repositioning cruise to Alaska (leaving from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles.
  • March 2017, CDC reported on itinerary March 8 to 18, a Noro virus outbreak affected 157 passengers (out of 2016, or 7,8%) and 25 crew (out of 881, or 2,8%). The ship was on a 10-day Caribbean and Panama Canal cruise roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale to ports in Dutch Antilles , Colombia , Panama , Costa Rica, Jamaica.
  • 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.

Coral Princess current position

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