Crown Princess cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9293399, 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), listing, ship rescues, machinery malfunctions.
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Crown Princess accidents & incidents
At the Crown 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.
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Ship listing accident
- July 18, 2006, en-route to homeport NYC New York, the ship reported difficulties with its steering system ~1 hour after leaving the last call port Port Canaveral FL on a 9-day Western Caribbean itinerary. The just 1-month old ship experienced a severe listing, which caused many injuries and material damages. USCG was notified, and the Captain decided to return the vessel in Port Canaveral, where the cruise was cancelled.
- The USCG and NTSB investigation (National Transportation Safety Board) revealed that the second bridge officer intentionally turned the vessel’s autopilot off and tried to steer it manually. He made a number of maneuvers to port and starboard, which made the listing worse, reaching a max angle of 24-degree to starboard.
- Quite many passengers and crew fell down, many them suffering injuries, especially those on the open decks 15 and 16 and on the cabins balconies. Many people sustained injuries caused by falling and flying objects. All public areas looked like hit by a hurricane. The ship reported a total of 284 injured treated in the ship’s infirmary. Of those passengers, 94 were sent to local hospitals. Another 14 suffered from serious wounds, among which fractures and breathing difficulties. Among the interior damages were broken furniture, smashed glassware and dishes. All 4 swimming pools emptied, causing flooding of staircases, hallways and elevator shafts.
- One the worst cruise ship incidents, the 2006 listing was caused by human error. As compensation, all passengers received a fully refund. Those booked on the next scheduled sailing ((July 20) received 50% refund as the embarkation was delayed by 2 days due to investigation procedures. The ship returned to service on July 22, leaving roundtrip from homeport NYC (Brooklyn).
- A 19-degree listing was experienced by the Grand Princess ship in February 2006.
- July 17, 2013, during a 11-night Eastern Mediterranean voyage, a small fire broke out in a cruise cabin on deck 8. Several neighbouring cabins were filled with smoke, some were waterlogged by the fire sprinkler system. No injuries were reported.
- May 28, 2015, A fire broke out in the back stage of the Princess Cruises Crown ship’s theater during an evening performance, but was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported. The fire had started in a store room behind the theater and all spectators had to be evacuated. During the accident, the ship’s Captain made several announcements to keep passengers informed of the situation. All of them were asked to return to their cabins. The reason for the fire accident turned out a smoke-generating machine, which had been left on.
- May 17, 2007, a 32-year-old sailor lost his yacht’s sails in a storm and issued a distress signal. He was in open seas, drifting for 2 days and without any food when was found and rescued off the coast of Puerto Rico by the Princess Crown ship. Curiously enough, the Captain and the rescued sailor happened to be neighbours, both living in Warsash (Hampshire, England).
- September 18, 2013, while sailing in the Mediterranean Sea, the ship responded to a distress call made from an unseaworthy vessel loaded with 158 Syrian refugees. Among those were 44 children and 20 women. They were spotted ~100 ml / 160 km off the Sicily coast (Italy). The operation was later assisted by Italian Coast Guard assets (a helicopter and boats).
- December 20, 2000, engine problems resulted in late arrival in call port Cartagena Colombia, and an itinerary change (Aruba replaced with Nassau Bahamas).
- June 25, 2001, engine problems caused 3-days delayed departure from Copenhagen Denmark and major itinerary changes. Half the 10-day voyage’s call ports were dropped – Tallin Estonia, Gdansk Poland, and Oslo Norway. As compensation, all passengers were 505% refunded.
- July 2, 2006, the ship delayed its NYC departure by ~8 1/2 hours due to a fuel issue. The Captain announced that the delivered fuel was of lower quality, so the ship had to refuse the shipment. The incident caused an itinerary change (call port Grand Turk was dropped).
- April 11, 2013, while on the second leg of a 6-day Mexico cruise from homeport Galveston TX, the ship experienced a toilet outage incident. It was caused by a blockage in the vacuum toilet system. The malfunction affected a total of 410 cruise cabins with aft location. Many passengers had to use the public restrooms for a period of over 24 hours. When investigating the issue, maintenance crew found a towel, a beer bottle and a banana stuck in the system. As compensation, all affected passengers received US$50 in onboard credit.
- October 10, 2015, the ship suffered a power loss for ~25 min. The The power outage incident occurred while the vessel was berthed in Long Beach CA and during a celebrity performance on board. The incident affected the musical show of Stephen Schwartz (celebrity composer performing on the ship). In the evening, the ship left LA on a 7-days California cruise itinerary with call ports San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Baja Ensenada (Mexico).
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- Fortunately, no such accidents were officially reported so far.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- May 9, 2011, on a Transatlantic repositioning cruise from Florida to UK, the ship altered its course diverting to Bermuda due to a medical emergency. A 57-year-old male passenger suffered breathing difficulties. A pilot cutter met the ship and the passenger was offloaded and transferred to KEMH (King Edward VII Memorial Hospital). On the next day, Grand Princess did the same unplanned calling on Bermuda for medical emergency (a sick passenger evacuation).
- December 21, 2012, a 68-year-old female passenger suffered from internal bleeding. She was medevaced by USCG helicopter, sent from New Orleans (~200 ml / 320 km away from the ship). Before the evacuation, the woman received blood transfusion on board.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- January-February 2012, CDC reported on voyage Jan 28 to Feb 4, a major Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 364 passengers (out of 3103, or 11,7%) and 32 crew (out of 1168, or 2,7%). The ship arrived in homeport Fort Lauderdale on Feb 4 and was sanitized before next embarkation. On the next scheduled sailing (Feb 4 to 9), another Norovirus outbreak affected 288 passengers (out of 3078, or 9,4%) and 75 crew (out of 1178, or 6,4%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea). On the second cruise, the itinerary was shortened by 2 days, and the ship returned to homeport Fort Lauderdale earlier for sanitizing. It should be noted, that the first Norovirus cruise passengers were reported on sailings right after the ship’s Transatlantic repositioning crossing from Europe to Caribbean (Venice to Galveston) in December 2011.
- December 20, 2012, online news media reported a Norovirus outbreak affecting a total of 102 (passengers and crew) on a cruise from hiomeport Galveston TX.
- April 2014, CDC reported on voyage April 5 to 12, a Norovirus outbreak affected 122 passengers (out of 3161, or 3,9%) and 30 crew (out of 1176, or 2,6%). The ship arrived in port Los Angeles CA on Apr 12, and extensive sanitation procedures were conducted. All passengers were allowed to disembarked the ship at any of the ports of call along the itinerary.
- October-November 2014, CDC reported on voyage Oct 18 to Nov 16, a Norovirus outbreak affected 158 passengers (out of 3009, or 5,3%) and 14 crew (out of 1160, or 1,2%). The ship arrived in port San Pedro, CA on Nov 16 (sanitation was conducted).
- January 2016, CDC reported on voyage Jan 8 to 18 (10-days Mexican Riviera itinerary roundtrip from Los Angeles CA), a Noro virus outbreak affected 180 passengers (out of 3060, or 5,9%) and 24 crew (out of 1168, or 2,1%). After the ship’s arrival in LA, health assessment, outbreak evaluation and sanitation were conducted.
- 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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