Cunard Queen Elizabeth

Cunard Queen Elizabeth
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Cunard Queen Elizabeth cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9477438, owned by Carnival Corporation and operated by its subsidiary the Cunard Line company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Queen Elizabeth position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 90,900-ton 2100-passenger Cunard cruise ship Queen Elizabeth was built in 2010 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

Cunard Queen Elizabeth accidents & incidents

Cunard Queen Elizabeth accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the Queen Elizabeth CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Cunard 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 Cunard Queen Elizabeth 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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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This is link to the ship’s official site Cunard.co.uk.

Technical incidents

  • October 2011, the vessel changed its registry (flag-state) from UK to Bermuda which allows cruise wedding ceremonies to be held on the ship. The word “Southampton” on the stern was replaced with “Hamilton”.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • April 1, 2015, a 75-year-old female passenger died after falling overboard from a tender boat. The accident occurred during the passenger tendering (boarding) operation in call port Sihanoukville Cambodia (Southeast Asia), where the vessel was anchored. The elderly woman (Mary Atherton, of British origin) was disembarking a tender boat when an unexpected wave caused her to fall. Two crew members immediately jumped in the water to rescue her, but the woman was crushed between the boat and the pontoon. At the ship’s infirmary she was pronounced dead. The ship was operating on a 112-days World Cruise itinerary roundtrip from homeport Southampton England (Jan 10 to May 2). Since the accident, Cunard developed a ramp prototype to bridge the tender-pontoon gap.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • February 14, 2012, the UK police arrested a 34-year-old male crew, who was later charged with child molestation and child pornography possession. The man (Paul Trotter, of UK origin) worked for ~5 years as an Youth Counselor on all three Cunard ships – including Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. He was employed to supervise the kids activities at the ship’s PlayZone (the kids play areas on Spa Deck 10). During the investigation, on his computer were found films (made by him) showing who he abuses 13 different minor boys. On April 20, 2012 (law news), he admitted he sexually abused at least 13 kids in the period between Nov 2007 and Aug 2011. The man pleaded guilty on 12 counts of sexual assaulting underage children, 1 count of sexual activity with an underage child, and also 5 counts of taking-, 5 counts of making- and 1 count of possessing indecent images of a child.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • March 2013, a news media reported 84 passengers (or ~4% of all) suffering from Noro virus. The illness outbreak occurred on a 36-days World Cruise segment in the South Pacific Ocean.
  • February 2014, an UK news media reported 80+ passengers affected during a Norovirus outbreak on the ship. The illness incident happened on the World Cruise itinerary segment 14-days Singapore to Dubai (Apr 5 to 19). No CDC report was issued.
  • March 2016, local Hong Kong news media reported over 150 passengers and crew on the ship suffering with Noro virus symptoms. Another 27 people were isolated in their cabins as a precautionary measure. The incident occurred during the Queen Elizabeth “World Cruise 2016”. The ship docked in Hong Kong on March 30 and left the same day for Singapore.
  • 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.

MS Queen Elizabeth current position


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