Cunard Queen Victoria cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9320556, owned by Carnival Corporation and operated by its subsidiary the Cunard Line company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are ship grounding, collision, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
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Cunard Queen Victoria accidents & incidents
At the Queen Victoria 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.
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Ship grounding accident
- July 18, 2008, upon leaving the Southampton cruise port and while maneuvering in the navigation channel, the Cunard vessel took a 90-degree starboard turn. A strong crosswind drove it sideways in eastern direction. This caused the ship to ground on a sandbank. The investigation showed that the incident was caused by a propulsion system malfunction (one of the Azipods failed) during the maneuver. The ship had to use all thrusters for ~25 min to wriggle off the sandbank.
- Note: Most ship grounding accidents (when the marine vessel’s hull impacts the seabed) happen at lower cruising speeds, since the ships operate in known to be shallow waters. Such incidents usually result in stranding (with or without significant hull damages). However, if the hull is breached, the result would be flooding, which may compromise the vessel’s stability and safety. The well-known example for such a tragic accident is the Costa Concordia sinking after hitting a rock in January 2012.
Pier collision accident
- May 14, 2008, on its first visit in Malta (call port Valletta), the vessel struck the quay (pier) and dented its stern after the throttles malfunctioned. The incident forced the ship to stay in port overnight for repairs, which resulted in an itinerary change – call port La Goulette (Tunisia) was dropped.
- Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).
- December 15, 2010, the Cunard Line’s first female captain – Captain Inger Olsen (of Faroese origin) – took the command of the Queen Victoria ship.
- 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”.
- September 11, 2013, the ship experienced propulsion system resulting in reduced cruising speed. The Cunard Line cancelled the next Mediterranean cruise allowing the vessel to enter drydock in Germany for repairs. Booked passengers were offered alternative itineraries or a full refund. The ship returned to service on October 17.
- April 1, 2014, when the vessel was docked in call port San Francisco CA, at ~1 pm, rough weather knocked it off its mooring. The ship broke its mooring lines and listed starboard.
- August 13, 2014, due to propulsion system problems, the vessel entered into dry-dock earlier than scheduled. This resulted in 2 cancelled 2015 cruises – to Canary Islands (Jan 3 to 15) and the next one to Holland and France (Jan 15 to 20).
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- October 17, 2013, a male crew died on the ship. The incident occurred on a rountrip 24-days Mediterranean and Black Sea cruise from Southampton (Sept 30 to Oct 24). The vessel was en-route from Piraeus (Athens) to Palma Majorca. Cunard Line didn’t provide additional information regarding man’s name, age, nationality, job position, or the cause of death.
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) for some 5 years worked as Youth Supervisor on all three Cunard ships – including RMS Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth. He was employed to supervise the kids activities at the ship’s PlayZone (the kids play area on Spa Deck 10). During the investigation, the police also found on his computer films (made by him) showing him abusing 13 different boys. On April 20, 2012 (law news), the man admitted he sexually abused at least 13 minors (all boys) 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
- December 2007, major UK news media reported some 80+ passengers (or ~4% of all) suffering from Noro virus. The illness outbreak occurred on the voyage Dec 21 (2007) to Jan 6 (2008), when the ship was operating on a 16-days Christmas and New Year cruise to the Mediterranean from homeport Southampton England. Along with the quarantine of all sick, passengers also complained about poor cabin service, toilet issues, lack of Xmas decorations.
- January 2010, CDC reported on the voyage Jan 4 to 12, a major Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 179 passengers (out of 1874, or 9,6%) and 8 crew (out of 983, or 0,8%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on its World Cruise itinerary’s first segment, on a 7-days Transatlantic crossing from homeport Southampton to NYC New York. In NYC, ~800 passengers (booked on the trans-Atlantic cruise only) were disembarked. On the next World Cruise segment (voyage Jan 12 to 27, New York to Fort Lauderdale Florida) , CDC reported another major Noro virus outbreak affecting a total of 168 passengers (out of 1854, or 9,1%) and 19 crew (out of 983, or 1,9%).
- 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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