Diamond Princess

Diamond Princess
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Diamond Princess cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9228198, 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, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Diamond Princess position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 115,900-ton 2670-passenger Princess cruise ship Diamond was built in 2004 by the Mitsubish shipbuilding company in Japan.

Diamond Princess accidents & incidents

Diamond Princess accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the Diamond 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 Diamond 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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

You can add more details or submit your own Diamond Princess ship incidents (negative cruise experience reports) via the Cruise Minus “contact us” form.

This is link to the ship’s official site Princess.com.

Pier collision accident

  • May 22, 2004, a pier collision incident in Victoria BC (May 21) caused technical problems and late departure due to the underwater damage inspection. The results were minor hull damages, reduced cruising speed, itinerary changes. The propeller’s blade tips were also bent.
  • Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).

Technical incidents

  • March 10, 2004, technical problems caused ~5 hours late arrival in homeport Los Angeles CA. The ship was on a 7-day Mexico Riviera cruise (April 3 – 10). There were rumors about the ship suffering an engine failure. On the previous sailing were reported 3 temporarily power loss incidents (each lasting less than 5 min).
  • Twice in 2008 (on Sept 25 and Nov 3) and four times in 2009 (on Aug 14, Sept 1, Oct 23, and Nov 2) while cruising in Alaska the ship was reported for pollution, with higher levels of zinc and ammonia in its wastewater than allowed by the Alaska’s wastewater standards.
  • September 23, 2011, on an Alaskan cruise, 68 passengers were transported to next call port Juneau AK from Haines AK on the ferry boat Malaspina. Due to bad weather, the passengers, along with other tourists, found themselves stranded in Haines and unable to join their Princess ship in Skagway AK. They were on a sponsored by Princess Cruises shore excursion in Haines, arriving there by a water taxi.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • Fortunately, no such accidents were reported so far.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • October 7, 2006, a 58-year-old male passenger was arrested and charges with child molestation. The arrest was done when the ship docked in Long Beach CA. The man was accused of molesting two minors (boys, aged 12) in the onboard sauna room. FBI investigation exonerated him of the charges.
  • September 19, 2013, a 72-year-old female passenger was medevaced by USCG helicopter when the ship was in Icy Strait Alaska. The woman was airlifted and transported to Sitka Community Hospital.
  • March 26, 2015, a male passenger suffered from an undisclosed condition and was medevaced while the ship was en-route to homeport Sydney, Australia

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • January 14, 2005, passengers reported between 30 and 40 people were suffering from the Norovirus illness on the roundtrip LA cruise to Mexico (Jan 7 to 14).
  • November 30, 2005, a total of 58 passengers (out of 2650) were reported suffering from Norovirus symptoms.
  • August 27, 2006, online news media reported a Norovirus outbreak affecting at least 60 people (passengers and crew), all being quarantined.
  • September 2006, CDC reported on the Alaskan cruise Sept 2 to 9, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 127 passengers (out of 2643, or 4,8%) and 4 crew (out of 1120, or 0,4%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea).
  • May 1, 2008, the ship reported a Norovirus outbreak, affecting 92 passengers (3,4% of all) and 5 crew (0.5% of all) on a 14-day round-trip Los Angeles cruise to Hawaii.
  • November 5, 2008, when the ship was operating in Asia (China roundtrips), over 400 passengers from the UK and 13 crew ended up quarantined for experiencing Norovirus symptoms.
  • June 16, 2009 (no CDC report), although not experiencing an outbreak, the ship issued a report about (unspecified number) passengers with Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea). All sick were quarantined to their cabins for fear of spreading the Norwalk virus on the ship. The crew started sanitizing procedures. According to unofficial data, passengers affected from this gastrointestinal illness were well over 100.
  • January 15, 2014, “dozens” (unofficially ~60 of all 3500) passengers and crew suffered from Noro virus and were quarantined on a 12-day Australian cruise. When the ship docked in Tauranga NZ, sanitation procedures delayed the departure by 4 hours.
  • February 2, 2016, Carnival Australia cruise line reported a Noro virus outbreak affecting a total of 158 passengers and crew (unknown number). The illness accident occurred on a 9-days cruise from New Zealand to Australia (itinerary Jan 26 – Feb 4 from Auckland to Sydney) with call ports Tauranga, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Fjordland.
  • 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.

Diamond Princess current position


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