Disney Dream cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9434254, owned by Disney Cruise Line (Magical Cruise Company Ltd), a subsidiary of Walt Disney Company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are collision, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), rescue operations, machinery malfunctions.
Here you can also track MS Disney Dream position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 129,700-ton 4000-passenger Disney cruise ship Dream was built in 2011 by the Meyer Werft shipbuilding company in Germany.
Disney Dream accidents & incidents
At the Disney Dream CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of Disney Cruises Dream 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 Disney Dream 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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.
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Pier collision accident
- September 30, 2017, while maneuvering for berthing in Nassau (Bahamas), the ship struck the pier and dented its hull (stern, above waterline). Both the vessel and the dock sustained minor damages. The accident occurred during a 3-day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral (itinerary Sept 29 – Oct 2) to Nassau and Castaway Cay Island.
- Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).
- October 30, 2010, the vessel was floated out at the shipbuilding yard in Papenburg.
- December 8, 2010, the Disney cruise company took possession of the vessel.
- January 4, 2011, after the Transatlantic repositioning, the ship arrived for the first time in its homeport Port Canaveral (Orlando) Florida.
- January 19, 2011, the vessel was christened by godmother Jennifer Hudson (Disney employee).
- January 26, 2011, the ship started the 5-days Inaugural cruise to Bahamas leaving from Cape Canaveral. The maiden voyage’s itinerary included the line’s traditional Bahamian call ports Nassau and Castaway Cay (private island property).
- January 16, 2013, the ship assisted a small motor yacht in distress and saved both seamen (US citizens). The incident occurred in Bahamian waters at the end of the voyage.
- September 2017, two Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral to Nassau and Castaway Cay (itineraries Sept 8-11 / 3-day, and Sept 11-15 / 4-day) were cancelled due to hurricane Irma. All cancelled bookings received full refunds plus 25% future Disney cruise credit. All booked shore excursions were fully refunded.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- May 4, 2017, a male passengers went overboard, but fortunately, the man was saved and reboarded alive. The ship’s AIS tracking data showed the vessel slowing down and circling in an area west of Freeport, Bahamas. The operation was assisted by USCG airplane team. The man’s rescue took ~1 hour. The USCG gave compliments to the cruise ship’s crew for their efficient and competent actions during the emergency.
- Note: All Disney vessels are equipped with an automatic man overboard system, which easily explains the relatively few Disney overboard accidents. This system automatically alerts the officers at the ship’s Navigation Bridge when someone goes overboard.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- February 5, 2012, shortly after leaving Cape Canaveral (halfway down the channel), due to a medical emergency the ship turned around and docked again at the pier.
- August 5, 2012, a 33-year-old male crew (Milton Braganza) was observed via CCTV camera molesting an 11-year-old female passenger (of Brazilian origin, traveling with her grandmother) in one of the ship’s elevators. The footage showed the man (of Indian origin, working on the ship as a dining room waiter) first stalking and following the kid into the passenger lift, then grabbing her breast with his left hand through her clothes and kissing her forcibly on the mouth. During the incident, the vessel was still docked in homeport Port Canaveral. The incident occurred in US waters, ~1 1/2 hours before departure on a 5-days Bahamas cruise to Nassau and Castaway Cay. While the girl reported to the ship’s security immediately, the alleged crime wasn’t reported promptly to the local police (Brevard County Florida) by Disney Cruises. The incident was reported the next day, when the vessel was in International waters, en-route to Bahamas. The confessed perpetrator was disembarked in the itinerary’s first call port Nassau (Aug 7). He was subsequently flown to India (at the line’s expense) thus avoiding an US investigation. The girl’s family didn’t file an official complaint or request further investigation. In May 2013, the “Disney child molestation” case received worldwide coverage, after several renown news media reported the incident. Among those were Daily Mail (UK), International Business Times (US), New York Daily News (US), Herald Sun (AU), also news agencies and online media in Germany, Greece, Romania, Turkey, India, China. In April 2014, the WKMG Local 6 interviewed a former Disney Dream ship security officer (Dawn Taplin) about the case. After she investigated the sexual crime, she was told by the chief security officer “keep your mouth shut”. The woman quit her job a few weeks after this incident. Note: Under the US-Florida law, such a sexual crime (“lewd or lascivious molestation of a minor under 12”) is punishable by 25 years to life in federal prison.
- April 11, 2014, a 36-year-old male crew was arrested and charged with molestation of a minor. The man (Ahmed Sofyan, of Indonesian origin) was accused of molesting a 13-year-old female passenger. The incident occurred at ~8 am on board the ship docked in homeport Port Canaveral. He was charged with 2 counts of lewd (lascivious molestation) and 1 count of false imprisonment of a minor.
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