Disney Fantasy cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9445590, owned by Disney Cruise Line (Magical Cruise Company Ltd), a subsidiary of Walt Disney Company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions.
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Disney Fantasy accidents & incidents
At the Disney Fantasy CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of Disney Cruises Fantasy 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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- September 13, 2011, Disney Cruises at the line’s official FB page announced the stern character on the Fantasy ship will be the Flying Elephant Dumbo.
- December 9, 2011, at the shipbuilding yard several waterlines on the vessel were found open. The incident resulted in a total of 48 cruise cabins being flooded, which cost the German shipbuilder ~1 million Euro in damages.
- February 28, 2012, Disney Cruises Fantasy ship arrived in the USA for the very first time, docking in NYC New York. The vessel’s christening ceremony took place on March 1. Its godmother was the American singer Mariah Carey, who also made several live performances at the ship’s theater.
- October 26, 2012, the vessel sustained serious interior damages after being hit by the Hurricane Sandy. The ship was severely listing and rocking in rough waters through the whole night. This weather related incident occurred on a 7-days roundtrip cruise from homeport Cape Canaveral FL. The storm picked up at ~8:30 pm, followed by progressive tilting. The most intense moments were after ~2 am, when the ship’s violent rocking caused TVs and furniture damages, broken glassware and dishes, emptied swimming pools, partially flooded Atrium Lobby and hallways. The Captain commanded all passengers to remain in their cabins. The ship’s both specialty restaurants (named “Remy” and “Palo”) also sustained serious damages. The storm’s power that night exceeded what was forecasted for the sailing area.
- February 5, 2016, the vessel suffered a mechanical issue (portside engine failure). The incident resulted in reduced cruising speed (17 kn / 20 mph / 31 kph as opposed to 22 kn / 25 mph / 41 kph) and itinerary change – call port Castaway Cay (Disney private island) was skipped. The ship was on a 7-days Eastern Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral FL (round-trip itinerary Jan 30 – Feb 6) with call ports Tortola (BVI), St Thomas (USVI), Castaway Cay (Bahamas).
- May 19, 2017, while en-route from Castaway Cay (Bahamas) to Port Canaveral (Orlando Florida), the vessel suffered a propulsion problem resulting in reduced speed and late arrival in Florida. The accident occurred during a 3-night Bahamas cruise (itinerary May 17-20).
- September 2017, one Eastern Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral (itinerary Sept 9-16 / 7-day to Tortola BVI, St Thomas and Castaway Cay) was 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
- Fortunately, there are no such tragic incidents officially reported so far.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- March 30, 2013, a 4-year-old kid nearly drowned at the family swimming pool (Donald’s Pool on Lido Deck 11). The incident occurred at ~3:30 pm, after the little boy’s family had just boarded the ship for a 7-days Western Caribbean cruise from homeport Port Canaveral Florida. The little kid (Chase Lykken, from Minnesota) was found in the pool unresponsive, but with a pulse and breathing. His parents (Chris and Lisa) were not at the pool, but arrived after the rescue. He was immediately airlifted to the emergency room of the Cocoa Beach’s Cape Canaveral Hospital, then flown by medical ambulance to the Orlando’s Arnold Palmer Hospital. The incident caused a ~1 hour delayed departure. Major news media reported later that the kid may suffer a serious brain damage due to the continuous lack of oxygen to the brain. On April 1 was reported that after initially being in a coma, the kid became alert and his condition was stable.
- April 7, 2013, the ship left homeport Port Canaveral (Orlando) Florida at ~5 pm, but had to return back to port at ~8:30 pm due to 2 medical emergencies. The reported emergencies were a 77-year-old male passenger with a heart condition, and a 6-year-old boy with diabetes. Both passengers were disembarked and transported at a local hospital for treatments.
- February 20, 2014, a 21-year-old male passenger suffering chest pains and breathing difficulties was medevaced via an USCG helicopter. The incident occurred asore when the ship was docked in call port Key West Florida. The young man had just finished 2 scuba diving sessions. When he returned to the ship, he complained of chest pains. At the infirmary, the X-rays scan showed one of the lungs was partially collapsed.
- February 28, 2015, a male passenger nearly drowned on the Disney Cruise Lines private island in Bahamas Castaway Cay. The incident occurred at the island’s family beach, where a lifeguard found him in the water unresponsive. The man was wearing snorkeling gear. He was brought ashore, given life saving procedures, then medevaced via a helicopter to a Miami hospital.
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