Disney Magic cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9126807, owned by Disney Cruise Line (Magical Cruise Company Ltd), a subsidiary of Walt Disney Company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), shore excursion incidents, rescue operations, machinery malfunctions.
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Disney Magic accidents & incidents
At the Disney Magic CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of Disney Cruises Magic 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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- March 14, 2002, the vessel experienced a smoke stack fire accident at ~5 am. The fire was extinguished after ~1 hour. Via the PA system, all passengers wearing life jackets were assembled at the muster stations. No injuries were reported. The incident caused ~1 1/2 hours late arrival in the next call port. As compensation, all passengers received US$100 per cabin in onboard credit.
- February 14, 2007, during the “Pirates of the Caribbean” themed fireworks show (a Disney signature deck party event), a misfire caused a small fire in the ship’s rear (near the specialty restaurant “Palo” on Deck 12). The incident started with one of the fireworks hitting the aft-starboard side of the ship, then the next firework misfired and hit the deck area next to French restaurant, starting the fire. The fire sprinklers activated. No injuries were reported.
- Starting in May 2007, this was the first Disney ship operating on Mediterranean cruise itineraries leaving from homeport Barcelona, Spain. After the Summer 2007 season and the Transatlantic repositioning, the vessel returned to its Caribbean homeport Port Canaveral (Orlando) Florida. The ship returned to Europe in 2010 and 2013 with Mediterranean Sea cruise itinerary programs for the summer season, again leaving out of Barcelona.
- March 8, 2008, the vessel experienced propulsion problems, affecting its cruising speed. The incident resulted in late call ports arrivals. As compensation, all passengers received US$100 per cabin in onboard credit.
- December 4, 2011, the ship suffered a power outage incident. It occurred at ~4 pm, and lasted for ~10 min. During that time, there was a total blackout (no electricity) and no propulsion (the vessel drifted). After the electricity was restored, it took ~ 1 1/2 hours before the propulsion system was operational again. The incident resulted in late arrival in next call port Philipsburg (St Maarten).
- December 2, 2014, the vessel experienced a power loss for ~10 min, during which time it drifted without propulsion. The incident occurred at ~6 pm, when the ship was en-rote to port call Cozumel and off the Cuba’s northern coast. Unofficial sources reported black smoke coming from the fore part of the vessel right before the power failure.
- January 8, 2015, a Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise passenger (Frank Jade) fell overboard. The man was later spotted floating in open sea by crew on Disney Magic (sailing the same itinerary route). The Disney cruise ship stopped, lowered a boat and saved the man. When the ship docked at Punta Langosta (call port Cozumel Mexico), the RCI Oasis passenger was transferred to a hospital ashore.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- November 19, 2009, when the ship was docked in call port Cozumel Mexico, 2 passengers were killed and 3 other were hospitalized after their jeeps crashed. The accident occurred at ~2:30 pm near San Gervasio (Mayan ruins site), where their 2 rented Wrangler jeeps collided. One of the crashed vehicles were reported speeding at ~80 mph / 130 kph at the time of the collision.
- May 6, 2017, a male passenger died ashore while the ship was docked in Basseterre (St Kitts Island). The accident occurred during a diving excursion. The ship was a 7-day Southern Caribbean cruise (itinerary April 30 – May 7) roundtrip from San Juan Puerto Rico.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- August 20, 2012, the UK’s Mirror news media published online pictures of a male crew doing lines of cocaine in his cabin during break time. The report (based on an interview with a whistle-blower /a former Disney employee) stated sniffing coke is a common practice on board the Disney ship Dream, along with the casual sex and excessive drinking parties in the crew cabins – “almost every night”. The former crew claimed they bought the cocaine for GBP 15 / USD 25 a gram, which is ~1/4 of the street price in the UK. And he stated that the local drug was of a better quality (4 times stronger). Note: Under the maritime law, crew members have to be tested for drugs every week. Since the cocaine stays in the system only for 3-4 days, if a crew member knows when the tests will be conducted, he/she will never be tested positive. The Disney cruise company responded it will conduct an investigation on the crew’s claims.
- December 18, 2015, a 31-year-old male crew was arrested for alleged molestation of an 11-year-old female passenger. While still on the ship, the girl told her parents that the man (of Honduran origin) fondled her 3 times. After confessing to the crime, he was charged with 3 counts of “lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor”. The incident occurred during a 5-days roundtrip Bahamas cruise out of Miami (itinerary Dec 18 – 23), with call ports Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay (Disney private island).
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- November 2002, the ship reported two consecutive Norovirus outbreaks (gastrointestinal illness) infected a total of 275 passengers and crew (Nov 16 to 23) and on the next voyage (Nov 23 to 30) a total of 164 passengers and 23 crew. All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The following 7-days Eastern Caribbean cruise from Orlando (Nov 30 departure) was officially cancelled for the cruise vessel’s thorough cleaning and sanitation of all cabins and facilities on board.
- 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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