Golden Princess

Golden Princess
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Golden Princess cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9192351, 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 Golden Princess position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 108,870-ton 2600-passenger Princess cruise ship Golden was built in 2001 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

Golden Princess accidents & incidents

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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Technical incidents

  • In August 2008, the vessel was reported for pollution, violating the Alaskan wastewater quality standard for zinc. Wastewater tests showed concentration levels higher than the allowed norms.
  • March 22, 2009, the ship reported an engine room fire incident on a round-trip 14-days Hawaiian cruise from homeport Los Angeles CA. The incident was announced by the Captain via the PA system ~11:45 pm. The cause for the fire was a seal blown by the engine’s turbocharger, which set off the smoke detector. The fire incident lasted for ~1 hour and resulted in temporarily reduced cruising speed and an itinerary change. The call port Nawiliwili (on Kauai Hawaii) was dropped.
  • In 2009, the ship was reported 6 times for pollution in Alaska, violating the Alaskan wastewater standard for zinc. The failed wastewater tests were conducted on May 18, June 1, August 3 and 10, and on September 7 and 14.
  • March 28, 2012, USCG reported a “material failure” (unspecified issue).
  • January 29, 2013 (law news), the shipowner Princess Cruises was fined US$20,000 on pollution charges. The Princess cruise vessel was accused in dumping its swimming pools’ waters (a total of 66,000 gallons, or ~250,000 litres) into the waters of the Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska) in 2011. The Princess cruise company claimed the incident was caused by “software malfunction”, commanding the valves of all the ship’s 6 swimming pools (plus the whirlpools) to open and dump their chlorinated waters into the Glacier Bay.
  • December 6, 2015, the ship suffered a power loss accident resulting in temporary drifting and cruising at reduced speed between New Zealand and Australia for several hours. The incident occurred near the end of the 13-days Around New Zealand cruise roundtrip from Auckland (itinerary Nov 29 – Dec 12) with call ports Tauranga, Gisborne, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Fjordland Park, Melbourne.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • Fortunately, no such accidents were officially reported so far.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • September 27, 2008, a 9-year-old boy was saved from drowning by another passenger. The kid was found unconscious lying on the bottom of a swimming pool. The man who saved the kid’s life was rewarded with a free Princess cruise.
  • September 28, 2013, a 79-year-old male passenger (of Canadian origin) suffered from acute kidney failure while the ship was en-route to homeport Los Angeles California. He was medevaced by an USCG helicopter, sent from San Francisco CA to the ship located ~40 ml / 65 km west of the city. The man was transported to Palo Alto CA (Stanford Hospital).

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • December 2004, CDC reported on the voyage Dec 12 to 19, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 84 passengers (out of 2742, or 3,1%) and 15 crew (out of 1100, or 1,4%). All sick suffered from the Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea). The incident happened on a 7-days round-trip Caribbean cruise from homeport San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • May 2009, the ship reported a Norovirus outbreak affected a total of 100 passengers (out of 1954, or 5,1%) and 7 crew (out of 894, or 0,6%). The ship was on a 14-days Panama Canal cruise ending in Fort Lauderdale Florida on May 7.
  • March 2016, major Australian news media reported a significant virus outbreak on the 14-day Melbourne round-trip cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu (itinerary March 8-22). An unspecified number of cruise passengers were suffering from the Norovirus symptoms. According to the Princess line’s official statement, the ship’s crew were engaged with extensive cleaning and disinfection procedures, that included all public spaces. All infected passengers were isolated in their staterooms. Some media reported a simultaneous flu (influenza virus) outbreak on the Princess cruise ship.
  • 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.

Golden Princess current position


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