Island Princess

Island Princess
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Island Princess cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9230402, owned by the Princess Cruises line (a Carnival Corporation brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), drug smuggling, pollution, rescue operations, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Island Princess position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 91,630-ton 1980-passenger Princess cruise ship Island was built in 2003 by the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipbuilding company in France.

Island Princess accidents & incidents

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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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

Fire accident

  • May 15, 2017, the vessel suffered a fire accident while operating in Glacier Bay Alaska. The incident occurred during a 7-night cruise from Vancouver BC Canada to Whittier AK (itinerary May 10-17) with call ports Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Glacier Bay.
  • At ~7:30 am, a PA announcement was made by the Captain about an engine room fire. About 5 min later was sounded the cruise ship’s emergency alarm and the crew was called to the emergency stations. About 30 min later the crew was released. No injuries were reported. While in Glacier Bay National Park waters, the vessel was boarded for inspection by USCG personnel. Inspection took ~1,5 hours. The fire was caused by a leaking oil pipe in the ship’s engine room.

Technical incidents

  • February 6, 2003, the French shipbuilder announced that the vessel’s delivery will be delayed by 2 months. The originally scheduled Inaugural cruise (Panama Canal transition, planned for May 13) was replaced with an Alaskan cruise from Vancouver BC (scheduled for July 12).
  • In August 2008, the vessel was reported twice and fined for pollution, violating the Alaskan wastewater quality standard for ammonia. Wastewater tests showed concentration levels higher than the allowed norms.
  • In May 2009, the ship was reported thrice and sanctioned for pollution in Alaska, violating the Alaskan wastewater standard for ammonia. Wastewater tests showed 130 mg/L (May 14), 120 mg/L (May 27) and 160 mg/L (May 28) concentration, when the limit is 80 mg/L. Another Alaska pollution reports in 2009 were issued: twice in June (11 and 25), July 9, twice in August (14 and 20) and twice in September (3 and 11).
  • February 27, 2010, ~10 min after docking in call port Huatulco Mexico, all fore and aft mooring lines broke due to strong underwater currents in the Santa Cruz Bay. Passengers observed from the cruise ship many small boats in the harbor sinking, and several unmanned bigger boats going out to sea.
  • December 17, 2012, an online news media reported when the ship rescued 5 seamen (of Jamaican origin) from a small boat in distress. The boat was drifting for 3 weeks, and the sailors were most fortunate to be noticed by the Princess cruise ship, which was en-route to call port Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • January 29, 2006, at ~5 pm, a harbor worker (tug boat veteran pilot) died in call port Kauai (Nawiliwili Harbour) after slipping and falling from a ladder. He was hit by the tug boat, which navigated the Princess cruise ship out of the harbor into the sea.
  • March 9, 2016, FBI investigated the suicide death of a male crew (newly hired galley worker). The young man was discovered by co-workers dead in his cabin. Due to the investigation, the ship canceled its next scheduled call port Puerto Limon (Costa Rica). The accident occurred on a 10-day Panama Canal cruise round-trip from Fort Lauderdale Florida (itinerary March 4-14) visiting Aruba, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Barbados.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • January 5, 2006, upon disembarkation in Ensenada (Baja Mexico), a 3-year-old female passenger fell overboard but was rescued alive. The toddler fell from the gangway (telescopic bridge) into the water, between the dock and the ship. The incident happened when the mother seated the little girl on the gangway’s railing to put her travel documents back into purse. The kid was saved by another passenger who jumped and pulled her out of the water.
  • January 13, 2011 (law news),  a female passenger filed in the Los Angles Superior Court a lawsuit against Princess Cruises. The woman claimed she was sexually attacked by a male crew when the ship was on a Panama Canal transition cruise and en-route from Acapulco Mexico to Fort Lauderdale FL. The woman testified she was grabbed and pulled, then he started groping her and trying to kiss her. Then she was pulled into a secluded area of the ship where touched her private parts. Then she managed to push him off and run away.

Drug smuggling incident

  • May 10, 2017, three Princess Cruises employees on Island Princess were arrested and held in police custody in Vancouver BC after police, using a K-9 unit, found drugs (5 kg of cocaine) onboard the ship. As result, the ship’s departure was delayed, but the itinerary remained unaffected. Authorities confirmed that cruise passengers were not involved. The 3 men were of Nicaraguan origin – Willard Brooks (28 yo), Emil Garth (26 yo) and Jason Carter (32). After the cruise ship berthed in Vancouver, they smuggled the cocaine to a local food market where were met by (yet) an unidentified man who paid them USD 30,000 for the drugs. Later, through screening, Canadian Border Service officers found the undeclared money (tucked into their underwear). A K-9 unit, together with Canadian Border Service officers then boarded the ship and searched their cabins where more cocaine was found. Strangely, the drug mules didn’t face any jail time in Canada, but were deported to Nicaragua instead. The incident occurred during 7-night Alaskan cruise from Vancouver to Whittier AK (itinerary May 10-17) visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Glacier Bay.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • May-June 2004, CDC reported on voyage May 29 to June 5, a major Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 375 passengers (out of 2018, or 18,6%) and 50 crew (out of 896, or 5,6%). On the next scheduled voyage (June 5 to 12), another Norovirus outbreak affected 66 passengers (out of 2036, or 3,2%) and 18 crew (out of 930, or 1,9%). All sick suffered from the Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea). Both Norovirus cruises were to Alaska leaving from homeport Vancouver BC.
  • March 2006, CDC reported on the voyage March 7 to 22, a Norovirus outbreak affected 72 passengers (out of 1950, or 3,4%) and 16 crew (out of 911, or 1,8%). The ship was on a 16-days sailing ending in Los Angeles, CA.
  • October-November 2006, CDC reported on the voyage Oct 21 to Nov 5, a Norovirus outbreak affected a total of 109 passengers (out of 1959, or 5,6%) and 11 crew (out of 905, or 1,2%).
  • January-February 2007, CDC reported on the voyage Jan 26 to Feb 10, a Norovirus outbreak affected 179 passengers (out of 1936, or 9,3%) and 37 crew (out of 916, or 4%). The ship was on a 15-days sailing ending in Los Angeles, CA.
  • April-May 2009, CDC reported on the voyage April 23 to May 7, a Norovirus outbreak affected 100 passengers (out of 1954, or 5%) and 5 crew (out of 894, or 0,6%). The experienced symptoms were fever, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.
  • 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.

Island Princess current position


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