MS Boudicca

MS Boudicca
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MS Boudicca cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 7218395, owned by Fred Olsen Cruises line company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, epidemic Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Boudicca position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 28,400-ton 900-passenger Fred Olsen cruise ship Boudicca was built as “Royal Viking Sky”in 1973 by the Wartsila shipbuilding company in Finland.

MS Boudicca accidents & incidents

MS Boudicca accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the MS Boudicca CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Fred Olsen 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 Coast Guard reports.

Here we also post updates on Fred Olsen Boudicca 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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Fire accident

  • January 25, 2015, the vessel suffered an engine room fire, resulting in power failure (total power outage) and temporary listing. The fire incident occurred at ~4 am, off the Casablanca Morocco’s coast (North Africa), while en-route from Cadiz to Lanzarote. The ship was operating on a 18-days Canary Islands cruise itinerary from homeport Southampton  (England, UK, starting Jan 20). The fire was quickly extinguished, and no injuries were reported. The ship proceeded to the canaries at reduced cruising speed, with 2 (of all 4) main diesels and all 3 auxiliary engines being fully operational and running. The affected engines were being repaired on the way. However, the remainder of the cruise was cancelled. On January 28, Fred Olsen lines flew all the 784 passengers home from Canary Islands (out of Tenerife to Southampton). As compensation, each of them received a full refund plus 50% future Fred Olsen cruise booking discount.

Technical incidents

  • During its service history, the Boudicca cruise ship was operating under the names Royal Viking Sky (1973-1991, constructed for the Kloster Cruise line), Sunward and Birka Queen (1991-1992, bought by the Birka Cruises line), Sunward (1992-1993, owned and operated by the NCL Norwegian Cruise Line), Golden Princess (1993-1997, under charter by the Princess Cruises line), SuperStar Capricorn (1997-1998, and 2001-2004, bought by the Star Cruises line), Hyundai Keumgang (1998-2001, under charter by Hyundai Marine), Grand Latino (2004-2005, bought by the IberoCruceros line).
  • May 25, 1972, the vessel was launched as Royal Viking Sky, and on June 5, 1973 entered service for the Royal Viking Line.
  • May 1, 1976, the Royal Viking Line ships Sky (Boudicca) and the sister-ship Star (Black Watch) did a simultaneous Panama Canal transition sailing in opposite directions. The Sky was on a westbound route, while the Star was sailing eastbound towards Caribbean Sea.
  • In 1982, MV Boudicca (under the Fred Olsen’s ownership) was stretched by adding a 91 ft / 28 m long prefabricated middle-section. The refit resulted in an increased gross tonnage (from 21,890 to 28,372) and passenger capacity (from 536 to 900). During the ship’s stretching (done in Germany, at the Seebeckwerft AG’s shipyard in Bremerhaven) were built new cabins and lounges. The list of other stretched (elongated) cruise ships includes the fleetmates Balmoral, Black Watch and Braemar, also the MSC Cruises ships ArmoniaLiricaOpera, the Phoenix Reisen’s Albatros and the Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of The Seas.
  • October 18, 2008, due to a rudder damage, the scheduled 3-days mini cruise from Liverpool (England, UK) was cancelled.
  • November 21, 2008, while operating in the Caribbean and maneuvering for docking in call port Bridgetown Barbados, the vessel sustained a minor hull damage. The incident was caused by strong winds. It occurred during re-berthing, after the port authorities decided to move the ship to another berth to allow docking for the P&O ship MS Ventura. The caused hull damage was a 7 ft  / 2 m dent at the bow (near the waterline). Departure to the next call port Castries (St Lucia) was delayed by 1 day for repairs.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • Fortunately, there are no such tragic accidents officially reported so far.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • April 4, 2014 (law news), after filing a class-action lawsuit against the shipowner Fred Olsen in 2011, a group of 26 affected by Norovirus Boudicca cruise passengers (voyage March-April 2011) received a GBP 42500 (~USD 64000) settlement. The trial was held at the Birmingham County Court, where the court’s decision ended a 3-year law battle. The passengers’ complaint was about the ship’s hygiene and cleaning procedures.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • 2009, during a 21-days Mediterranean cruise itinerary (October 5 to 26) roundtrip from homeport Portsmouth (England, UK), a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) affected 57 passengers (out of 850, or 6,7%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps) and were quarantined to their cabins. On the 12-days Madeira and Canary Islands cruise itinerary (December 6 to 28) another major outbreak of Norovirus infected a total of 180 passengers and crew. During the Boudica’s New year’s cruise (Dec 28 to Jan 5) the number of infected by Norovirus cruise passengers and crew was 289. The itinerary was shortened by 1 day (ending on Jan 4, 2010) for extensive cleaning (incl fumigation). The next departure (Jan 5, 2010) was rescheduled for January 6.
  • April 2010, after several UK news media reports, the shipowner Fred Olsen admitted an epidemic outbreak of Norovirus affected a total of 650 passengers (out of 900, or 72% of all). However, there was a controversy as the shipowner stated that the Noro virus illness outbreak was worsened by rough sea conditions causing seasickness among many guests as well. The company’s official statement said the total number of Norovirus passengers was 305 (or 38% of all). This epidemic illness outbreak occurred on a 23-days Eastern Mediterranean cruise itinerary (April 6 to 27) roundtrip from homeport Liverpool (England, UK).
  • May 2012, an UK news media reported an epidemic outbreak of Norovirus affected a total of 170 passengers (out of 828, or 20,5% of all). The incident occurred on a 13-days Madeira and Canary Islands cruise itinerary roundtrip from homeport Greenock (Scotland, UK).
  • June 2013, an UK news media reported a Norovirus outbreak affected a total of 96 passengers (or over 10% of all). The incident occurred while the ship operated on a 14-days Baltic cruise itinerary from homeport Liverpool England to call ports in Scandinavia and Russia.
  • September 2013, an UK news media reported a Noro virus outbreak affecting 84 passengers (out of 760). The incident occurred on a 10-days Baltic itinerary (September 23 to October 3) leaving roundtrip from homeport Belfast Northern Ireland (UK).

MS Boudicca current position


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