MS Columbus cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel (formerly Pacific Pearl) with IMO number 8611398, owned by the “Cruise and Maritime Voyages” company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
Here you can also track MS Columbus position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 63,500-ton 1850-passenger CMV cruise ship Columbus was built as FairMajesty in 1989 by the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipbuilding company in France.
Pacific Pearl accidents & incidents
At the Pacific Pearl / Columbus CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of the ship’s major accidents and cruise including as Pacific Pearl in the fleet of P&O Australia). Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media media sources, Wikipedia and Coast Guard reports.
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Service history, technical incidents
- During its service history, this cruise ship was operating under the names FairMajesty (1988 launched, being constructed for the Sitmar Cruises line), Star Princess (1989-1997, bought and operated by the Princess Cruises line), Arcadia (1997-2003, transferred to the P&O Cruises UK line), Ocean Village One (2003-2010, transferred to the Carnival UK’s subsidiary company Ocean Village).
- After its launch and christening in 1989, the FairMajesty’s shipowner Sitmar was acquired by the P&O company and the ship was renamed to Star Princess.
- In 1997 (as Arcadia), the vessel’s flag-state (registry) was changed from Monrovia (Liberia) to London (UK).
- In 2003, the shipowner Carnival Corporation created the line Ocean Village Holidays and the ship became “Ocean Village”. During the 2003 refit (done by Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven Germany) before the transfer from P&O UK, the ship was upgraded with a larger casino, a buffet restaurant, a steel arch over Lido Deck 12, for acrobatic shows), crew cabins were transformed into passenger staterooms. The Ocean Village 1 ship operated Caribbean cruises from Barbados and Mediterranean cruises from Palma de Mallorca, with Transatlantic repositioning crossings. The second member in the line’s fleet was the Ocean Village 2 ship (currently Pacific Jewel).
- In November 2010, the vessel was refurbished in Singapore (at Sembawang Shipyards) and renamed “Pacific Pearl”. The inaugural voyage started on December 22.
- January 27, 2011, the ship Atrium’s crystal chandelier (3 m / 10 ft wide) broke from the ceiling and fell 3 decks through the Atrium and shattered, crashing onto tables in the Lobby’s cafe area (Plaza deck 5). The incident occurred at ~2:30 am. Luckully, due to the late hour no one was in the area. The chandelier was installed during the ship’s refit in Singapore (Nov 2009).
- February 3, 2011, the ship experienced a series of system malfunctions. Among the reported by passengers cabin issues were leaky ceilings (also in the main stairwell), toilet blockages, running water failures (also in public areas, affecting bars and cafes services).
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- (Pacific Pearl) June 21, 2006, a male passenger’s body was pulled lifeless out of the deck 12’s Crystal swimming pool. The ship’s medics attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful. The incident occurred during an Ocean Village ship cruise in the Mediterranean. The dead body was offloaded in call port Civitavecchia (Rome Italy).
- (Pacific Pearl) October 4, 2008, a 71-year-old male passenger fell overboard and died during an Ocean Village ship cruise in the Mediterranean. Reportedly, in an attempt to spot his grandchildren, the elderly man leaned over the rail on deck 14, tumbled and fell into the water. The accident occurred while the ship was docked in docked call port Dubrovnik Croatia. Unfortunately, during the fall the man hit a lifeboat, fracturing his skull and spine.
- (Pacific Pearl) June 23, 2009, a 42-year-old male crew fell overboard while the Ocean Village ship was docked in homeport Palma de Mallorca Spain. The incident occurred around noon, when the man (of Indian origin) accidentally fell from the ship and died instantly.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- (Pacific Pearl) July 9, 2008, a male passenger suffered a serious injury (lost his left leg) due to an infection. The incident occurred during a 7-days Western Caribbean cruise from homeport Bridgetown Barbados, while the ship was docked in call port Belize City. The man burned his feet on the pool deck’s metal surface while sunbathing. According to his own statement, his feet got stuck and soon after started to sizzle. When he wrenched them up, the skin fell off. He was disembarked and flown home, but his limb had to be amputated below the knee due to infection spread.
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