Pacific Princess cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9187887, owned by the Princess Cruises line (a Carnival Corporation brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are collision, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), pollution, machinery malfunctions.
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Pacific Princess accidents & incidents
At the Pacific 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.
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Pier collision accident
- October 14, 2016, while operating in the Mediterranean Sea (Europe), the vessel struck a breakwater at Villefranche-sur-Mer (port to Nice, France) in the morning (at ~6 am). According to a local news media, firefighters and divers responded after a leak was found in the ship’s mechanical compartment 2. The accident occurred in rough seas, with strong winds of over 50 mph (80 kph), causing the ship’s portside hull to hit rocks at the harbor’s entrance. Just as the vessel passed the harbor’s opening in the breakwater, a sudden gust of wind hit and skidded it into the breakwater’s wall. The ship was moving under its own power, but docking was assisted by a tug boat. Damage assessment revealed a significant below waterline hull breach that required drydock for repairs.
- The cruise was officially cancelled. All passengers were disembarked and accommodated in Nice hotels overnight. On October 15, they were transported via chartered buses to Barcelona (Spain) for their home flights on October 16. The ship was repaired in Genoa (Italy).
- When the accident occurred, the ship was carrying a total of 669 cruise passengers and 382 crew, sailing on a 12-day itinerary from Venice to Barcelona (October 4-16), with ports of call Dubrovnik, Kotor, Cephalonia Island, Valletta Malta, Livorno, Portofino, and Nice.
- Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).
- In 2009, the vessel was reported and fined twice for pollution, violating the Alaskan wastewater quality standard for copper. Wastewater tests (conducted on Sept 1 and Oct 23) showed copper concentration levels higher than the allowed norms.
- August 12, 2017, the ship suffered a power failure, so its departure from homeport Dover UK was delayed by ~4 hours. The incident resulted in itinerary changes. The first call port (Jersey, St Helier, Channel Islands) was cancelled and the next call port (Waterford Ireland) was rescheduled (early arrival on Aug 14). The accident occurred on a 8-day Ireland and Scotland cruise (itinerary August 12-20 roundtrip from Dover) also visiting Dublin Ireland and Leith-Edinburgh Scotland.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- March 14, 2016, a male crew suffered serious injuries after falling down an elevator shaft. The man was found unconscious. On March 16, he was medevaced on a boat and transported via helicopter to a land hospital in Mumbai India (the nearest port along the itinerary). The incident occurred during a 17-day “World Cruise 2016” segment from Hong Kong to Dubai (itinerary March 1 – 18) visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Colombo, Mangalore, Muscat.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- July 2004, CDC reported on the voyage July 25 to Aug 17, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 57 passengers (out of 618, or 9,2%) and 10 crew (out of 384, or 2,6%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, but predominantly diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.
- June 2006, unofficially was reported a Norovirus outbreak on the ship with infected 40 passengers (or 5,9% of all – no data for infected drew). The ship was operating in Southeast Asia.
- June 2007, the ship reported on the 10-days Hawaiian voyage (May 27 to June 6), a total of 20 passengers (or 3% of all) and 5 crew (or 1,3% of all) suffered from Noro virus symptoms.
- December-January 2008, CDC reported on the voyage Dec 15 to Jan 10, a Norovirus outbreak affected 50 passengers (out of 642, or 7,8%) and 6 crew (out of 369, or 1,6%).
- 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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