Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess
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Ruby Princess cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9378462, 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), machinery malfunctions, christening bad luck.

Here you can also track MS Ruby Princess position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 113,000-ton 3100-passenger Princess cruise ship Ruby was built in 2008 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

Ruby Princess accidents & incidents

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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Christening incident

  • Incidents during ship christening ceremonies are considered very ominous. The vessel’s christening ceremony was scheduled for October 16, 2008, but was cancelled. The previous night, a 43-year-old worker died in an onboard accident. The man was a supervisor at the shipbuilder Fincantieri’s yard in Monfalcone (Trieste, Italy). He was killed upon trying to squeeze through a watertight door. The heavy door closed upon him. This unfortunate event resulted in an ~8 hours strike, with almost 2000 Italian workers protesting and calling for improved security at work.

Technical incidents

  • October 1, 2013, the vessel was docked in call port Kusadasi (port to Esebius, Turkey), when it broke all mooring lines due to strong winds and drifted out of berth. A tug boat at the stern kept the ship from drifting away from the dock. No injuries or damages were reported.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • Fortunately, no such accidents were reported so far.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • May 27, 2011, at ~2 am a male crew jumped overboard into the water, but was rescued alive. The ship was on a Eastern Mediterranean cruise from Greece to Italy (Athens to Venice). The Captain announced via the PA system that a man fell overboard and the ship is turning around for a search and rescue operation. After ~2 hours, the man (working on the ship as a cook) was located and saved.
  • January 25, 2014, a male passenger fell off the dock in the water. A crew threw a life preserver and guided him to the ladder. Since the man was exhausted, 2 security men got down, grabbed and hauled him up. The man was not injured and declined calling an ambulance. He was wheeled onto the ship in a wheelchair.
  • September 24, 2016, a 47-year-old male crew (experiencing heart attack symptoms) was USCG-medevaced at ~2 am when the ship was approx 15 km (9 ml) southwest of San Diego (Point Loma). The USCG deployed an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The man was airlifted and transferred to a local hospital.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • July 28, 2009, after docking in call port Venice Italy, the vessel was briefly seized (for ~1 hour) by the Italian authorities. Three passengers and 4 crew were previously reported by the ship suffering from swine flu (pig influenza) symptoms – fever, headache, coughing. All the sick were quarantined to their cabins. Two of the passengers were disembarked and treated ashore, the other infected were showing progress and remained on the ship.
  • February-March 2012, CDC reported on a 7-days voyage from Fort Lauderdale (Feb 26 to Mar 4), a Norovirus outbreak affected 129 passengers (out of 3147, or 4,1%) and 9 crew (out of 1179, or 0,8%).
  • August -September 2012, CDC reported on a 25-days voyage (Aug 21 to Sept 13), a Norovirus outbreak affected 114 passengers (out of 1778, or 6,4%) and 11 crew (out of 851, or 1,3%). The incident occurred during the ship’s repositioning from Asia to USA via Alaska (Beijing China to San Francisco CA).
  • October 2012, CDC reported on a 19-days voyage (Oct 9 to 28), a Norovirus outbreak affected 149 passengers (out of 2971, or 5%) and 14 crew (out of 1177, or 1,2%).
  • March 2013, CDC reported on the voyage March 3 to 10, a major Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 266 passengers (out of 3129, or 8,5%) and 10 crew (out of 1189, or 0,8%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise leaving from homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida.
  • 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.

Ruby Princess current position


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