Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess
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Sapphire Princess cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9228186, 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), pollution, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Sapphire Princess position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 116,000-ton 2680-passenger Princess cruise ship Sapphire was built in 2004 by the Mitsubishi shipbuilding company in Japan.

Sapphire Princess accidents & incidents

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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Technical incidents

  • While operating in Alaska, the vessel was involved in two whale killing incidents. Dead whales were found stuck on its bulbous bow. The first incident was reported on July 25, 2009, when the ship was docked in Vancouver BC, when a dead Fin Whale (~70 ft / 21 m long) was found lodged on top of the bow. The second incident was reported on on July 28, 2010, when a humpback whale (~40 ft / 12 m) was found on the bow. The whale became entangled when the ship was en-route to JuneauAK from from Ketchikan AK. Both incidents were reported to USCG and investigated by federal authorities.
  • July 12, 2010, passengers reported a severe listing on the 7-day Alaskan cruise from Seattle (starting July 4 to 11). The incident occurred around dinner time, when the water level was reported reaching the dining room restaurant’s windows (deck 5). The listing lasted for ~1 min. Several minutes later, the Captain announced via the PA system, that a humpback whale had traversed in front and the ship took evasive maneuver to avoid it.
  • May 27, 2010, the vessel was reported and sanctioned 5 times for pollution in Alaska.
  • September 7, 2011, at the end of its Alaskan season, the ship was involved in a weather related incident. Sudden gusts of wind (over 30 mph / 50 kph) prompted the vessel to increase power to maneuver into the Casey Moran Harbor (Ketchikan AK). By doing that, it swamped with water a small boat (20 ft / 6 m long), also damaging the float dock the boat was attached to. Another metal boat on another float dock was swamped too. The Princess line arranged for both sunk boats to be re-floated.
  • Originally, in 2014 the ship was scheduled to operate on Alaskan cruises, but the shipowner decided to re-position her to Asia. All Alaska and most of the Hawaiian cruises in 2014 were cancelled. Until the start of the Asian summer 2014 program, she operated on short round-trip cruises from homeport Los Angeles CA. On April 3, 2014, she was relocated to Asia with a 25-days Transpacific cruise to Osaka Japan from Los Angeles. The repositioning itinerary had as ports of call Honolulu (Hawaii), Guam, Keelung (Taiwan), Okinawa (Japan), Shanghai (China), Kagoshima and Osaka (Japan). The vessel’s 2014 Alaskan program was re-scheduled and operated by the fleetmate Crown Princess.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • September 24, 2009, a female passenger jumped overboard in a suicide attempt. The woman (Edelgard Carney, from California) jumped intentionally and killed her self at ~6:10 am when the ship was in Alaska, ~20 ml / 320 km south of call port Ketchikan AK. The CCTV camera showed her jumping off the ship’s stern. The incident report mentioned that the woman had a life-threatening illness.
  • August 7, 2014, a 29-year-old female passenger was found dead in one of the vessel’s swimming pools. After the investigation, the woman was presumed drowned. The incident occurred on Lido Deck 14 forward, in the Neptune Pool, when the ship was on an Asian cruise and en-route from Shanghai (China) to Chejudo Island (South Korea). In 2015, the UK’s MAIB (“Maritime Accident Investigation Branch”) issued an investigation report on this Princess passenger drowning incident. The report stressed, that the pool was not supervised and monitored (without pool attendants and CCTV cameras). The medical team was unreasonably delayed. The male crew who first arrived at the scene to respond was not CPR trained. The man (of Serbian origin) called for medical emergency, but couldn’t communicate properly with the crew who answered the call (of Filipino origin) due to the language barrier. You can read the full report in PDF here (opens in a new tab).
  • September 10, 2016, a 67-year-old female passenger was reported jumped overboard (confirmed by a CCTV video). The woman (of Chinese origin, resident of Hunan Province) jumped from deck 15 while the cruise ship was in the Sea of Japan. The incident was reported to the Chinese authorities and the ship immediately reversed course to search for the missing passenger. Later, the vessel was cleared and authorized to continue to the scheduled Nagasaki port. China Coast Guard (Shanghai center) conducted a search and rescue operation, deploying 1 helicopter and 2 ships, but failed to find the body. The accident occurred at ~10:30 pm, while the ship was en-route from Shanghai (China) to Nagasaki (Japan) and Cheju (South Korea) on a 4-day itinerary (Sept 10-14).

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • January 14, 2010, four families with kids were forcibly removed from the ship in call port Cabo San Lucas Mexico. The all had to fly back to LA on their own expenses. The ship was on a Christmas cruise to Mexican Riviera from homeport Los Angeles CA. The families were expelled on the Xmas Day (Dec 25). The reason for the Captain’s decision was that on the previous day, the ship’s security crew spotted on CCTV cameras the kids throwing food and other items overboard.
  • August 11, 2014, a 29-year-old female passenger (of Chinese origin) was found dead in the Calypso swimming pool on Lido Deck 14. The accident happened on the 2nd day of a short cruise from China to South Korea, while the ship was en-route to Jejudo Island (aka Jeju) from Shanghai (Baoshan port).
  • August 5, 2015, an 8-year-old girl (of Chinese origin) was found unconscious in a swimming pool on Spa Deck 15. The kid was traveling together with her mother on a 4-days cruise from China to Japan and Korea (leaving homeport Baoshan Shanghai on Aug 2 to call ports Fukuoka and Jeju Island). The mother let her to play in the paddling pool (for kids only) and was relaxing beside the pool when she noticed her daughter was missing. CCTV camera footage showed the kid had been in difficulties for ~9 min. The ship’s med staff used ventilator to keep her breathing until the arrival in Shanghai (at ~3 am on Aug 6). The kid reached alive the Shanghai’s Xinhua Hospital ~12 hours after the incident.
  • October 18, 2015, a total of 13 Chinese cruise passengers (7 men, 6 women) gradually disappeared during a sponsored by Princess Cruises excursion in South Korea. All of the missing passengers disembarked the Princess Sapphire ship in the morning of Oct 18 for a day-long shore excursion. They ran away from the tourist group in small groups (of 2-3 people) during the organized sightseeing city tour in call port Busan.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • On June 5, 2010, an online news media reported that the Princess line confirmed a Norovirus outbreak affecting a total of 96 passengers and 18 crew. All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea). The ship was on a 7-day Alaskan cruise leaving round-trip from homeport Seattle WA. After the passenger disembarkation at Terminal 91, the crew was sanitizing the vessel for ~2 hours before the next embarkation. Local authorities were notified of the illness outbreak. CDC didn’t investigate the incident.
  • 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.

Sapphire Princess current position


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