Marella Discovery cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel (formerly Splendour Of The Seas, aka TUI Discovery) with IMO number 9070632, owned by TUI Marella Cruises. Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), drug smuggling, machinery malfunctions.
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Marella Discovery accidents & incidents
At the Splendour Of The Seas / TUI Discovery CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Marella Cruises ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents (including as Splendour Of The Seas in the fleet of Royal Caribbean International). 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 Thomson / Marella Cruises Marella Discovery 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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.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 (Splendour Of The Seas)
- October 22, 2015, at ~8 am the vessel experienced an engine room fire accident that lasted for ~2 hours. Fire was contained and extinquished by the onboard fire suppression system. During that time, the ship lost power and was drifting at sea. All passengers from cabin decks 2 and 3 were mustered to the lifeboat stations, with their life jackets on.
- The incident resulted in reduced cruising speed (running on 1 engine only) and an itinerary change (call port Argostoli was dropped). Serious smoke damages suffered crew areas (on service deck 1) and public areas and passenger cabins on the two lower decks (2 and 3). Royal Caribbean officially reported 1 passenger and 20 crew members suffering from smoke inhalation. They were treated at the onboard infirmary and later released.
- Unofficially, passengers on board reported intense smell of burning rubber and plastic throughout the whole ship, and that decks 2-3 were completely evacuated due to “choking smoke”.
- The incident occurred while the ship was en-route from Mykonos to Argostoli (Kefalonia island) on a 7-days Eastern Mediterranean (Greek Isles) cruise itinerary (Oct 17 to 24) round-trip from homeport Venice Italy with call ports in Montenegro (Kotor) and Greece (Corfu, Piraeus-Athens, Mykonos, Argostoli).
- (Splendour Of The Seas) April 6, 2011, the ship arrived as scheduled in Gibraltar (UK territory), but the Captain decided not to disembark passengers in the port due to safety reasons (high waves). The port was left 3 hours later due to problems with the vessel’s refueling.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- (Splendour Of The Seas) February 7, 2014, a 47-year-old male passenger jumped overboard and died when the ship was in Uruguayan waters. The body was recovered. The man (of Brazilian origin) was in a life jacket when jumped from deck 7 into the water.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- (Splendour Of The Seas) June 2014, the ship was on a 7-night Mediterranean cruise itinerary to Greece and Turkey (started June 7) when a male passenger jumped overboard. The vessel sharply turned (the ship listed badly), rescue boat was lowered and the man (in his 20s) was successfully rescued. He was traveling together with his parents and brother. Investigation showed the extremely inebriated young man first tried to start a fire. Security was called, and when they arrived he ran and jumped over the railing at ~4:30 am on June 13. The code “Oscar” 9 (man overboard) was called out by the security staff. The man was held in the infirmary until the arrival in Venice.
Drug smuggling incident
- (Splendour Of The Seas) March 22, 2015, while the ship was docked in Buenos Aires, Argentina, local police arrested two male crew (a Croatian and a Chilean in origin). Both were charged for drug smuggling of a total 15,8 kilos of cocaine. Both men had drugs taped to their bodies, some hidden in a backpack. The large quantity of drugs was found in their cabins using 8 sniffer dogs. The drugs worth was ~EUR 1 million. The had arrived in Buenos Aires from Punta del Este, and about to start a Transatlantic repositioning cruise (Brazil to Europe crossing).
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- (Splendour Of The Seas) November 2005, CDC reported on voyage Nov 12 to 26, a major Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected a total of 135 passengers (out of 1592, or 8,5%) and 12 crew (out of 729, or 1,7%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was operating on an 14-days cruise itinerary ending in homeport Galveston Texas.
- 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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