Star Princess cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9296200, owned by the Princess Cruises line (a Carnival Corporation brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are fire, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), pollution, rescue, machinery malfunctions.
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Star Princess accidents & incidents
At the Star 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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- March 23, 2006, at ~3 am, a fire broke out midship-portside, in the passenger sections. A whistle over the ship’s PA system woke up all passengers. The Captain ordered them to go to the respective muster stations. After checking, passengers were stationed in various big-capacity public facilities on the ship (like the theater lounge and the dining room restaurants) for ~7 hours. Crew went to some cruise cabins to retrieve the medications of passengers needing regular medication. The evacuation was done orderly, through smoke-filled hallways. Then the ship’s lifeboats were lowered, but by that time the fire was already extinquished. The vessel continued to and entered into the itinerary’s next call port Montego Bay Jamaica under its own power. This was a round-trip Eastern Caribbean cruise from homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida.
- Investigation report said the fire was caused by a lit cigarette left on a passenger veranda. The fire melt the plastic dividers between the verandas and lit their plastic furniture. All Princess cruise ship balcony partitions were made of polycarbonate (an approved material). As result of the accident, on decks 9 to 12 a total of 171 cruise cabins were severely damaged (79 of them completely destroyed), and another 112 sustained smoke damage. A male passenger died from asphyxia due to smoke inhalation (see in “death accidents” below).
- The balconies’ highly combustible dividers and all the plastic furniture produced a large quantity of thick black smoke. Unfortunately, their glass doors were neither fire resistant nor automatically closing. The verandas also lacked fire suppression systems. Another reason for the fire to spread so quickly was that the fire zone (outside) was without any structural boundaries. After Star Princess fire accident, all cruise cabin balconies (including on vessels of other lines’ fleets) were fitted with sprinklers. Their plastic lounge furniture was replaced with another, made of a non-combustible material.
- After sustaining major damages, the vessel was moved to Bahamas and prepared for a Transatlantic relocation to Germany. Drydock repairs were done in Bremerhaven by the Lloyd-Werft shipbuilding company. All the remaining cruises in the Caribbean were cancelled and replaced by a set of European voyages in the Baltic Sea. The ship returned to service on May 15, 2006, for Baltic cruises out of homeport Copenhagen Denmark.
- You can read the complete fire accident report issued by MAIB in pdf here (opens in new tab).
- March 10, 2012, the ship was transiting from South America to Australia, when 3 passengers noted and notified the crew about a fishing boat in distress, ~100 ml / 160 km at sea. She was drifting, and her 3 seamen (all of Panamanian origin) were waving toward the ship. However, the cruise ship didn’t stop. Several weeks later, in the region of the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) a fishing boat was recovered with only 1 survivor – the 18-year-old Adrian Vasquez. The boat was drifting for 28 days. During that time, 2 of the 3 sailors aged 24 (Oropeces Betancourt) and 16 (Fernando Osario) died. The incident’s investigation report said that according to the shipowner Princess Cruises, the Captain was not notified of the sighting. Later, the Princess line confirmed that a crew was alerted by a passenger, and that the crew actually conveyed the sighting to the navigation bridge. When the ship’s confirmed with an entry showing that the cruise ship deviated her course to avoid some fishing nets. In the log was also mentioned that the fishermen were waving toward the ship “expressing thanks for avoiding their nets”.
- June 6, 2012 (law news), the sole survivor on the disabled fishing boat – Adrian Vasquez – filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade courthouse against Princess Cruises. The line argued that it (as a company) had no legal duty to assist seafarers in distress in open seas. The line’s lawyers cited the Brussels Convention (aka “Salvage Treaty”), according to which while the Captain is obliged to assist disabled vessels at sea, the cruise company itself has no such legal obligations.
- October 4, 2006, the ship was operating on a Canada New England itinerary. When docked in St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador), all passengers were forced to leave the vessel. It was extensively searched, after some passengers reported seeing a stranger leaving the ship. During the search, the local police found and removed 3 suspicious packages. The ship was cleared and left the port ~3 hours late than scheduled.
- January 11, 2008, an incinerator room fire broke out on service deck 3. Via the PA system, the Captain commanded the crew to respond to the emergency. A few minutes later, he came on again and announced that a small fire had been put out. The ship was on a 14-day South American voyage and en-route from Buenos Aires Argentina to Falkland Islands.
- August 2008, the ship was reported for pollution, violating the Alaskan wastewater quality standard for copper (concentration levels were higher than allowed).
- On July 1 and August 2, 2012, USCG reported “material failure” (unspecified mechanical incidents).
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- March 23, 2006, a 72-year-old male passenger died during the 206 fire accident in Jamaica. The man (Richard Liffridge) was a former military personnel with 20 years of service in the US Air Force. He died from “asphyxia secondary to smoke inhalation”.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- March 23, 2006, a total of 13 passengers suffered from significant smoke inhalation, leading to respiratory complications.
- July 31, 2013, an online news media reported a female crew was allegedly sexually assaulted by 2 male crew. The incident occurred between 4-6 am, when the ship was on an Alaskan cruise from homeport Seattle WA, and en-route to Juneau AK. Later along the itinerary was reported that the woman doesn’t want to pursue the matter (further investigation). No arrests and charges were made.
- February 20, 2017, a 73-year-old female passenger was medevaced from the ship (en-route to Ensenada, Baja Mexico), approx 140 km / 85 ml southwest of San Diego CA. The elderly woman was experiencing severe abdominal pains. An USCG flight crew (MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter) was dispatched from from San Diego.
- April 5, 2017, the USCG assisted 2 medevacs (by helicopters) while the ship was in Sea of Cortez. The first was of a passenger with a medical issue, and the second – of a female crew who suffered a serious head injury after falling.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- For July and August 2003, CDC had two consecutive Norovirus outbreaks on the Princess Star ship while operating in Alaska. Unfortunately, the CDC website doesn’t have them anymore, and lists only the voyages’ dates – voyage July 26 to August 2, and voyage August 2 to 9. An alternative data source reports, that on the second voyage (Aug 2-9, round-trip Alaskan cruise from Seattle WA) a total of 107 passengers and 14 crew suffered from Noro virus infection.
- December 2007, passengers reported a GI / Norovirus outbreak (unspecified number of infected people) on voyage Dec 3 to 20. The ship was on an 18-day westbound Transatlantic repositioning cruise from Europe to Florida (Civitavecchia /Rome to Port Everglades /Fort Lauderdale).
- On January 16, 2012, the shipowner Princess Cruises announced its disappointment of the government of the Falkland Islands (UK territory in South America) not allowing the Star ship to dock at Port Stanley. The decision was based on the fear of spreading the Norovirus illness in Port Stanley, since a total of 74 passengers and crew on the ship suffered from the contagious Noro virus. During this incident, the ship was on a 14-day South American cruise from Chile to Brazil (Valparaiso/Santiago to Rio De Janeiro).
- April-May 2015, CDC reported on voyage Apr 29 to May 14, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 135 passengers (out of 2588, or 5,2%) and 16 crew (out of 1093, or 1,5%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on a 15-day cruise to Hawaii round-trip from homeport San Francisco, CA.
- October-November 2015, after CBC News picked up the story, Princess Cruises confirmed that a total of 78 passengers and crew were infected with Noro virus during the 15-days Hawaii cruise roundtrip from Vancouver BC (Canada). The itinerary (Sept 19 to Oct 4) included as call ports the Hawaiian islands Hilo, Lahaina (Maui), Honolulu (Oahu) and Nawiliwili (Kauai).
- 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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