Ventura cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9333175, owned by Carnival Corporation and operated by its subsidiary the P&O Cruises line company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
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P&O Ventura accidents & incidents
At the Ventura CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of P&O Cruises Ventura ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents. Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media media sources, Wikipedia and Coast Guard reports.
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- December 2008, a “passenger rebellion” was reported by the UK news media The Sunday Times. The incident occurred during the 2008’s Caribbean cruise for Christmas and New Year (leaving round-trip from homeport Bridgetown Barbados). Described as “cruise from hell”, the ship experienced a loutish behavior by a large group of discount-priced passengers. The incident resulted in two families being expelled from the ship. Also, due to bad weather, there was a major itinerary change – 3 of the scheduled call ports were dropped.
- October 17, 2012, while crossing the Bay of Biscay in rough sea conditions, the vessel suffered a serious structural damage. It was a large crack (3″ / 7,6 cm wide) running horizontally (stretching the entire width of Lido Deck 15) and also vertically, damaging some of the cabin balconies on Riviera Deck 14 below. The damaged Deck 15 area was sectioned off. All Riviera Deck passengers occupying balcony cabins were ordered not to use their verandas. The ship underwent repairs in homeport Southampton on Oct 19.
- March 16, 2013, during the 14-days Transatlantic repositioning cruise from Barbados to UK (itinerary March 8 to 22, departing from Bridgetown to Southampton), the ship experienced a propulsion problem (starboard motor failure). The incident resulted in a reduced cruising speed during the Atlantic Ocean crossing and an itinerary change. The call port Funchal Madeira was dropped (replaced by a short stop in Ponta Delgada, Azores) in order to maintain the Southampton schedule. From Southampton, the ship proceeded directly to Bremerhaven (Germany) for a 2-week long scheduled drydock.
- October 25, 2014, while operating on a Canary Islands itinerary from Southampton, the ship experienced an engine problem. The incident occurred at ~6 am. Shortly after leaving the Tenerife island, two of the vessel’s six Wartsila diesel engines failed, resulting in a total power loss. Soon the back-up generators started to provide electrical power. After ~40 min of drifting at sea, the engines were restarted. Unofficially, passengers reported a similar power loss accident that happened on the previous Mediterranean itinerary from Southampton, right after leaving call port Genoa Italy.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- October 10, 2015, a male passengers was reported fell overboard. The incident occurred at ~4:30 am, while the ship was in the English Channel waters (south of Isle of Wight) returning from a 14-days Mediterranean cruise itinerary out of Southampton England (Sept 27 to Oct 10). Immediately after the man was reported missing, the ship conducted a search and rescue operation, sailing in circles. The nearly 12 hours long operation was also assisted by rescue teams from RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), the UK’s MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) and other vessels. Unfortunately, the man’s body was not found. The ship’s arrival in Southampton port was delayed by 5 1/2 hours.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- October 28, 2011, several UK news media reported about a rescue operation regarding a 21-year-old male passenger who jumped overboard in early morning (at ~5:30 am). Miraculously, he was pulled out of the water alive. The incident occurred on a 15-days Transatlantic repositioning crossing from Southampton to Caribbean (ending in Bridgetown Barbados). The man (travelling with his parents) went overboard from Sun Deck 16 (above Lido Deck 15). Right after the jump was reported, the ship dropped flame floats, beacons and life rings on both its sides (port and starboard) and two rescue boats were deployed. After the boats launch, the ship started turning around. Due to its cruising speed of ~23 mph / 37 kph, the maneuver was accomplished by ~6 am (30 min after the jump). At ~6:20 am, the floating man was sighted and ~15 min later was successfully recovered. He was brought back on board after being in the cold Atlantic Ocean waters and in pitch black darkness for over an hour.
- November 15, 2015, the ship docked in call port Le Havre (to Paris, France) as part of a 3-day Mini Cruise itinerary roundtrip from Southampton (Nov 14-17) also visiting Zeebrugge/Bruge (Belgium). However, due to security reasons, all pre-booked P&O Cruises excursions in Paris were canceled as response to the terrorist attacks in Paris (Nov 15, mass shootings and suicide bombings) that resulted in 139 dead and 430 injured.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- June 2008, on the newly launched ship, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) affected a total of 20 passengers. All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (severe vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps) and were quarantined to their cabins. To the infected passengers, shore excursion costs were refunded and room service provided. The incident occurred on a 14-days Mediterranean cruise from homeport Southampton. This was the vessel’s 6th voyage after the inauguration on April 16, 2008.
- 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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