This is a hub-page for cruise ship accidents and incidents reports. We offer you here statistics and data on the “unpleasant cruise” events at sea, such as cruise ship disasters (sunk, run aground, collision, fire, mechanical problems, illness/Norovirus outbreaks), and also on cruise crew and passenger incidents – death or injury (jumps, overboard/missing, drowning, suicide, violence/assault, sexual crime).
If you want to read the statistical information only, you can skip the following introduction and go directly to the cruise ship accidents-incidents reports tables, or search the separate tables by line from this list:
- Royal Caribbean
- Princess Cruises
- P&O Cruises
- Costa Cruises
- MSC Cruises
- Holland America
- NCL Norwegian
- Celebrity Cruises
- and other cruise lines.
Cruise Ship Accident
The list of major cruise ship accident types we are reporting here includes:
- disaster (sunk, run aground, collision)
- mechanical problems (fire, smoke, propulsion problems, etc), often resulting in cruise cancellations.
- illness outbreak (Norovirus, GI/GastroIntestinal, other sickness issues). It often results in delayed embarkation and/or itinerary changes, sometimes even cruise cancellation.
- crew, worker/passenger death (jump overboard, drowning in main pool, suicide)
- crew or passenger injury (including rape, assault, fall from dock)
- other (crime/robbery, pollution, weather/storm causing itinerary change/delays, etc).
Most common cruise ship accidents are caused by:
- rogue waves (up to 100 ft / 30 m)
- storms (10 storms per season on avrg)
- fires (a total of 72 cruise ship fires in the period between 1990 and 2011)
- collisions (5 cruise ships sunk by hitting rocks, reefs, icebergs in the period between 1990 and 2011).
Cruise ship crime incidents
A 2008 poll reports 10% of cruise passengers were affected by some sort of crime. In the period 2002-2007, FBI prosecuted only a quarter of all cruise crimes reported then, of which:
- 55% sexual assaults
- 22% physical assaults
- 7% homicides
- 5% missing persons.
It’s a fact, that most of cruise crime cases remain unreported.
Cruise ship disease incidents
Major cruise passenger sickness incidents, according to CDC, could be categorized as:
- Norovirus (see the above link) – an average of 15 major cruise ship virus outbreaks per year
- Influenza – a frequent cruise passenger illness which is transmissible between the crew and the guests on subsequent (“back to back”) cruises
- Legionnaire’s disease (Legionellosis, aka “Legion Fever”- form of pneumonia, not airborne, not person-to-person transmissible) – only 50 incidents reported over a 30 year period.
Cruise ship accidents claims
The 4 biggest ever mistakes a passenger can possibly make are:
- Failing to read and understand the terms and conditions of the cruise ticket contract. Given to all passengers before they embark on a cruise, the cruise ticket contract contains all the limitations against the cruise ship line/company and the specific terms for filing an injury claim.
- Failing to report the cruise accident/injury immediately after it occurred. In order to receive compensation, a person on board the cruise ship should act immediately to report the incident/injury, collect witnesses’ testimonies, and document about the claim.
- Settling for less. After being injured, a cruise passenger is likely to be shortchanged by the cruise line/company, who will want to settle the claim by offering worthless gifts (like vouchers, for example).
- Not seeking proper medical care. Most passengers will visit the ship’s medical center after being injured, but will fail to follow up with their doctors once they of the ship/get home. For a positive outcome regarding the claim, it is important to document the injuty/injuries as much as possible.
Know, that maritime law is often confusing even to experts. Get in touch with an experienced attorney specialized in cruise ship accident claims to help you avoid these common mistakes and receive the compensation you’re entitled to.
Cruise accidents and incidents in this article are grouped by line.
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|Carnival Cruise Lines ships||Date / Accident Type|
|Carnival Conquest||2015 – Apr 15 (passenger death) jet ski crash
2014 – Jan 14 (family of 5 robbed at gunpoint in Roatan)
|Carnival Dream||2014 – May 07 (39 Cubans rescued)
2013 – Mar 04 (mechanical)
|Carnival Ecstasy||2014 – Mar 25 (41 Cubans rescued)
2013 – Apr 17 (power loss)
|Carnival Elation||2013 – Mar 9 (mechanical)|
|Carnival Legend||2013 – Mar 13 (technical)
2010 – Feb 13 (mechanical)
2009 – Sept 20 (crash with RCCL Enchantment)
2007 – Sept 02 (power loss)
2006 – May 20 (passenger death)
2005 – Aug 03 (fire)
2002 – Aug 21 (christening bad luck)
|Carnival Magic||2014 – Mar 22 (delayed cruise due to collision between a fuel barge and a tanker)|
|Carnival Miracle||2014 – Apr 18 (mechanical) itinerary changes
2014 – Feb 22 (injury) female passenger overboard (recovered on board)
2014 – Jan 25 (illness/Norovirus), at least 40-50 passengers got sick
|Carnival Paradise||2014 – Mar 4 (24 Cubans rescued)|
|Carnival Spirit||2014 – Jul 07 (passenger overboard, missing)
2013 – May 09 (passenger overboard, missing)
|Carnival Splendor||2014 – Jan 20 (crew member dead in his cabin/unexplained)
2012 – Feb 23 (armed robbery)
2010 – Nov 08 (engine room fire)
|Carnival Triumph||2015 – Mar 17 (passenger overboard) found dead
2014 – Feb 01 (power loss) electrical breaker failed
|Carnival Valor||2014 – Feb 10 (cabin fire)
2013 – Dec 21 (5 people rescued) 2 women and 3 men rescued from a sinking motor yacht off the Sint Maarten island.
|Carnival Victory||2013 – Oct 13 (passenger death/drowning).|
|Royal Caribbean ships||Date / Accident Type|
|Adventure Of The Seas||2014 – Mar 23 – (mechanical) All propulsion lost
2014 – Mar 20 – (mechanical) Propulsion problems forced the ship to change itinerary
2013 – Dec 29 (death/missing) Canadian passenger Tien Phuoc Nguyen jumped overboard/missing
|Allure Of The Seas||–|
|Brilliance Of The Seas||–|
|Enchantment Of The Seas||–|
|Explorer Of The Seas||2014 – Jan 25 (illness) ship returns 2 days early after gastrointestinal sickness outbreak|
|Freedom Of The Seas||2013 – Dec 9 (illness) ~3 hours after departure had to turn back to Port Canaveral because of a medical emergency
Dec 05 (illness) had to return to St Maarten a little after departure due to medical emergency
Dec 04 (illness) instead of St Thomas stopped at San Juan because of 3 medical emergencies
|Grandeur Of The Seas||2013 – May 25 (fire accident); 2014 – Mar 28 – Apr 05 (illness) Norovirus outbreak|
|Independence Of The Seas||2014 – Apr 02 (death) two dockworkers died while assisting in un-berthing of the ship|
|Jewel Of The Seas||–|
|Legend Of The Seas||2015 – Apr 13 (illness / GI)|
|Liberty Of The Seas||2015 – Mar 22 (passenger overboard)|
|Majesty Of The Seas||2014 – Jan 18 (illness) 68 people/Norovirus|
|Mariner Of The Seas||–|
|Navigator Of The Seas||2014 – Mar 22 (delayed cruise due to collision between a fuel barge and a tanker)|
|Oasis Of The Seas||2014 – Jan 3 (power loss) generator failure
2013 – Dec 28 (illness) unknown number Norovirus passengers
|Quantum Of The Seas||2014 – Jun 5 (fire accident) at the shipyard during construction works|
|Radiance Of The Seas||–|
|Rhapsody Of The Seas||2013 – Dec 21 (death) male passenger overboard (rescue operation found the body)|
|Serenade Of The Seas||–|
|Splendour Of The Seas||2015 – Mar 22 – 2 crew members arrested for smuggling cocaine
2014 – Feb 7 (death) While docked in Santos, a 47 yo Brazilian male passenger jumped overboard from 7th floor (suicide)
|Vision Of The Seas||–|
|Voyager Of The Seas||–|
|Princess Cruises ships||Date / Accident Type|
|Caribbean Princess||2014 – Jan 30 (illness) Gastrointestinal illness caused the ship return 36 hours earlier
Jan 12 (illness) NoroVirus
Jan 11 (illness) Increase in the number of Norovirus passengers
2012 – Mar 12 (propulsion motor)
|Coral Princess||2015 – Apr 27 (illness/Norovirus)
2013 – May 2 (fire on board)
|Crown Princess||2015 – May 28 (fire on board)
2014 – Apr 10 (illness/Norovirus)
2013 – Apr 13 (toilet outage)
2006 – Jul 18 (human error listing)
2002 – Jan-Feb (illness/Norovirus)
|Dawn Princess||2014 – Nov 28 (illness/Norovirus)|
|Diamond Princess||2014 – Jan 15 (illness) ~60 crew/passengers contracted Norovirus|
|Emerald Princess||2011 – May 17 (collusion with fuel barge in St Petersburg)
2010 – July 25 (electricity supply failure)
|Grand Princess||2014 – Aug 4 (mechanical) Engine problem forces the ship to return to Seattle
2014 – Jan 7 (death) Crew worker jumped overboard
|Royal Princess||2013 – Sept 22 (power loss, Mediterranean)|
|Ruby Princess||2014 – Jan 25 (injury) passenger ended up in water, after falling off the dock|
|Sapphire Princess||2014 – Aug 7 (death) passenger drowns in a swimming pool
2013 – Dec 20 (illness) passengers on land hospitalization, itinerary change
2009-2010 – Alaska (dead whales on bulbous bow)
|Sea Princess||2006 – May (sickness outbreak/250p)|
|Star Princess||2006 – March 23 (fire on board, 1 dead passenger, 13 injured)|
|Sun Princess||2014 – Jan 12 (death) Investigation into the medical treatment and death of a passenger.
2014 – Jan 3 (illness) Norovirus – the line is thought to allegedly knew about the outbreak, but didn’t tell passengers until the ship sailed
|P&O Cruises ships||Date / Accident Type|
|P&O Aurora||2009 – March (World Cruise/Australia propulsion problems)
2005 – January (cancelled World Cruise due propulsion problems)
2001 – NYC WTC attacks
2003 – Oct (~500 Norovirus passengers, Piraeus/Athens quarantine)
2000 – April 27 (chistening) champagne bottle failed to shatter; May 1 (propulsion problems)
|P&O Oceana||2014 – Apr 03 – (propeller problems) which caused itinerary delay|
|P&O Oriana||2014 – Mar 03 – (propeller problems, followed by illness/Norovirus)
2014 – Feb 18 (technical/shaft)
2014 – Feb 02 (fire) After failure of PA system, the ship is 2 hours late
|Costa Cruises ships||Date / Accident Type|
|Costa Fascinosa||2015 – Mar 18 – terrorist attack, at least 19 people killed
2014 – Mar 19 – (death) male passenger overboard
|Costa Fortuna||2015 – Feb 22 – unspecified “technical problem”|
|Costa neoClassica||2014 – Mar 07 – (death) male passenger overboard (rescue operation could not find the body)
2010 – Oct 18 – (collision near Shanghai)
2009 – Jul 07 – (death) passenger disappearance
2008 – Jun 06 – (MSC Poesia collision)
|Costa neoRomantica||2015 – Mar 04 – The ship was hit by high waves which caused black-out and loss of power.|
|Costa Pacifica||2014 – Feb 27 (illness) Measles – The ship called on Civitavecchia. 59 crew members were infected and sent ashore for treatment.|
|Costa Concordia||2014 – Feb 01 (salvage worker death) Spanish diver died during salvage operation.|
|MSC Cruises ships||Date / Accident Type|
|MSC Splendida||2015 – Mar 18 – terrorist attack, at least 19 people killed|
|Holland America Line ships||Date / Accident Type|
|ms Maasdam||2015 – May 01 (illness) Norovirus outbreak
2014 – Mar 02-28 (illness) Norovirus outbreak
|ms Nieuw Amsterdam||2014 – Feb 14 (passenger injury – sexual assaulted and beat by crewmember)
2013 – Dec 11 (overboard) 70 yo passenger fell overboard while ship was docked at Grand Turk (was saved by crewmember)
|ms Veendam||2014 – Jan 3 (death) 88-years old female passenger gone overboard; Feb 8 (sickness outbreak)|
|ms Westerdam||2014 – Jun 28 (fire on board, no dead or injured)|
|NCL Norwegian Cruise Lines ships||Date / Accident Type|
|Norwegian Breakaway||2014 – Feb 3 (death/drowning, injury) 4-year-old kid died after being pulled from a swimming pool unresponsive. Another child airlifted to hospital.|
|Norwegian Dawn||2015 – May 19 (power loss, run aground)|
|Norwegian Gem||2015 – May 17 (passenger death/drowning) 10-year-old girl drowned in the swimming pool|
|Norwegian Pearl||2014 – Apr 07 (port cancelled) NCL cancelled port of Roatan stops after the murder on April 06
2014 – Apr 06 (death) a crewmember was killed in Roatan, Honduras.
|Norwegian Star||2014 – Jan 21 (Gastrointestinal sickness outbreak)|
|NCL Pride of America||–|
|Celebrity Cruises ships||Date / Accident Type|
|Celebrity Constellation||2014 – Feb 9 (power loss) lost power in Key West
2014 – Jan 29 (crew death, overboard, missing)
|Celebrity Eclipse||2013 – Apr 12 (armed robbery)|
|Celebrity Equinox||2015 – Feb 13-23 (illness / Norovirus outbreak)|
|Celebrity Infinity||2015 – Apr 11 (illness / GI)
2013 – Dec 20 (mechanical) water supply failure ~4 hr, bottled drinking water provided
|Celebrity Millennium||2013 – Aug 16 (mechanical, Alaska)|
|Celebrity Silhouette||2014 – Jul 12 (propulsion problems) select ports shortened during 2014 fall|
|Celebrity Summit||2012 – May 03 (drug bust).|
|Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises ships||Date / Accident Type|
|Disney Fantasy||2013 – Mar 30 (near drowning)|
|Other cruise lines ships||Date / Accident Type|
|AIDAluna||2014 – Feb 07 (passenger killed) German male murdered during armed robbery on Margarita Island/Venezuela|
|Azamara Journey||2014 – Feb 26 (Asia, damaged propeller)|
|Crystal Serenity||2014 – Aug 03 (itinerary changes) due to violent unrest|
|Cunard Queen Elizabeth||2015 – Apr 01 (passenger’s death) a woman died while attempting to board the ship from a tender|
|Cunard Queen Mary 2|
|Cunard Queen Victoria||2014 – Aug 14 (propulsion problems) earlier drydock, canceled cruises|
|Oceania Insignia||2014 – Dec 11 (engine fire, 3 dead)|
|Oceania Marina||2015 – May 7 (illness/Norovirus)|
|Regent Seven Seas Mariner||–|
|Regent Seven Seas Navigator||–|
|Regent Seven Seas Voyager||–|
|ms Paul Gauguin||–|
|Fred Olsen ms Balmoral||2015 – May 23 (illness/GI outbreak)
2015 – May 10 (illness/GI outbreak)
|Fred Olsen ms Black Watch||2014 – Jan 30 (death) Bob Horn, former reporter, drowned in South America after falling overboard.|
|Fred Olsen ms Boudicca||2015 – Jan 25 (engine fire, no injuries)|
|Fred Olsen ms Braemar||–|
|Thomson Celebration||2014 – Feb 01 (crime/injury) An elderly couple attacked and injured while on their Canary Islands cruise|
|Thomson Island Escape||–|
|TUI Mein Schiff 1||2014 – Aug 10 (collision with seismic survey vessel in Bergen, Norway)|
|Saga Pearl II||–|
|Saga Ruby||2013 – Dec 13 (technical) airconditioning power generator malfunction, canceled Caribbean cruise|
|Saga Sapphire||2014 – May 16 (fire) ship left stranded without power|
|ms Marco Polo||2014 – Feb 14 (passenger killed/bad weather)|
|mv Horizon||2015 – Apr 13 (passenger’s death) gone overboard|
|mv Ocean Countess (Majestic International)||2013 – Dec 1 (fire) seriously damaged superstructure.|
Cargo Ship Accidents
The most notorious of all cargo ship accidents regions of the world’s oceans are South China Sea, East Indies, Mediterranean (especially the Eastern Med), Black Sea, North Sea and the British Isles.
Cargo ships sinking caused by hull leaks, breaking in two (including due to running aground) or due to rough weather is nearly 50% of all annual vessel losses. In 2012, a total of 172 ships sunk (you can see the Wikipedia’s shipwrecks 2013 list.
One of the worst ever cargo ship accidents was the 2002 sinking of the oil tanker “Prestige”. The result was over 70,000 t oil spill into the Atlantic off the Spain’s coast – devastating as both environmental impact and economic losses (~8 billion euros).
Some of the factors leading to higher tanker and container ship accidents rates are:
- ship registration with bad flag state control countries
- older ships (over 10 years old)
- Note:The below ship accidents infographic is in a restricted size (click to enlarge).
Most of the marine accidents involve general cargo ships or fishing vessels. Running aground is the 2nd most common cause for ship accidents – vessels get wrecked or stranded caused by striking sea bottom, the shore or various underwater wrecks.
To read latest news and updates about recent cargo ship accidents and major marine vessel incidents and various news, you can check regularly the VesselFinder tracker’s news section.
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