Cruise Ship Accidents

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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:

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Cruise Ship Accident

The list of major cruise ship accident types we are reporting here includes:cruise ship accidents reports at ShipCruise.org

  • 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:cruise ship incidents reports at ShipCruise.org

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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 ship accidents and incidents reports

All events at sea listed in this article are grouped by line.

  • To view only 2015 events reports, you can search with “Ctrl + F” (keyboard combination) and type “2015” – all available results will be lightened up.
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Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Lines ships Date / Accident Type
Carnival Breeze 2015 – medevac
2012 – Aug 27 (moorings)
2012 – Jun 20 (fire)
2011 – fell off pier
Carnival Conquest 2015 – Apr 15 (passenger death) jet ski crash on Grand Cayman
2014 – Jan 14 (family of 5 robbed at gunpoint in Roatan)
2011 – Feb 21 (collision with fuel barge)
overboard jumps/falls – 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011
Norovirus/illness – 2002 (224 + 39)
Carnival Dream 2014 – May 07 (39 Cubans rescued)
engines/propulsion – 2011, 2013
Carnival Ecstasy 2014 – Mar 25 (41 Cubans rescued)
engines/propulsion – 2013
Carnival Elation engines/propulsion – 2000, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2013
overboard jumps/falls – 2000, 2003, 2005
Carnival Fantasy overboard jumps/falls – 2009
Carnival Fascination engines/propulsion – 2010, 2011
overboard jumps/falls – 2004, 2012
Norovirus/illness – 2002 (13 + 12)
Carnival Freedom engines/propulsion – 2011
Carnival Glory overboard jumps/falls – 2007, 2008, 2015
Norovirus/illness – 2010 (113 + 13), 2012 (205 + 3)
Carnival Imagination engines/propulsion – 2005, 2006
overboard jumps/falls – 2005, 2006, 2007
Carnival Inspiration engines/propulsion – 2002, 2008
overboard jumps/falls – 2006, 2009, 2011
Carnival Legend 2009 – Sept 20 (crash with RCCL Enchantment)
2005 – Aug 03 (fire)
2002 – Aug 21 (christening bad luck)
engines/propulsion – 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013
overboard jumps/falls – 2006, 2010
Norovirus/illness – 2003 (125 + 45)
Carnival Liberty engines/propulsion – 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012
overboard jumps/falls – 2007, 2010
Norovirus/illness – 2006 (536 + 143), 2009 (208 + 57)
Carnival Magic 2014 – Mar 22 (delayed cruise due to collision between a fuel barge and a tanker)
engines/propulsion – 2011
overboard jumps/falls – 2012, 2013
Carnival Miracle engines/propulsion – 2008, 2014
overboard jumps/falls – 2011, 2014
Norovirus/illness – 2014 (50)
Carnival Paradise 2014 – Mar 4 (24 Cubans rescued)
engines/propulsion – 2000, 2012, 2013
overboard jumps/falls – 2009
Carnival Pride engines/propulsion – 2014
overboard jumps/falls – 2004, 2007
Carnival Sensation engines/propulsion – 2006
overboard jumps/falls – 2001, 2009, 2010
Carnival Spirit engines/propulsion – 2002, 2005, 2010
sea pollution – 2010 (Alaska)
overboard jumps/falls – 2012, 2013, 2014
Norovirus/illness – 2003 (102 + 10), 2007 (116 + 8)
Carnival Splendor 2014 – Jan 20 (crew member dead in his cabin/unexplained)
2012 – Feb 23 (armed robbery)
2010 – Nov 08 (engine room fire)
engines/propulsion – 2013
overboard jumps/falls – 2010
Carnival Triumph engines/propulsion – 2010, 2013 (fire), 2014
overboard jumps/falls – 2015
Carnival Sunshine engines/propulsion – 2013
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
overboard jumps/falls – 2005, 2007
sexual crimes on minors – 2015
Carnival Victory 2013 – Oct 13 (passenger death/drowning)
engines/propulsion – 2008, 2013
overboard jumps/falls – 2007, 2008

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean ships Date / Accident Type
Adventure Of The Seas engines/propulsion – 2014
overboard jumps/falls – 2013, 2014
Norovirus/illness – 2006 (129 + 1), 2014 (93 + 4)
Allure Of The Seas engines/propulsion – 2013
overboard jumps/falls – 2012
Brilliance Of The Seas Norovirus/illness – 2004 (78 + 16)
Enchantment Of The Seas engines/propulsion – 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012
overboard jumps/falls – 2000, 2006
Norovirus/illness – 2005 (103 + 8)
Explorer Of The Seas engines/propulsion – 2009
overboard jumps/falls – 2010
Norovirus/illness – 2006 (360 + 34), 2014 (634 + 55)
Freedom Of The Seas 2015 – engine fire in Jamaica
Norovirus/illness – 2006 (338 + 46)
Grandeur Of The Seas 2013 – May 25 (fire accident)
engines/propulsion – 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009
overboard jumps/falls – 2011, 2014
Norovirus/illness – 2006 (130 + 11), 2014 (208 + 14), 2015 (198 + 9)
Independence Of The Seas 2014 – Apr 02 (death) two dockworkers died while assisting in un-berthing of the ship
overboard jumps/falls – 2014
Norovirus/illness – 2012 (193 + 3)
Jewel Of The Seas engines/propulsion – 2008, 2010
overboard jumps/falls – 2005
Norovirus/illness – 2010 (102 + 14)
Legend Of The Seas engines/propulsion – 2009
Norovirus/illness – 2015 (135 + 7)
sexual crimes – 2003, 2006
Liberty Of The Seas overboard jumps/falls – 2011, 2015
Norovirus/illness – 2007 (200 + 12)
Majesty Of The Seas engines/propulsion – 2015
overboard jumps/falls – 2005, 2009
Norovirus/illness – 2014 (64 + 2)
Mariner Of The Seas overboard jumps/falls – 2006
Norovirus/illness – 2005 (135 + 5), 2006 (248 + 6)
sexual crimes on minors – 2013
Navigator Of The Seas 2014 – Mar 22 (delayed cruise due to collision between a fuel barge and a tanker)
engines/propulsion – 2008
sexual crimes – 2011, 2012, 2014
Oasis Of The Seas engines/propulsion – 2014
overboard jumps/falls – 2010, 2015
Quantum Of The Seas 2014 – Jun 5 (fire accident) at the shipyard during construction works
sexual crimes – 2014
Radiance Of The Seas engines/propulsion – 2002, 2006, 2011
overboard jumps/falls – 2010
Norovirus/illness – 2011 (150 + 3)
Rhapsody Of The Seas sea pollution – 2008 (Alaska)
overboard jumps/falls – 2013
Norovirus/illness – 2012 (206 + 6)
Serenade Of The Seas engines/propulsion – 2006, 2015
overboard jumps/falls – 2012
Norovirus/illness – 2006 (169 + 12)
Splendour Of The Seas 2015 – Mar 22 – 2 crew members arrested for smuggling cocaine
overboard jumps/falls – 2014
Norovirus/illness – 2005 (135 + 12)
Vision Of The Seas engines/propulsion – 2003, 2006
Norovirus/illness – 2010 (448), 2013 (118 + 3)
Voyager Of The Seas engines/propulsion – 2008
overboard jumps/falls – 2004, 2006
Norovirus/illness – 2012 (248 + 11), 2012 in Australia (935)

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises ships Date / Accident Type
Caribbean Princess engines/propulsion – 2005, 2008, 2012
overboard jumps/falls – 2014
Norovirus/illness – 2007 (117), 2008 (172 + 13), 2010 (40 + 3), 2014 (181 + 11)
sexual crimes – 2010
Coral Princess 2013 – May 2 (fire on board)
sea pollution – 2009 (Alaska)
engines/propulsion – 2009, 2011
overboard jumps/falls – 2003, 2009, 2013
Norovirus/illness – 2004 (136 + 20), 2005 (84 + 31), 2009 (373 + 26), 2011 (64 + 3), 2015 (99 + 12)
Crown Princess 2015 – May 28 (fire on board)
2013 – Apr 13 (toilet outage)
2006 – Jul 18 (human error listing)
engines/propulsion – 2000, 2001, 2013
Norovirus/illness – 2012 (652 + 107), 2014 (280 + 44)
Dawn Princess engines/propulsion – 2001, 2010, 2011
Norovirus/illness – 2005 (76 + 9), 2008 (68 + 4), 2010 (244), 2012 (114 + 11), 2014 (158 + 14)
Diamond Princess engines/propulsion – 2004
sea pollution – 2008-2009 (Alaska)
Norovirus/illness – 2006 (197 + 7), 2008 (492 + 14), 2009 (107), 2014 (62)
Emerald Princess 2011 – May 17 (collusion with fuel barge in St Petersburg)
engines/propulsion – 2010
Norovirus/illness – 2007 (156 + 22), 2011 (408), 2012 (189 + 31), 2013 (189 + 31)
Golden Princess sea pollution – 2009-2011-2013 (Alaska)
Norovirus/illness – 2004 (84 + 15), 2009 (100 + 7)
Grand Princess engines/propulsion – 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014
overboard jumps/falls – 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014
Island Princess sea pollution – 2008-2009 (Alaska)
Norovirus/illness – 2004 (441 + 68), 2006 (181 + 27), 2007 (179 + 37), 2009 (100 + 5)
sexual crimes – 2011
Ocean Princess Norovirus/illness – 2002 (88 + 39)
Pacific Princess sea pollution – 2009 (Alaska)
Norovirus/illness – 2004 (57 + 10), 2006 (40), 2007 (20 + 5), 2008 (50 + 6)
Royal Princess 2013 – Aug 20 and Sept 22 (power loss, in the Mediterranean)
Ruby Princess overboard jumps/falls – 2010, 2014
Norovirus/illness – 2012 (392 + 34), 2013 (266 + 10)
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 pollution – 2010 (Alaska)
overboard jumps/falls – 2009
Norovirus/illness – 2010 (96 + 18)
Sea Princess engines/propulsion – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014
sea pollution – 2009 (Alaska)
overboard jumps/falls – 2010
Norovirus/illness – 2006 (232 + 18), 2007 (82 + 5), 2011 (272 + 21)
sexual crimes – 2014
Star Princess 2006 – March 23 (fire on board, 1 dead passenger, 13 injured)
sea pollution – 2008 (Alaska)
Norovirus/illness – 2003 (117 + 18), 2012 (74), 2015 (135 + 16)
Sun Princess 2014 – Jan 12 (death) Investigation into the medical treatment and death of a passenger
engines/propulsion – 2003, 2005, 2011, 2013
sea pollution – 2008 (Alaska)
overboard jumps/falls – 2013, 2014
Norovirus/illness – 2003 (267 + 29), 2004 (246 + 19), 2005 (115 + 9), 2006 (112 + 7), 2012 (201 + 15)
sexual crimes – 2003, 2011

P and O Cruises

P&O Cruises ships Date / Accident Type
P&O Adonia
P&O Arcadia
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)
Norovirus/illness – 2012 (145 + 8)
P&O Azura
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
P&O Ventura 2013 – mechanical

Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises ships Date / Accident Type
Costa Deliziosa
Costa Diadema
Costa Fascinosa 2015 – Mar 18 – terrorist attack, at least 19 people killed
engines/propulsion – 2014
overboard jumps/falls – 2014
Costa Favolosa
Costa Fortuna engines/propulsion – 2015
overboard jumps/falls – 2015
Costa Luminosa
Costa Magica
Costa Mediterranea 2006 – Grand Cayman (57 rescued from a sinking tourist boat)
overboard jumps/falls – 2008
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)
sexual crimes – 2012
Costa neoRiviera
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 Serena
Costa Victoria
Costa Concordia 2014 – Feb 01 (salvage worker death) Spanish diver died during salvage operation.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises ships Date / Accident Type
MSC Armonia
MSC Divina
MSC Fantasia
MSC Lirica
MSC Magnifica pier collision – 2013 (Piraeus)
sea pollution – 2014 (Brazil)
overboard jumps/falls – 2015
drug smuggling – 2013, 2015
MSC Musica
MSC Opera
MSC Orchestra
MSC Poesia
MSC Preziosa
MSC Sinfonia
MSC Splendida 2015 – Mar 18 – terrorist attack, at least 19 people killed
overboard jumps/falls – 2010

Holland America

Holland America Line ships Date / Accident Type
ms Amsterdam overboard jumps/falls – 2006
Norovirus/illness – 2002 (460 + 67), 2004 (75 + 11), 2006 (206 + 16), 2009 (290 + 41), 2012 (85 + 6), 2015 (181)
ms Eurodam overboard jumps/falls – 2012
ms Maasdam engines/propulsion – 2005
overboard jumps/falls – 2011
Norovirus/illness – 2009 (79 + 8 ), 2010 (168 + 19), 2011 (56 + 6), 2014 (65 + 8), 2015 (67 + 12)
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)
Norovirus/illness – 2010 (134 + 6)
sexual crimes – 2014
ms Noordam Norovirus/illness – 2008 (103 + 12), 2009 (159 + 19), 2010 (38)
ms Oosterdam overboard jumps/falls – 2011
Norovirus/illness – 2006 (110), 2008 (76 + 4), 2009 (110 + 10)
ms Prinsendam
ms Rotterdam engines/propulsion – 2004
overboard jumps/falls – 2010
Norovirus/illness – 2004 (38 + 7), 2006 (125)
ms Ryndam 2015 – Jul 1 (Norovirus)
ms Statendam
ms Veendam engines/propulsion – 2000, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2015
overboard jumps/falls – 2003, 2014
Norovirus/illness – 2004 (130 + 9), 2005 (289 + 43), 2006 (67 + 8), 2008 (112 + 12), 2013 (60 + 10), 2014 (114 + 10)
ms Volendam engines/propulsion – 2012
sea pollution – 2009-2010 (Alaska)
overboard jumps/falls – 2011
Norovirus/illness – 2003 (128 + 16), 2006 (51 + 3), 2007 (174 + 9), 2008 (85 + 7)
ms Westerdam 2015 – Jun 25 – 8 passengers killed in plane crash in Alaska
2014 – Jun 28 (fire on board, no dead or injured)
sea pollution – 2008 (Alaska)
Norovirus/illness – 2007 (146 + 9)
ms Zaandam engines/propulsion – 2009
sea pollution – 2010 (Alaska)
overboard jumps/falls – 2009
Norovirus/illness – 2003 (103), 2006 (64 + 4), 2007 (91 + 8), 2008 (100 + 13), 2009 (74 + 21)
ms Zuiderdam engines/propulsion – 2006
Norovirus/illness – 2006 (105 + 33), 2008 (262 + 17), 2010 (73 + 5)

NCL Norwegian Cruise Line

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
engines/propulsion – 2014
Norwegian Dawn 2015 – May 19 (run aground)
engines/propulsion – 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013
overboard jumps/falls – 2008
Norovirus/illness – 2007 (149 + 15)
sexual crimes – 2010
Norwegian Epic engines/propulsion – 2010
Norwegian Gem 2015 – May 17 (passenger death/drowning) 10-year-old girl drowned in the swimming pool
engines/propulsion – 2010
Norovirus/illness – 2013 (111 + 3)
Norwegian Getaway
Norwegian Jade overboard jumps/falls – 2010
Norwegian Jewel engines/propulsion – 2005
Norovirus/illness – 2008 (230 + 20)
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
sea pollution – 2008-2009-2010 (Alaska)
engines/propulsion – 2008, 2011
overboard jumps/falls – 2008
Norovirus/illness – 2007 (427 + 31), 2015 (145 + 13)
Norwegian Sky overboard jumps/falls – 2009
Norovirus/illness – 2003 (145 + 25)
Norwegian Spirit overboard jumps/falls – 2011
Norovirus/illness – 2008 (67 + 4), 2009 (73 + 9), 2011 (94 + 13)
Norwegian Star engines/propulsion – 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2015
overboard jumps/falls – 2006
Norovirus/illness – 2006 (115 + 12), 2007 (177 + 7), 2008 (228 + 32), 2014 (130 + 12)
sexual crimes – 2012
Norwegian Sun engines/propulsion – 2011
sea pollution – 2003 (Alaska)
overboard jumps/falls – 2011, 2015
Norovirus/illness – 2002 (169 + 27), 2006 (71 + 6)
sexual crimes – 2006, 2011
NCL Pride of America 2004 – partial sinking (shipbuilding yard in Germany)
engines/propulsion – 2005
sea pollution – 2007 (Hawaii)
Norovirus/illness – 2007 (tuberculosis, 22), 2009 (Noro virus, 67 + 14)
deaths – 2015
overboard jumps/falls – 2010

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises ships Date / Accident Type
Celebrity Constellation engines/propulsion – 2002, 2013, 2014
overboard jumps/falls – 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015
Norovirus/illness – 2002 (134), 2006 (65 + 1), 2008 (62 + 1), 2010 (164 + 29), 2012 (464), 2013 (309)
Celebrity Eclipse 2013 – Apr 12 (armed robbery)
overboard jumps/falls – 2011
Celebrity Equinox overboard jumps/falls – 2011
Norovirus/illness – 2015 (142 + 8)
sexual crimes – 2011, 2012
Celebrity Infinity engines/propulsion – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012
Norovirus/illness – 2005 (813), 2006 (105 + 20), 2013 (101 + 17), 2015 (706 + 26)
Celebrity Millennium engines/propulsion – 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013
overboard jumps/falls – 2011
Norovirus/illness – 2007 (176 + 22), 2010 (157 + 23), 2011 (104 + 9), 2013 (123 + 16)
sexual crimes – 2002, 2012, 2015
Celebrity Reflection engines/propulsion – 2012, 2014
sexual crimes – 2014
Celebrity Silhouette engines/propulsion – 2014
Norovirus/illness – 2012 (178 + 11)
Celebrity Solstice overboard jumps/falls – 2009, 2010
Norovirus/illness – 2011 (246 + 21), 2013 (178 + 2)
Celebrity Summit 2012 – May 03 (drug bust)
engines/propulsion – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
overboard jumps/falls – 2010, 2011
Norovirus/illness – 2006 (72 + 12), 2013 (322 + 13)
sexual crimes – 2003

Disney Cruise Line

Cunard Line ships, Disney Cruise Line ships Date / Accident Type
Cunard Queen Elizabeth Norovirus/illness – 2013, 2014
overboard jumps/falls – 2015
Cunard Queen Mary 2 engines/propulsion – 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
crew deaths – 2006, 2015
overboard jumps/falls – 2005, 2006, 2015
sexual crimes – 2012
Cunard Queen Victoria engines/propulsion – 2013, 2014
crew deaths – 2013
Disney Dream sexual crimes on minors – 2012, 2014
Disney Fantasy 2011 – construction yard flooding
2012 – Hurricane Sandy
near drowning – 2013, 2015
Disney Magic engines/propulsion – 2008, 2011, 2014
passenger deaths – 2009 (Cozumel crash)
Norovirus/illness – 2002 (452)
Disney Wonder engines/propulsion – 2009
overboard jumps/falls – 2011
passenger deaths – 2015 (drowning)
sexual crimes – 2006. 2007

Other cruise lines incidents

Other cruise lines ships Date / Accident Type
AIDAluna 2014 – Feb 07 (passenger killed) German male murdered during armed robbery on Margarita Island/Venezuela
Azamara Quest
Azamara Journey 2014 – Feb 26 (Asia, damaged propeller)
Celestyal Crystal 2015 – Jun 27 (collision with an oil tanker near Gallipoli, Turkey)
Crystal Serenity 2014 – Aug 03 (itinerary changes) due to violent unrest
Crystal Symphony Norovirus/illness – 2005 (20 + 3), 2010 (37 + 14), 2013 (125 + 22)
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 engines/propulsion – 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010overboard jumps/falls – 2005, 2015
Cunard Queen Victoria engines/propulsion – 2013, 2014
Oceania Insignia 2014 – Dec 11 (engine fire, 3 dead)
Oceania Marina Norovirus/illness – 2011 (39 + 29), 2015 (69 + 11)
Oceania Nautica
Oceania Regatta
Oceania Riviera Norovirus/illness – 2012 (37 + 13)
Regent Seven Seas Mariner Norovirus/illness – 2002 (5 + 16), 2005 (1 + 20), 2006 (26 + 13), 2007 (38 + 5), 2008 (33 + 12), 2009 (28)
Regent Seven Seas Navigator Norovirus/illness – 2007 (22)
Regent Seven Seas Voyager
SeaDream I
SeaDream II
Silver Cloud
Silver Explorer
Silver Galapagos
Silver Shadow
Silver Spirit
Silver Whisper
Silver Wind
Seabourn Legend
Seabourn Odyssey
Seabourn Pride
Seabourn Quest
Seabourn Sojourn
Seabourn Spirit
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.
Norovirus/illness – 2013 (433)
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 Dream
Thomson Island Escape
Thomson Majesty
Thomson Spirit
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
Viking Star engines/propulsion – 2015

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
  • hotspot regions

  • older ships (over 10 years old)
  • Note:The below ship accidents infographic is in a restricted size (click to enlarge).

ship accidents statistics and data infographicMost 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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