Cruise Ship Problems in 2013
- February 10 – The Carnival Triumph had a fire break out in the aft engine room leaving the ship without propulsion in the Gulf of Mexico.
- March 9 – Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas had a small norovirus outbreak that affected 108 passengers and crew members.
- March 13 – The Carnival Dream runs into mechanical problems while in the port of St Maarten.
- March 15 – The Carnival Legend had to cancel a scheduled stop in Grand Cayman and head back to Tampa. The ship ran into propulsion problems with one of the Azipod propulsion units.
- March 19 – A British married couple are mugged and shot while visiting the port of Barbados. They were on a 85 night world cruise on the P&O Adonia.
- May 28 – Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas had a fire break out early in the morning causing passengers to be sent to their muster stations. RCCL has canceled the remainder of the cruise and will be flying all passengers back to Baltimore.
- August 21 – Celebrity Cruises cancels the remainder of the Alaskan cruise season for the cruise ship Millennium after the ship develops problems with the propulsion system on the vessel.
- September 22 – The Royal Princess loses lower while cruising in Europe. Emergency generators kicked in to provide hotel services (toilets) and other emergency services.
- November 4 – Royal Caribbean announces that propulsion problems have plagued the Allure of the Seas causing the ship to shorten several port stops.
Cruise Ship Problems in 2012
- January 11 – The MSC Poesia hit a reef 2 miles off of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. Tug boats pulled the ship to deeper waters and the cruise continued. There was no major damage to the ship.
- January 13 – Costa Concordia hits a reef off the coast of Italy and 32 lives were lost in one of the worst cruise ship disasters of all time.
- February 7 – Crown Princess has to return to post 2 days earlier than scheduled due to a 2nd outbreak in the norovirus in as many weeks. The ship undergoes a thorough 2 day cleaning before heading back out to sea.
- February 23 – 22 passengers from the Carnival Splendor were on a ship sponsored tour in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico when they were robbed at gunpoint. There were no injuries or casualties reported.
- February 27 – The Costa Allegra had a fire break out in the electric generator room causing the ship to lose power. It took tub boats 2 days to pull the ship back into port so the passengers could disembark. Costa decided to take the Allegra out of service and will either be sold or scrapped.
- March 7 – The FBI arrested the assistant director on the Norwegian Star for having sexual relations with a 16 year old passenger and possessing child pornography.
- March 14 – The Caribbean Princess heads back to the port in San Juan after experiencing propulsion issues. The cruise was cut short by 4 days and the next 2 cruises were cancelled so repairs could be made to the ship.
- March 16 – The Silver Shadow, a luxury ship sailing near Vietnam, ran into a smaller ship (small freighter) due to dense fog in the area. The ship received only minor dents and there were no reported injuries.
- March 30 – Azamara Quest has a fire break out in the engine room. The ship was sailing in Asia off the coast of Borneo and there were no reported injuries or casualties.
- March 31 - The Carnival Triumph was briefly seized by U.S. marshals in Galveston, Texas after a lawsuit was filed by a family member who died (Siglinde Stumpf) in the Costa Concordia accident a few months earlier.
- April 15 – The Saga Sapphire on its maiden voyage runs into problems with one of its engines and has to end the cruise early. The vessel returns to the UK so repairs can be made. The 2nd sailing for the Sapphire was canceled so the ship could be properly repaired.
- April 20 – Small fire breaks out in the engine room of Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. The fire was quickly extinguished and the ship continued to sail under full power.
- May 12 – Carnival announced that the Carnival Freedom had an outbreak of the norovirus and the following sailing was delayed a few hours so the ship could be thoroughly cleaned.
- July 14 – The river cruise ship Regina Rheni had a fire break out in the engine room while cruising the Rhine in Germany. All passengers were evacuated and 10 were taken to a local hospital for smoke inhalation.
- July 16 – The Crown Princess has a small fire break out in a cabin due to the wrong usage of electrical equipment. There were no injuries and two cabins were left without electricity.
- November 11 – The Saga Ruby developed engine problems and had to cancel the remainder of its current cruise. All passengers were given a full refund and were flown back to the U.K.
- December 11 – The Costa Pacifica suffered minor damage when the ship collided with a berthing structure after a strong gust of wind blew the ship into a “dolphin”. The 24 foot gash above the water line was quickly repaired.
- December 13 – The P&O Oriana has a norovirus outbreak with over 400 passengers affected.