EVENTS AT SEA
"All the Things that Can Go Wrong On A Cruise"


2019

The table below lists "events at sea" occurring after January 1, 2019, including cruise ship accidents.  It is based on media reports, passenger reports posted at on-line boards and discussion groups, and reports sent to Cruise Junkie.

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2019


February 15 - Grand Classica , Denied entry to Cuba
CBS 12 reports Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Classica was on its way to Cuba as part of its special Valentine’s Day four-day trip for families to reconnect with their loved ones. However, it was denied entry Friday morning. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line released a statement: "Due to the Cuban government denying entry into Havana without reason and despite advance approvals in place, Viva Travel’s charter of Grand Classica is headed for Nassau, Bahamas to complete her four-day cruise. Guests’ safety and security continue to remain a top priority."

February 15 - Viking Star, Illness outbreak
CDC reports 36 of 904 (3.98%) passengers and 1 crew of 461 (0.22%) have reported ill on the February 7 - 14 cruise.

February 14 - NCL Epic, The non-cruise
From a passenger: Norwegian Epic had engine problems, cancelled two ports of call, Tortola and St. Thomas and inched their way into San Juan Puerto Rico where they destroyed a couple of moorings. Next day they reported they were leaving dock giving passengers the impression that they would see at least one port on their itinerary, Stirrup Cay in The Bahamas. But now they have announced that they are heading directly back to dock at Port Canaveral. Not one port of call was reached and they have only offered the passengers a credit on a future cruise. No refunds have been offered.

February 14 - Europa 2, Skipped port call
Cook Islands News reports the ship had to cancel its call at Rarotonga today. The ship  is scheduled to visit Rarotonga again on February 24 followed by Costa Luminosa on February 27. "As weather conditions can be uncertain, disembarking will not be confirmed until the morning of arrivals and is totally dependent on the assessments by the captain and/or agent,” Cook Islands Tourism said. Last year the cancellation rate mainly due to the weather was around 20 per cent.

February 14 - Navigator OTS, First sailing canceled
Royal Caribbean Blog reports  Royal Caribbean confirmed it has canceled the Sunday, February 24 sailing of Navigator of the Seas, which would have been the first sailing back for the ship. Royal Caribbean said the reason for the cancellation was due to, "poor weather conditions have affected the progress of the ship’s outer decks." The new plan is for Navigator of the Seas to return to service on the previously scheduled 9-night Southern Caribbean cruise departing from Miami, FL on Friday, March 1.

February 14 - MSC Divina, Illness outbreak
From a passenger: On board MSC DIVINA.  At about 8pm Feb 13, captain advised that we had an unusually high incidence of gastrointestinal problems. He asked all passengers to wash hands frequently. Staff could be seen disinfecting hand rails. No further advisenents were made.

February 14 - Company unknown, Company defrauded of $2.4 million
NT News reports a Sydney woman has been accused of stealing more than $2.4 million from a cruise ship company while working for them over three years. The 62-year-old made numerous unauthorised electronic transfers from the company account while an employee between January 2014 and September 2017, police said. She was arrested on Wednesday and charged with eight counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and four counts of knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime with intention to conceal.The woman has been granted condition bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on February 27.

February 14 - Nieuw Statendam, Drowning
Eyewitness News reports police in the capital are investigating an apparent drowning that occurred on Monday, February 11 at Half Moon Cay. According to police reports, shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Monday,an adult Canadian male tourist, who was a passenger on a cruise ship, was discovered unresponsive and floating in waters at Half Moon Cay. The tourist was removed from the water and CPR was rendered. The victim was transported to the local clinic on Eleuthera, where he was pronounced dead.

February 12 - Pacific Princess, Death of passenger
From a passenger: A woman has died on the world cruise on the Pacific Princes in the Pacific Ocean. There is a very moving tribute from her husband. See Live from Pacific Princess world cruise. The email attributes the death to a complication of norovirus.

February 12 - Norwegian Epic, Power Loss at sea; Destroyed pier in San Juan
Cruise Law News reports
the ship sustained power loss yesterday during its current cruise to the Caribbean, requiring the NCL cruise ship to divert to San Juan, Puerto Rico. It left Port Canaveral, Florida on February 9th heading toward Tortola, British Virgin Islands where it was scheduled to arrive this morning around 8:00 a.m. It was then scheduled to call on St Thomas, US Virgin Islands tomorrow (February 13th) and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas on February 15th before returning to Port Canaveral on February 16th. The cruise ship reportedly sustained power loss to one or two engines (reports via social media vary) which reduced its speed to around 11 knots. It has slowly sailed a couple hundred miles toward San Juan for the last 24 hours. It is now approaching San Juan after NCL cancelled the ports of call on Tortola and St. Thomas yesterday. Cruise Hive reports the ship collided with and destroyed the pier in San Juan.

February 11 - Carnival Sensation,  Fire
Cruise Law News reports the ship was on the last night of a four day cruise to the Western Caribbean when the fire reportedly started around 3:00 a.m on the last night, according to a passenger who wishes to remain anonymous. She stated that the fire occurred on deck 6 aft. A producer at CNN was aboard the ship and took photographs and posted information about the fire on her Twitter page. Cruise guests donned life vests and crew members appeared wearing fire gear. Deck six reportedly smelled of smoke and fans were used to try and blow the smoke away. Carnival issued the following statement: “Carnival Sensation reported a smoke event early Monday morning while the ship was on its way back to its homeport of Miami and the conclusion of a five-day journey.  Smoke was coming from a housekeeping storage area on Deck 6, but when first responders arrived, they confirmed there was no fire.  Guests were alerted by public announcements and some guests near the source of the smoke were asked to evacuate their staterooms.  Both the captain and the cruise director made subsequent public announcements to update guests. Some guests waited in public areas and we provided refreshments; others returned to their staterooms once they were notified that the situation was under control.  Guests are now disembarking in a routine manner and the ship’s next sail, another five-day cruise, is scheduled to depart as planned Monday afternoon.” Local10 reports the smoke caused panic among passengers.

February 10 - Mariner OTS, Missed port call, messed up itinerary
From a passenger: Just getting off the mariner of the seas from a 2 day cruise.   We missed the port yesterday as they claim it was too windy to get off the ship.  Then yesterday afternoon at the sky pad a guy fell off and broke his pelvis -- the harness that holds you snapped off and he fell onto the deck.    They took him to medical facility and 5 hours later they had us dock back in Miami and rescue took him off the ship.  They then took us back out to sea for 7 hours.   Needless to say it wasn’t a great 2 day cruise.

February 6 - Regatta, Missed port call
The Advocate reports the ship has abandoned its plans to dock in Burnie on Wednesday morning. The Regatta attempted to enter Burnie port with the help of two tugs but aborted the docking due to poor conditions. Burnie City Council said in a statement the ship had been unable to dock “due to winds and easterly weather”.

February 5 - MSC ship & P&O Brittania, Pax robbed (St. John's, Antigua)
Antigua Observer reports two men who allegedly robbed two tourists and stabbed one of them last Friday, have been charged. The accused are 20-year-old Joel Richards and 19-year-old Anderson Garcia both of Hatton, and they’re jointly accused of aggravated robbery on French visitors Jacques Colbert and Christiane Marcelle Drouth. The investigation into the matter has found that at about 11 a.m. on February 1, the couple who arrived in Antigua on the MSC cruise ship, was sightseeing nearby a tower in Hatton when they were attacked and robbed by two men. The attackers allegedly wrestled a black leather handbag from the 62-year-old woman and stabbed her 70-year-old companion in the abdomen, close to his navel, before running off. The bag which they took contained an umbrella, the woman’s cruise ship receipt, a note book, and an address book.  In a separate incident, another cruise ship visitor who was robbed last week is counting his losses as lawmen have not recovered his belongings. The victim is Michael Maycock, a UK national who arrived on cruise ship Brittania PNO on January 28. He was sightseeing around midday at the St John’s Cathedral in the city when a man attacked him with a piece of wood. The man beat him with the object, pushed him to the ground and took away his wallet which contained US $100. He was also robbed of his debit cards and cruise ship card. The robber, who escaped on foot, was dressed in a red T-shirt and described as “very tall in height, and dark in complexion”.

February 4 - Allure of the Seas, Drug bust
Local 10 reports two tourists from Washington, D.C., were arrested Sunday on accusations they tried to smuggle drugs onto a cruise ship at Port Miami, authorities said. According to an arrest report, a Homeland Security special agent intercepted emails from Peter Melendez, 35, who is a government contractor, and Robert Koehler, 27, discussing their strategy to smuggle the drugs onto the ship and distribute the drugs to people once they were on board. According to an arrest report, a Homeland Security special agent intercepted emails from Peter Melendez, 35, who is a government contractor, and Robert Koehler, 27, discussing their strategy to smuggle the drugs onto the ship (Atlantis Cruise) and distribute the drugs to people once they were on board.

February 3 - Lady  Rose, Death from toilet fumes
Sydney Morning Herald reports hazardous material teams recorded "extremely hazardous" levels of hydrogen sulfide in a toilet cubicle of a luxury cruise vessel in the hours after a woman's body was found on Saturday afternoon. The woman, who can now be identified as Shalina Abdul Hussien, was found slumped in a confined toilet cubicle on the Lady Rose, a three-level vessel owned by cruising company All Occasion Cruises Pty Limited.  Ms Hussien's body was found after she was reported missing by her friends and fellow passengers, who had begun complaining of an overpowering gas-like smell. The 39-year-old was attending a four-hour birthday party on the privately chartered vessel, with around 100 other guests, when her body was discovered by a deck hand. The Lady Rose is licensed to carry up to 475 passengers.

January 30 - MSC Divina, Drug Bust (cocaine)
Riviera Maya News reports six packets of drugs, reported to be cocaine, were found inside a storage area of the bathroom of a cruise ship docked on Cozumel Tuesday morning. The cruise ship, was sailing from the Cayman Islands bound for the United States.Prior to its arrival, information about the possibility of a suspicious package was sent to the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR), which led to the inspection. The FGR alert was provided by personnel of the Customs and Migration Department at approximately 10:55 AM

January 29 - Princess Private Island, Fire
Eleuthra News reports sometime around 10:00pm on Monday, January 28th, 2019, Police at Rock Sound received a report of a fire at Princess Cays.  SEEP (South Eleuthera Emergency Partners) was dispatched along with police officers.  On arrival they met four wooden structures full ablaze.  They were the generator house, reverse osmosis water plant, mechanic shop and tool shed on property.  All four structures were totally destroyed. The fire was contained within several hours to the mid-section of the Cay.  The cause of the blaze is unknown to authorities.

January 28 - Viking Sea, Illness outbreak
CDC reports 38 of 925 (4.1%) passengers and 0 crew have reported ill on the January 18-28 cruise.

January 25 - Bahamas Paradise, Grand Classica, Autopsy shows pax who died in fall intoxicated
WPTV reports an autopsy shows a man who died after falling on a cruise ship in October had been drinking and plummeted 45 feet (13 meters) down a stairwell. The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner released its autopsy report for 29-year-old Christopher McGrory on Thursday. McGrory was airlifted to a West Palm Beach hospital from the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's Grand Classica on Oct. 21. The Palm Beach Post reports a nurse told investigators McGrory had been "drinking heavily" when he attempted to jump up a stair but lost his balance and fell backward. The autopsy showed his blood alcohol level was 0.256, about three times Florida's legal limit for declaring a driver impaired. Brian McGrory of Palm City said his son had been celebrating his bachelor party on the cruise from Palm Beach to the Bahamas.

January 24 - Insignia (Oceania), Failed sanitation inspection
Cruise Law News reports the ship failed its last sanitation inspection conducted by United States Public Health (“USPH”) inspectors on December 17, 2018, according to a crew member who wishes to stay anonymous. The USPH reportedly gave the cruise ship a failing score of only 80, after the sanitation agency inspected the ship in Miami over a month ago. The crew member stated that the ship failed USPH on December 17 in Miami with only 80 points which is a failure on the ship sanitation, food preparation and poor galley cleansing.  All crew, staff and officers was strictly told not to inform anyone since this could damage the company 5 star image.” Today. the CDC published the report indicating that the in fact received a failing score of 80. The report indicates that numerous food-contact surface areas on the ship were heavily soiled and  dusty and dirty; refrigerator units were not built to food equipment standards; and there were flies and other pests found in food service areas.  Potentially hazardous food items were stored and prepared at improper temperatures. Potable water bunkering was not properly tested for pH or halogen and the testing equipment was out of order.

January 24 - Two ferries, Allision
Italian media reports an accident today in the port of Olbia (Sardinia). A Grimaldi ferry departing from the Isola Bianca port accidentally hit Tirrenia Athara, which was moored. The collision took place around 12 noon. Fortunately, no injuries were recorded. There was strong winds at the time.

January 24 - Carnival Corp ships, Poor air quality on ships
CNN reports cruise ships generate high levels of air pollution that could endanger the health of passengers, staff and port communities, according to a report released Thursday.On the decks of the four Carnival Corp. cruise ships studied over a two-year period, concentrations of particulate matter measured were "comparable to concentrations measured in polluted cities, including Beijing and Santiago," according to Ryan Kennedy, author of the report and an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Ship exhaust contains harmful constituents, including metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, many of which have toxic, possibly cancer-causing properties, Kennedy said: "It's dangerous it's not a healthy thing for us to be exposed to." Without the knowledge of the company or ship staff, Kennedy took measurements using a P-TRAK Ultrafine Particle Counter when the ships were docked as well as when moving at sea. Consistently, Kennedy said, the highest average readings of particulate matter (PM) concentration were found behind the smokestack at the back of the ship. The equipment he used measured particles with sizes between 0.02 and 1.0 micrometers, considered ultrafine and fine PM.

January 24 - MSC Musica, Skipped port call?
Times Live reports the "Cape Doctor" - the notorious southeaster which earned Cape Town the moniker Cape of Storms - showed what a powerful force of nature it is when it prevented the 93,000-ton  cruise ship MSC Musica from docking on Thursday. The vessel sailed past the cruise terminal at the V&A Waterfront, made a U-turn and  returned to the relative safety of the open ocean. At midday, Cape Town traffic services spokesperson Richard Coleman said the weakening wind may result in the ship being able to enter port on Thursday night or Friday morning. The ship has been based in Durban since October for the duration of the southern African summer but is taking regular cruises from Cape Town during January. From a reader "in the know:" Ship will try to berth later tonight and disembark pax and embark pax. Original schedule was 16hoo departure Cape Town today 24/01/19, at sea, Port Elizabeth, at sea and Durban. Current indications are that vessel will heave anchor and proceed to Port Elizabeth and bus pax back to Cape Town. No clue what will happen with pax supposed to embark in Cape Town. Cruise will probably be cancelled and the ship will proceed to Durban to maintain schedule sans pax. Cape Town weather this time of year! UPDATE: The ship remains at anchor with the wind still blasting the port of Cape Town. Latest update is an attempt to berth in the early hours of Saturday morning will be made with disembarkation due to commence around 08h00. Following that, new embarkation will commence immediately thereafter and the ship will endeavour to sail shortly after all pax onboard before the wind picks up. The scheduled call at Port Elizabeth will be omitted and she will head directly to Durban. Cruise duration currently halved on the upcoming cruise. FINAL UPDATE: Ship entered port of Cape Town at 06h07 Saturday 26th January. Currently sailing from Cape Town. ETA Durban Monday 12h00 28th January.  One and only scheduled visit to Port Elizabeth cancelled. 

January 24 - Majesty OTS, Crew member overboard
Cruise Law News reports a crew member has reportedly gone overboard last night according to several passengers. This morning shortly before 8:00 a.m., we received the following message from a guest on the cruise ship: “We are on the Majesty of the Seas. It was just reported that we will be late to get to port today because a crew member went overboard. No other information has been given to us. They said we assisted in the efforts last night to look, but no one was found.” Another guest contacted us on Facebook around 7:00 a.m stating: “Currently on Royal Caribbean majesty of the seas … search and rescue underway with coast guard for crew member that threw themselves overboard.” Local news stations are reporting that the crew member is 26 years old. There is an active search and rescue operation underway around 37 miles east of the Miami area.

January 22 - Carnival Valor, Power loss, no A/C
KHOU reports the ship had a temporary power outage while en route to Cozumel, Mexico Tuesday afternoon. Passengers on board Carnival Valor said the ship was stuck at sea for about an hour and they were not sure what was going on. Carnival sent a statement to KHOU 11 News Tuesday afternoon saying the AC is back on and the ship is back on course:  "Carnival Valor is experiencing a temporary issue that is affecting the power supply to certain functions of the ship. The air conditioning is back in service and the ship has resumed its course to Cozumel. We expect the remaining functions to be restored shortly." Around 1:20 p.m., a Carnival spokeswoman said all services were up and running.

January 21 - Golden Princess, Person overboard
Cruise Law News reports a person (either a cruise guest or crew member) is presumed to have gone overboard, according to a passenger on the Princess cruise ship. Shortly after 6:15 p.m. EST today (10:15 a.m. Tuesday, January 22 – Australia time),  a cruise passenger from Adelaide, Australia posted the following information on Twitter: Golden Princess sailing toward Melbourne, Australia at the moment. It appears that the person went overboard last night in the Tasman Sea between New Zealand and Australia. The poster explains that the Princess cruise ship searched for the missing person last night and earlier this morning. It is currently unknown whether the person is a guest or crew member, or how or exactly when the person went overboard from the cruise ship.  It remains to be seen whether the ship was equipped with an automatic man overboard system which would have automatically sent a signal to the bridge if someone went over the rails via state-of-the-art motion detection / infrared and radar technology. Subsequently confirmed by Princess that a 22 year old male disappeared at 2AM; Search and rescue wasn't notified until 9AM.

January 20 - Norwegian Joy, Couple check into cabin and find crew members having sex in their bed
Newsweek reports a couple from Northern Ireland claim they checked into their cabin on a cruise from Singapore to Thailand to find a crew member and a woman having sex in the bed. Bobby and Mary Jackson from Carrickfergus, County Antrim, told Scotland's  Sunday Post that they had booked onto their first ever cruise in October. When the couple embarked in Singapore’s Marina Bay, they said they quickly headed to check out their cabin—and were met with an unexpected sight. I could see the back of a man on the bed who was directly facing us and it was obvious he was in the middle of having sex with a woman,” Mary told the outlet. She said that when they complained to staff, they were told there was no alternative cabin available as the ship was fully booked. “We went back to the cabin and tried to go back in there but although the woman had left, the male was still there,” Bobby said. “Two of the ship’s crew in white uniforms eventually persuaded him to leave. He looked very sheepish.” “I asked if the crew if knew him and they told me he was a worker on the boat.” The couple said they were initially offered £100 ($128) credits towards the cost of a future cruise on the line, which was then upped to £200 ($257). The couple said they rejected both offers.  Norwegian Cruise Line told the Post it was investigating the incident, and was discussing compensation with the couple.

January 19 - Aida Perla, Pax attacked in Castries, St. Lucia
St Lucia Times reports two female visitors were attacked by two young men in Sans Souci, Castries, Saturday morning, eyewitnesses say. A report was made to the police about 10.a.m, according to reports. Speaking on condition of anonymity, an eyewitness told St Lucia Times that the incident took place near Serenity Park. The eyewitness reported hearing someone screaming and  said upon investigating, saw two young men attempting to relieve a cruise ship visitor of a camera while she and her female companion put up a struggle. The eyewitness said although the visitor who had the camera fell to the ground, the young thugs continued in their attempt to rob her. The young men are reported to have fled when passersby began heading in the direction of the commotion. St Lucia Times was informed that the woman who was attacked was badly shaken and sustained bruises. She and her companion are said to have headed back to their ship which was docked in the Castries harbour after the incident. Just this week, a couple reported being accosted and robbed in Serenity Park. Persons on social media have said that there appears to be a gang of criminals operating in the area, targeting homes and passersby.

January 19 - Carnival Splendor, Missed port call at Kona
I watched as the ship did not arrive in Kona (as planned) this morning. The reason is unknown, but the ship has been "stopped" in Honolulu since yesterday evening (it moved from one pier to another around midnight last night). Update: Spoke to a passenger when the ship was in Hilo Jan 20. He says the Captain said the ship wouldn't go to Kona because the seas were too high for tendering so they spent the day in Honolulu. Interestingly, weather conditions in Kona on the 19th had wind conditions peaking at 10 miles per hour and the seas were calmer than when NCL stopped on Wednesday (16 January).

January 18 - Celebrity Summit, Technical problems (power loss), stuck in San Juan
Cruise Law News reports several guests have notified us that the cruise ship is currently unable to leave the port in San Juan, Puerto Rico due to what the guests understand to be either a “computer glitch” or “propulsion issues.” The Summit was scheduled to leave San Juan yesterday  but has been unable to due to what the cruise lines often refer to euphemistically as “technical issues.”The Cruceros Puerto Rico twitter page (translated) refers to unspecified “mechanical” or “electrical problems in the bridge.” The website also states that the U.S. Coast Guard needs to inspect the ship before it is permitted to continue on its itinerary.

January 17 - Anthem of the Seas, No air conditioning
Cruise Law News reports a lack of functional air conditioning on much of the ship for the past week has left many guests feeling that they did not receive the cruise vacation which they paid for and which Royal Caribbean promised to them. A couple of cruise passengers contacted our office yesterday to state that the air conditioning in their cabins, as well as to others parts of the cruise ship, were not cooling adequately.  Instead of blowing at a desired temperature in the high 60’s or in the 70’s, the air conditioning was leaving their cabins hot, with temperatures ranging from the low to mid-80’s with some cabins as hot as 89 degrees.  The heat has interrupted the guests’ sleep and made their cruises unpleasant. It seems that the problem with the air conditioning began on or around Monday the 13th although there are comments posted on the Anthem of the Seas Facebook page dated earlier. Many guests with balconies opened their balcony doors but did not get much relief as the ship sailed in the Caribbean. The ship has been slow to advise the guests the nature of the problem (“it will be fixed shortly” type of response). And there have been sporadic updates regarding how the engineering department will try to solve the widespread problem. Not all decks seem to be affected with many complaints focusing on the cabins on decks 10 and 11 as well as public areas on the ship.

January 16 - Ship unnamed (RCI), Pax jumps overboard in port to show off to friends
Fox 13 reports a 27 year old Washington man says he "did not think this through" before he jumped off the side of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Nassau, Bahamas.  Now, Nick Naydev is banned from the cruise line for life and says he had to find his own way home from the island. Naydev said he jumped from the eleventh floor, which he estimated was about 100 feet up from the ocean. "I am truly astonished at how this video has spread throughout the internet. I did not think this through before I jumped. My idea was this would be a good laugh for my friends and I would just swim back to shore and continue my vacation and never thought this would be this serious," Naydev said in a statement to FOX 13. In the video, Naydev's friends have gathered around as he climbs up the railing of the balcony. He looks at his friend who is holding the camera and then leaps.

January 16 - Carnival Sunshine, Lawsuit over Severe List
Miami Herald reports three passengers who say they were injured when the ship listed just after leaving Port Canaveral last October are suing the cruise line. According to the lawsuit, and to Carnival’s statement to passengers, the ship listed because its fin stabilizers malfunctioned. In their lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District for the Southern District of Florida, the three suing passengers said the company did not train the crew about how best to maintain the stabilizers, which are used to prevent rocky movements as the ship sails.

January 11 - Harmony OTS, Suicide/Fall
Cruise Law News reports a passenger has reportedly died after falling from a balcony earlier today. This evening we received an email which stated that between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. today, there was a suicide/accident on Harmony of the Seas; someone fell/jumped from a balcony and died. The passenger is apparently a teenage, according to a guest on the ship. One passenger stated on Twitter that the guest was allegedly 16 years old and died after hitting the “pavement.”  Another passenger posted on Twitter that the person struck the “concrete dock.”The ship is currently on a week-long cruise to the Caribbean. It left Fort Lauderdale on January 6th and was scheduled to stop in Labadee, today from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. this evening. It is scheduled to return to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, January 13th. Pix11 reports the 16 year old apparently didn’t have his room card, attempted to enter his eighth-floor room from an adjacent balcony, but lost his footing and fell.

January 10 - Oasis OTS, Illness Outbreak
WESH reports officials with Royal Caribbean reported that there 167 cases of a stomach virus on board the Oasis of the Seas. The seven-night cruise departed from Port Canaveral on Sunday and returns this weekend. The 167 cases of gastrointestinal illness represent 2 percent of the 8,454 guests and crew on board. Passengers were apparently not allowed to disembark in Falmouth. Cruise Law News reports the port call at Cozumel has been canceled and the ship will return to Port Canaveral early. CDC reports the numbers ill as 266 of 6285 passengers (4.23%) and 11 of 2169 crew (0.51%). Update Jan 12: CDC reports 561 passengers and 31 crew have reported ill.

January 8 - Norwegian Epic, Drug bust (pax)
Fox35Orlando reports 20 people were arrested on Saturday as they were boarding the ship for an annual music festival.  The event is called Holy Ship and is designed for fans of electronic dance music. Last year, when Holy Ship was about to depart, deputies arrested two dozen passengers. They were charged for possession of marijuana, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.

January 8 - Nippon Maru, Master Suspended (alcohol use)
Maritime Executive reports the master has been suspended after the vessel's allision with a U.S. Navy fuel pier at Apra, Guam (see 31 December 2018). MOL's passenger division, Mitsui OSK Passenger Line, is looking into the cause of the accident. It has suspended the vessel's master until the inquiry is complete, citing the company drug and alcohol policy.

January 7 - Riviera (Oceania), Drug bust (crew)
Cruise Law News reports a crew member was arrested at Port of Miami for smuggling cocaine when the ship called at port in Miami on January 2, 2019. The Miami Herald reports that Wilford Thobourne was arrested for smuggling three and a half pounds of cocaine which he concealed in the soles of his sandals and in his crotch under five pair of shorts and underwear in his pants. Mr. Thobourne’s Facebook page indicates that he is from Johannesburg, South Africa.

January 4 - Radiance OTS, PAX death snorkeling
From a reader: (CruiseMapper emailed incident) An anonymous passenger (Australian) reported that on December 27, 2018, while Radiance of the Seas, was docked at Mystery Island (Vanuatu), a male passenger drowned ashore. The man (Tim) was traveling together with his wife and 4 children."The Marine Area Command are waiting for the cause of death, so they can determine if they need to review the ship's responsibility on the day. The waters were dangerous for snorkelling that day - no "duty of care" from the cruise staff. Strong currents and undertow from ship's stabilizer contributed to this incident" The incident occurred during 12-day South Pacific Islands holiday cruise (itinerary December 21 - January 2) round trip from homeport Sydney.

January 3 - Viking Orion, Delayed docking (wind)
NZ Herald reports wind has been blamed for the late docking at the Port of Napier on Wednesday. It's maiden Napier berthing was on December 27, and was on time for its scheduled 10am berthing on Wednesday when according to numerous Westshore and Ahuriri shipwatchers it pulled out of its approach but returned and berthed an hour to 90 minutes later. A Napier Port spokesperson said the berthing had to be delayed because of safety issues posed by the winds. MetService reported the strongest gust at Napier Airport in the hour to 10am was 46km/h, while the maximum in the next hour was 44km/h.

January 3 - Viking Star, Illness outbreak
CDC reports 28 of 917 (3.05%) passengers and 5 crew of 449 (1.11%) have reported ill on the December 13 - January 3 cruise. The cause was rotavirus.

January 2 - Riviera (Oceania), Delayed docking (crew death)
Crew Centre reports the sudden death of Giuliano De Cicco who fell from the deck of a cruise ship docked in the Port Miami reports the Italian media. Giuliano De Cicco, age 38, was working as Assistant Destination Manager on Oceania Cruises ship Riviera. According to Italian news sources, Giuliano fell from the bridge on Deck 10 while Oceania Riviera was docked in Port Miami. A crew member working on Oceania Riviera sent us a message saying that Giuliano fell from Deck 16, Forward  Starboard side where the golf field is located. “He fell on the pier and security from Miami they saw that. But he was already dead. “says the crew member. Immediately after the incident, Code Mike (medical emergency code used by Oceania Cruises) was sounded on the ship's loudspeakers. The cruise ship delayed for two hours embarkation of new passengers.

Events 2018