Carnival Miracle accidents and incidents



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292 m / 958 ft

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CruiseMapper's Carnival Miracle cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2549-passenger vessel owned by Carnival Cruise Line. Our Carnival Miracle accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • pier collision/allision – 2010 (Port Zante, Basseterre St Kitts)
  • tender boats malfunction – 2010, 2011
  • propulsion/power loss – 2008, 2014
  • Norovirus – 2013 (~2% of all), 2014 (50 pax)
  • deaths – 2010, 2011 (crew overboard), 2013, 2016
  • injuries/crimes – 2010, 2011, 2013, overboard/rescued (2014)
  • medevacs – 2015
Date Accident
  18 March 2016 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On March 18, 2016, a 47-year-old male passenger was found dead in his cabin. The ship was en-route from Cabo San Lucas to Los Angeles, returning from a 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise (itinerary March 12-19). The next day the ship arrived in LA and was boarded by FBI agents. Due to the investigation, passenger disembarkation was delayed by ~1,5 hours.

  31 July 2015 Coast Guard Medevacs

On July 31, 2015, a 35-year-old female passenger suffering from abdominal pains was medevaced via USCG helicopter dispatched from San Diego CA.

  12 September 2014 Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

On September 12, 2014, a male crew suffered an eye injury while changing the brush on a cleaning machine in the laundry room. The injured man was disembarked to a clinic in Sitka Alaska, then ambulanced to Seattle WA for advanced medical treatment.

  18 April 2014 Propulsion / Power Loss

On April 18, 2014, a propulsion unit / Azipod thruster issue (affecting the ship’s cruising speed) forced Carnival Cruise Lines to change the Alaskan itinerary. The vessel was slowed from 21 kn to 18 knots (21 mph / 33 kph). The Azipod unit was fixed during the drydock refurbishment in 2015. Carnival provided all passengers canceling their Alaska cruises with full refund.

The list of affected voyages (itinerary changes) included departures May 6 and May 13 (Skagway replaced Sitka), May 20 through August 26 (Ketchikan was cancelled, Victoria and Juneau had extended port stays), September 18 (Hawaii port sequence changes, 1 day stay in Maui), September 10 (port sequence changes).

  22 February 2014 Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

(overboard) On February 22, 2014, a female passenger fell overboard from her cabin’s balcony. The ship turned around, lowered a rescue boat and started a search and rescue operation. The woman was found alive and taken to the ship’s hospital.

  January 2014 Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

On January 25, 2014, while the ship was on a 6-day Mexican Riviera cruise from Los Angeles (itinerary January 12-18) and en-route to Puerto Vallarta, at least 50 passengers suffered from Noro virus symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea).

  16 June 2013 Coast Guard Medevacs

On June 16, 2013, the ship was on a 7-day Alaskan cruise and just departing from Juneau AK when a female passenger suffered an injury (no data) requiring advanced medical care. The ship requested USCG assistance, and the local Station send a small boat for the medevac.

  March 2013 Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

On March 16, 2013, passengers reported a Norovirus outbreak on the ship during the previous voyage. The ship left NYC to Caribbean, and the illness affected at least 2% of all passengers and crew. All sick were quarantined in their cabins. Strangely, no CDC report was issued on the incident.

Miracle was one of the last cruise ships that stopped at the illness source – Grand Turk, before this call port was canceled in all itineraries March 26 through April 4, 2013. The next departure from NYC (March 16)  was delayed by ~3 hours for extensive shipboard sanitation procedures.

  26 February 2013 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On February 26, 2013, an 18-year-old male passenger died in his cabin from alcohol poisoning(unofficial information).

  21 February 2013 Other Incidents

On February 21, 2013, the Port Canaveral departure was delayed because of a bomb threat emailed to the port authorities. The cruise port terminal was temporarily closed after the bomb threat was received at ~5 pm. A safety zone was established and the whole traffic was stopped.

The ship was not allowed to board passengers or crew due to the vessel’s proximity (approx 1 ml / 2 km) to the Victory Casino Cruises boat (mentioned in the mail as the bomb carrier). After conducting multiple searches and not founding any explosive devices, authorities re-opened the cruise port and the ship was cleared for embarkation.

  11 June 2011 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On June 11, 2011, a male passenger died from natural causes.

  15 March 2011 Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On March 15, 2011, a 47-year-old male crew (of Filipino origin) was reported missing and presumed fell overboard. The accident occurred when the ship was in Southern Caribbean waters between Curacao and Aruba. The conducted search didn’t find the body.

  28 January 2011 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On January 28, 2011, while the ship was en-route to homeport Fort Lauderdale from Curacao, a male passenger was found by his wife lying unconscious in their stateroom’s bathroom. For ~20 min medical staff performed CPR, with no response. The dead passenger had a previous medical conditions (HTN-hypertension and Diabetes) and was on medications.

  20 January 2011 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On January 20, 2011, a male passenger with pre-existing medical problems died. Death case was filed as “unknown, possible cardiac”.

  18 January 2011 Structural and Technical Issues

On January 18, 2011, during the ship's annual life-saving equipment inspection, one of the passenger tender boats (number 3) malfunctioned. Its both wire ropes (located fore and af) were replaced.

  04 February 2010 Structural and Technical Issues

On February 4, 2010, while berthed in Port Limon (Costa Rica), one of the ship’s passenger tender boats (number 6) malfunctioned (winch brake failed). Repairs were made while the ship was moored in Belize City.

  28 January 2010 Ship Collision / Allision

(pier collision) On January 28, 2010, at ~11 am, upon berthing in Port Zante (Basseterre, St Kitts), a sudden gust of wind pushed the vessel starboard against the pier. The ship hit one of the pier's dolphins and a fender. Passengers disembarkation was done at Port Zante (in the center of Basseterre bay). As the ship sustained hull damages, a Puerto Rican team of welders started patching works so the vessel to be allowed to depart from ST Kitts on the next day (Jan 29) back to homeport Port Everglades Florida. Port Zante terminal facility was also damaged.

Note: This type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).

  19 January 2010 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On January 19, 2010, after visiting the onboard infirmary, a male passenger went to its cabin and died in bed. His spouse tried CPR, then called the medical staff, but all efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Investigation showed that death was result of medical problems previous to boarding the ship.

  10 January 2010 Structural and Technical Issues

On January 10, 2010, while berthed in St Marteen, one of the ship’s passenger tender boats (number 1) malfunctioned (the winch brake failed).

  07 January 2010 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On January 7, 2010, the ship was en-route to St Marteen when a male passenger seating at Maguire’s Bar suddenly collapsed and died. Medical staff was unsuccessful in reviving him. The man had been previously on medication, suffering from cardiac arrhythmia (Supraventricular Tachycardia).

  23 December 2008 Propulsion / Power Loss

On December 23, 2008, while on a 8-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary Dec 15-23) from homeport Fort Lauderdale, the ship experienced propulsion issues (Azipod bearing). The incident resulted in reduced cruising speed and caused itinerary changes. Costa Rica and Panama ports were dropped and replaced with Mexico (Costa Maya, Cozumel) and Honduras (Roatan Island). The propulsion was fixed during the Feb-Mar 2009 drydock. Because of this unscheduled drydock , 3 cruises were cancelled (departures Feb 25, Mar 5 and 13).

  07 July 2008 Propulsion / Power Loss

On July 7, 2008, the ship was running at lower cruising speed (up to 18 kn / 21 mph / 33 kph) due to propulsion system malfunction. On the current itinerary, call port Tortola (BVI) was dropped and replaced with Grand Turk. The itinerary change remained until the drydock repairs in early 2009.

  31 July 2004 Other Incidents

On July 31, 2004, while the ship was en-route to homeport NYC New York, at 4 am (~5 hours before docking), an announcement via the PA system said “This is the Captain speaking. All crew members abandon ship”. A few minutes later, via the PA system a female crew said that the previous message was a mistake. Later, the Captain apologized explaining that some teenagers made a prank accessing the PA system.

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