Carnival Triumph accidents and incidents

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CruiseMapper's Carnival Triumph cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 3310-passenger vessel owned by Carnival Cruise Line. Our Carnival Triumph accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • fire – 2013
  • propulsion/power loss – 2010, 2014, 2013 (engine room fire), 2017
  • ship seizure – 2012 (in Galveston TX, USA)
  • mooring lines failure – 2013 (Mobile Alabama)
  • deaths – overboard (2015, 2018), 2016 (drowning in Cozumel)
  • injuries/crimes – 2017
  • medevacs – 2015, 2016, 2017
Date Accident
  21 January 2018 Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On January 21, 2018, a 44-year-old female passenger was reported fell overboard while the ship was in Gulf of Mexico, en-route to Cozumel Mexico. The liner started a search and rescue operation, later joined by ISCG vessels. The woman (Juwanna Brooks) was traveling on her first ever voyage. The body was not found.

The ship was on 5-day Mexico cruise (itinerary Jan 20-25) roundtrip from homeport NOLA New Orleans to Cozumel (Jan 22) and Progreso (Jan 23).

  30 November 2017 Propulsion / Power Loss

On November 30, 2017, due to technical (propulsion) issues resulting in reduced speed, the ship’s scheduled arrival in homeport NOLA (New Orleans) was delayed until 8 pm. Carnival provided passengers with the option to disembark the ship (in the evening) or remain onboard and disembark on December 1 (in the morning). The next scheduled 5-day Mexico cruise (itinerary Nov 30 – Dec 4) to Cozumel and Progreso was canceled.

The vessel entered drydock for repairs in Mobile Alabama. As compensation, all booked customers received full refund, plus 25% future Carnival cruise booking credit.

  07 July 2017 Coast Guard Medevacs

On July 7, 2017, a 40-year-old male passenger experiencing gastrointestinal bleeding was medevaced by an USCG boat dispatched from Venice Louisiana.

  24 March 2017 Crew / Passenger Crimes

(sexual) On March 24, 2017, a 48-year-old female passenger was reported missing to cruise ship’s security personnel. The woman was last seen at the ship’s Hollywood Disco (on Deck 5 Promenade). However, after the missing report, she was later found in a passenger stateroom (occupied by a couple from Georgia USA) on Deck 8 Verandah.

The woman later complained of feeling sick and her underwear was missing. During the medical exam in the ship’s infirmary she said the couple “had touched her places you should not be touched”. During the following FBI investigation, agents searched the couple’s cabin and found drugs (various pills and capsules). As the incident occurred in international waters (Gulf of Mexico), the FBI didn’t press any charges. The couple was later investigatigated for sexual battery.

  25 January 2017 Coast Guard Medevacs

On January 25, 2017, a 45-year-old male passenger suffering from heart attack was medevaced from the ship. The USCG dispatched a helicopter from New Orleans to the ship’s location - approx 11 ml / 18 km south of Southwest Pass (Mississippi River channel, Louisiana). The man and a crew nurse were airlifted and flown to New Orleans, then ambulanced to Marrero’s West Jefferson Medical Center. The incident occurred in the end of a 6-day Mexico cruise from NOLA (itinerary Jan 21-26) to Cozumel and Progreso.

  19 December 2016 Coast Guard Medevacs

On December 19, 2016, a 60-years-old female passenger needing dialysis was medevaced by a USCG (Station Venice) crew. The ship was approx 14 ml / 23 km south of Southwest Pass channel (Mississippi River, Louisiana).

  18 March 2016 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On March 18, 2016, a 56-year-old male passenger died from drowning in Cozumel (Sky Reef beach). The man, accompanied by his wife, decided to swim at Sky Reef’s southside beach at ~12:20 pm. Later his body was spotted by the tour guide floating behind a buoy.

  03 October 2015 Coast Guard Medevacs

On October 3, 2015, a 43-year-old female passenger (suffering from heart attack) was medevaced by USCG assets. The incident occurred at ~3:50 am, when the ship was approx 115 ml / 185 km southeast of homeport Galveston Texas, and returning from a 4-day cruise to Cozumel Mexico. The woman and a crew nurse were hoisted by MH-65 helicopter team and transported to Galveston Airport, then ambulanced to UTMB (University of Texas Medical Branch).

  17 March 2015 Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On March 17, 2015, a 54-year-old male passenger jumped overboard while the ship was on 4-day Mexico cruise from Galveston TX, and near Progreso Mexico. The ship’s CCTV camera footage review confirmed the jump. The man was pronounced missing. The ship altered its course and conducted search and rescue operation together with local authorities. On March 18, the Mexican authorities found what was believed to be the man’s body. The body was later sent  to the USA for identification.

  01 February 2014 Propulsion / Power Loss

On February 1, 2014, the ship experienced power loss for ~8 min while en-route to Galveston from Cozumel Mexico. The vessel returned in Galveston YX according to schedule. The cruise line’s official statement said the power outage was caused by “electrical breaker failure”. The vessel’s new emergency generator came on and delivered power until needed. All hotel services and the propulsion system functioned normally.

  03 April 2013 Structural and Technical Issues

(mooring failure) On April 3, 2013, while the ship was docked at Mobile AL (BAE Systems shipyard) for repairs, strong winds exceeding 65 mph / 105 kph caused its mooring lines to break loose. Additionally, four of the bollards on the pier broke apart. The ship drifted all the way over the channel and ran into a sand-dredge ship positioned on the other side. The mooring accident resulted in ~20 ft / 6 m long gash in the ship’s stern (between decks 4 and 5 starboard). Also, several hull plates were punctured.

Assisted by tugboats, the cruise ship was moved back to Mobile Cruise Terminal. No injuries were reported among all the 200 contract workers and ~600 ship crew. However, a shipyard worker died and another one was seriously injured when the end section of the pier collapsed in the water.

Two more scheduled voyages were cancelled due to the mooring incident. The vessel entered service on June 13, 2013. All booked passengers received as compensation full refund, reimbursement for all their travel expenses, plus 25% future Carnival cruise booking discount.

Total cost of this accident was estimated at USD 2,9 million. Of those, USD 2,7 million were on the ship alone. On May 8, 2013, the ship left Mobile AL under own power for Freeport (Bahamas) where entered into drydock for final repairs and "Fun Ship 2.0" refurbishment upgrades.

US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an official report about the mooring accident. It stated as probable cause the failure of all 20 mooring lines (10 fore, 10 aft). The report also stated BAE Systems knew about the poor condition of the pier's bollards.

The Triumph cruise ship in 2013 was "Fun Ship 2.0" refurbished at a total cost of USD 115 million.

The shipowner Carnival Corporation filed a complaint against BAE Systems for the damages caused by the Triumph's mooring incident - estimated at USD 12,6 million.

  10 February 2013 Fire Accident

On February 10, 2013 (Sunday, at ~5:30 am CST), while the ship was on a 4-day Mexico cruise from Galveston TX, a fire broke out in the aft engine room. The vessel was left motionless (without propulsion) in Gulf of Mexico, approx 241 km / 150 ml off Yucatan Peninsula. The engine fire was soon extinguished. No injuries among the 3143 passengers and the 1086 crew were reported.

The power loss was a result of the activation of the automatic fire suppression system. Other unfortunate results were inoperational air-conditioning, elevators, all toilets, the kitchen equipment (affecting hot meals), the fresh-water system. On Monday (Feb 11) the crew restored the freshwater system. The auxiliary power was also restored for the basic hotel functions (most of the toilets / not in all sections). Power was restored to some elevators and in the Lido buffet restaurant.

Carnival Cruise Lines’ first decision was to tow the ship to Progreso Mexico (as closest port) from where passengers could be flown back to USA. Two tugboats were sent to assist the disabled cruise ship – 1 from Mexico and 1 from Mobile AL. Additional crew and staff were sent to the ship. Fleetmate Carnival Legend helped with providing food and supplies.

Unfortunately, due to strong currents, the ship drifted approx 145 km / 90 ml north. This was the reason for the cruise line to decide to tow the ship to Mobile instead to Progreso. Over 900 of the passengers were traveling without their passports, which was another reason for the Alabama choice. From Mobile, all passengers were transported via buses to New Orleans, where a total of 1500 hotel rooms were reserved for them by the shipowner Carnival Corporation. On Wednesday, an USCG helicopter delivered an electrical generator with cables for additional power. At 12:40 pm EST, US Customs and Border Patrol personnel boarded the vessel to speed up the passenger disembarkation process when the ship arrived in Mobile AL.

Carnival Cruise Lines compensated all passengers with a full refund, and also covered all transfers and transportation expenses. Passengers also received a future Carnival cruise credit equal to the amount paid for the accident voyage (3 to 5 days long itinerary), plus extra USD 500 in cash per person, plus reimbursement of all onboard purchases (excepting only gift purchases and onboard Casino charges). Passengers with cars parked at Port Galveston were transported via buses from Houston Airport to Galveston. Port Galveston issued refunds or free parking vouchers on future Carnival cruises to passengers on the accident voyage.

On all cancelled itineraries (following the fire accident), the cruise company offered 25% off booking discount for customers switching to another 3-5 day itinerary or a 15% booking discount for longer 6+ days itineraries. Also added were full refund, nonrefundable transportation costs, prepaid Carnival shore excursions, tips (gratuities), Government taxes and port fees.

With a number of cancelled cruises, the ship entered dry-dock for repairs and extensive sanitation. The vessel was out of service through mid June 2013. Cruise industry analysis showed the Carnival Triumph fire accident cost Carnival Corporation around USD 0,1 per share. In money, this was nearly USD 80 million (lost revenue, reimbursements, repairs, etc).

As an act of good will, In 2013 Carnival Corporation voluntarily repaid the US Government for the help received from USCG and US Navy vessels related to the fire accidents on Triumph (2013) and Splendor (2010). With the payment submitted to the US Treasury, Carnival reimbursed the federal government for all expenses related to these incidents.

  • Splendor's fire cost USCG USD 1,5 million and US Navy USD 1,9 million.
  • Triumph's fire cost USCG USD 0,8 million.
  • Carnival officially stressed that no agencies have requested remuneration, so the company made this decision voluntarily.
  • It all started with US Senator J. Rockefeller asking in an open letter to Carnival Cruise Lines whether the company would repay the US Gov for the Triumph and Splendor cases.
  • Some of the most popular comments on company's decision were that it shouldn't pay - it's the USCG job to provide maritime rescue operations, the money's already in the budget, this act sets an awful lot of precedents.
  29 March 2012 Other Incidents

(cruise ship seizure in Galveston) On March 29, 2012, an US judge ordered the vessel to be seized in Galveston TX. The warrant order was based on a USD 10 million lawsuit filed in Galveston federal court. The lawsuit was filed by relatives of a German passenger who died in the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster.

The warrant ordering the seizure in port stated the court found the conditions for an attachment of defendants’ joint and collective property within the Galveston district (MS Carnival Triumph vessel) exist upon a maritime claim. The ship was allowed to disembark all the passengers and offload its cargo. The vessel moved between berths until a hearing was scheduled.

  18 November 2010 Structural and Technical Issues

On November 18, 2010, ~ 1 gallon (~4 liters) of hydraulic oil was discharged from the forward bow thruster’s shaft seal. The bow thruster (propulsion unit) was secured and the leak was stopped.

  14 March 2010 Propulsion / Power Loss

On March 14, 2010, the ship experienced a propulsion system problems (LMR MM 8 reduction).

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