Celebrity Infinity accidents and incidents



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294 m / 965 ft

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CruiseMapper's Celebrity Infinity cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2604-passenger vessel owned by Celebrity Cruises. Our Celebrity Infinity 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 – 2005, 2010
  • pier collision/allision – 2016 (Ketchikan Alaska)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 (twice), 2010, 2012, 2018 (Antarctica)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2005 (total 800+), 2006 (105 / 20), 2013 (101 / 17), 2015 (106 / 6), 2015-South America (600+)
Date Accident
  February 2018 Propulsion / Power Loss

Due to technical / propulsion system issues, the 14-night "Antarctica Cruise" (itinerary February 18 - March 4, 2018) roundtrip from Buenos Aires was modified. The original South American itinerary included Ushuaia, Cape Horn, Antarctica (Paradise Harbor, Elephant Island), Falkland Islands (Port Stanley), Puerto Madryn (cancelled) and Montevideo.

As the ship operated at reduced speed, from the itinerary was dropped call port Puerto Madryn Argentina  (March 1, replaced with seaday) and 2 call ports (Ushuaia and Cape Horn) were with shortened port times.

As compensation, all passengers were refunded (the amount equal to 1 day).

  03 June 2016 Ship Collision / Allision

(pier collision) On June 3, 2016, while docking in call port Ketchikan Alaska, at ~ 2 pm the ship hit Berth 3. The accident resulted in damages to both the vessel and the dock. According to the Harbormaster, the damage made the dock unusable until fixed. Repairs cost around USD 2 million. Damages included the metal bridge and two of all three mooring dolphins.

After the collision the cruise ship was docked at Berth 2. The vessel sustained hull damages (a small hole and a minor scratch) both above waterline. No taking on water, listing or any injuries were reported. Gust winds in the area were around 45 mph / 70 kph.

Repairs at Berth 3 started on June 7 with scheduled finish on July 5. The accident occurred on 7-day Alaskan cruise (itinerary May 29 – June 5) roundtrip from homeport Vancouver BC (Canada) to Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Ketchikan.

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

  November 2015 Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

On November 20, 2015, the ship experienced an (unreported) illness outbreak, arriving under “Code Red” in homeport San Diego CA. The incident occurred during 15-day Panama Canal cruise (itinerary Nov 5-20) from Florida to California (westbound transition Fort Lauderdale to San Diego). Passenger embarkation for the next scheduled cruise (the reverse / eastbound Panama Canal transition itinerary Nov 20 – Dec 5) was delayed due to cleaning procedures.

Note: When the itinerary doesn’t include US cruise ports, the ship is not required to report to CDC, thus no official illness report would be issued. Strangely, this illness incident was not reported by CDC.

  April 2015 Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

March-April 2015, CDC reported on voyage Mar 29 to Apr 13, a Norovirus outbreak affected 106 passengers (out of 2117, or 5%) and 6 crew (out of 964, or 0,6%). The ship was on 15-night Panama Canal transition cruise from Fort Lauderdale FL to San Diego CA.

On the previous 14-night South American cruise (itinerary Feb 15 to Mar 1) roundtrip from Buenos Aires Argentina, passengers reported an illness outbreak which affected between 1/3 to 1/2 of all people on the ship. The sick were suffering from influenza-like symptoms, many also experiencing respiratory system problems.

  April 2013 Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

March-April 2013, CDC reported on voyage Mar 17 to Apr 1, a Norovirus outbreak affected 101 passengers (out of 2086, or 4,8%) and 17 crew (out of 927, or 2,1%). The ship was on 14-day Caribbean cruise from homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida.

  23 June 2010 Propulsion / Power Loss

On June 23, 2010, in the evening, while the vessel was docked in call port Skagway Alaska, an electrical fire incident caused power loss for ~3 hours.

  20 June 2010 Propulsion / Power Loss

On June 20, 2010, the ship was docked in call port Ketchecan Alaska and delayed its departure by ~6 hours due to mechanical problems. The Navigation Bridge was unable to command the engines. The incident caused itinerary change (Tracy Arm Fjord was dropped).

  03 December 2006 Propulsion / Power Loss

On December 3, 2006, the ship was on 14-day South American cruise (itinerary (Nov 19 – Dec 3) from Florida (Fort Lauderdale to Valparaiso-Santiago Chile). As the propulsion system failed (starboard Azipod), the vessel had to stay an extra day (~25 hours) in call port Lima Peru for repairs and the itinerary was changed (call port Arica Chile was dropped). Passengers were compensated with US$ 500 in onboard credit per cabin.

  September 2006 Structural and Technical Issues

The September 13, 2006 voyage was cancelled for drydock repairs. The ship’s starboard Azipod was replaced.

  16 July 2006 Propulsion / Power Loss

On July 16, 2006, propulsion problems resulted in reduced speed and itinerary changes during 7-day Alaskan cruise from homeport Vancouver BC Canada. Call port Sitka AK was dropped. The vessel also arrived ~2 hours late in Vancouver.

As compensation, all passengers received US$500 in onboard credit per cabin, US$200 per person onboard credit for a future Celebrity cruise, plus US$100 PP for flights change fees. The next itinerary (departure July 18) was delayed by 1 day. Sitka AK was again skipped, while the Hubbard Glacier stay was shortened. All passengers received US$500 per cabin onboard credit plus US$200 onboard credit for next Celebrity cruise booking.

  July 2006 Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

In July 2006, CDC reported on the voyage July 9 to 16, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 105 passengers (out of 2282, or 4,6%) and 20 crew (out of 952, or 2,1%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on 7-day Alaskan cruise roundtrip from homeport Vancouver BC Canada.

  23 March 2005 Structural and Technical Issues

On March 23, 2005, the 10-night Hawaiian Islands cruise from Ensenada Mexico was cancelled to allow the ship to enter drydock for repairs (replacement of the starboard Azipod’s bearing / propulsion unit). Booked passengers received full refunds and free Celebrity cruise certificates (10-days or shorter itinerary).

  January 2005 Fire Accident

In January 2005, a passenger reported a cruise cabin fire incident on deck 7, causing a severe damage to stateroom number 7067.

  January 2005 Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

On two consecutive itineraries in January 2005 (Jan 3-17, and Jan 17-31) were reported hundreds of passengers (over 800 on both voyages) affected by major Norovirus cruise outbreaks.

On the second voyage, the illness outbreak was even called “epidemic” (with 600+ infected). Crew was cleaning constantly and sanitizing everything. The food was served with latex gloves. The buffet was waiter-served.

Note: When the itinerary doesn’t include US cruise ports, the ship is not required to report to CDC, thus no official illness report would be issued.

  09 March 2004 Propulsion / Power Loss

On March 9, 2004, during South American voyage, the vessel experienced propulsion issues and operated at reduced cruising speed (max 18 mph / 30 kph) which caused itinerary changes.

  29 January 2003 Propulsion / Power Loss

On January 29, 2003, engine issues forced the cruise company to end early the current Panama Canal transition cruise. According to schedule, the voyage had to end in San Diego CA (on Feb 2) but ended in Acapulco Mexico (on Jan 30). Next three scheduled Mexican Riviera itineraries (departures Feb 2, 13, 23) were cancelled for drydock repairs (replacement of the portside Azipod’s bearing).

  April 2002 Structural and Technical Issues

In April 2002, two itineraries were canceled, allowing the vessel to enter drydock for propulsion system repairs.

  June 2001 Propulsion / Power Loss

In June 2001, two Alaskan voyages were cancelled due to engine problems.

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