Celebrity Summit accidents and incidents

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CruiseMapper's Celebrity Summit cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2590-passenger vessel owned by Celebrity Cruises. Our Celebrity Summit 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 – 2010*
  • ship grounding - 2003 (rock in Hubbard Glacier Alaska), 2012 (tenderboat in Bar Harbor)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2002 (twice), 2003 (twice), 2004, 2005 (twice), 2006 (twice), 2008, 2009, 2017 (cancelled cruises)
  • Celebrity Cruises fleet’s first female Captain – 2015 (Kate McCue)
  • sailboat rescue – 2017 (Caribbean)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2006 (72 / 12), 2013 (322 / 13)
  • deaths – overboard (2011-crew), 2015 (bus crash in Tortola BVI)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2003), 2006 (bus crash in Juneau Alaska), overboard/rescued (2010), drug bust (2012), 2017 (“mass casualty incident” Portland ME)
  • medevacs – 2012
Date Accident
  16 December 2017 Boat Rescue

On December 16, 2017, while en-route from Antigua to Curacao, the ship responded to a distress call from a sailboat. During the rescue operation was launched a tender boat to load and transport the 6 sailors back to the ship.

The survivors were over a month drifting at sea, and 6 days without food. The boat was sailing from Haiti to Guadeloupe when the sails and rudder were lost in a storm. The boat was also taking on water.

The 6 survivors (2 of which were pregnant) received first aid and food on the cruise ship, then were disembarked in Curacao.

The incident occurred during 11-day Southern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Dec 12-23) roundtrip from homeport San Juan Puerto Rico to the islands St Croix USVI, St Kitts, Antigua, Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire and St Thomas USVI.

  03 July 2017 Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

On July 3, 2017, Maine state’s (USA) emergency services responded to a “mass casualty incident” (abbrev MCI) onboard the cruise ship, en-route from Halifax (NS Canada) to Portland (ME USA). After docking in Portland (~9:30 am), the vessel was boarded by several med teams just to find only 4 people with unrelated medical conditions requiring treatments – 2 with heart-related symptoms, 1 with pneumonia, 1 with a broken leg. The four passengers were ambulanced to a hospital.

“Mass casualty incident” is a multiple-casualty incident / situation in which emergency med services resources (personnel, equipment) are overwhelmed by the number / severity of the casualties. The incident occurred during 11-day “Independence Day Cruise” (itinerary June 27 – July 7) roundtrip from homeport NYC to Canada, with call ports Bar Harbor ME, Saint John NB, Halifax NS, Portland ME, Boston MA, Newport RI.

  April 2017 Propulsion / Power Loss

In March 2017, due to electrical issue with one of the ship’s propulsion motors, two cruises (roundtrips from San Juan Puerto Rico) were officially cancelled. These were itineraries March 27 – April 1 (5-day to St Thomas, St Maarten, St Kitts) and the following itinerary April 1-8 (7-day to Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, St Maarten, St Thomas).

The ship remained fully operational (no impact on its maneuverability). Itinerary April 8-15 was modified, with call port Frederiksted (St Croix Island) dropped. The following itinerary (April 15-22) was shortened from 7 to 4 days. For the last “mini cruise” from Puerto Rico, all passengers were compensated with air fare ($200 PP) and given the option to re-book on another Celebrity cruise for that week.

It was estimated that each of the affected passengers lost around USD 1,000 in airfare and hotels expenses. This accident confirms that purchasing travel insurance is a must.

  06 December 2015 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On December 6, 2015, 2 passengers were killed (pronounced dead at the scene) and 18 others were injured in a bus crash accident on Tortola Island, BVI. The tragedy happened on a Celebrity Cruises sponsored shore excursion to Cane Garden Bay beach on the island. While descending Cane Garden Bay Hill, the tour bus lost control at ~11 am, near Round Hill.

All injured were ambulanced to Peebles Hospital. Assistance was provided by the ship’s med personnel, as well as by local authorities (Police, Fire & Rescue Department, BVI Tourist Board).

The cruise ship was on 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Dec 5-12) roundtrip from homeport San Juan Puerto Rico to Road Town (Tortola), Fort de France (Martinique), Roseau (Dominica), Basseterre (St Kitts), Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas USVI).

  14 July 2015 Other Incidents

On July 14, 2015, the cruise company announced its fleet’s first female Captain will command the Summit ship. Captain Kate McCue (of US origin, aged 37 /as of 2015) started service in August 2015. Seven months earlier, the company announced its first female CEO and President (Lisa Lutoff-Perlo).

  05 July 2015 Propulsion / Power Loss

On July 5, 2015, the vessel stopped in New York harbour for ~5 hours due to technical issue (propulsion motor). After inspection, the ship was towed back to homeport Cape Liberty (Bayonne) New Jersey. The problem started at ~4 am, after the Cape Liberty NJ departure on 7-day Bermuda cruise (itinerary July 5-12) to Kings Wharf. The itinerary was not affected.

  October 2013 Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

September-October 2013, CDC reported on voyage Sept 21 to Oct 5, a major Noro virus outbreak affected a total of 322 passengers (out of 2112, or 15,3%) and 13 crew (out of 952, or 1,4%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on 14-day Canada New England cruise from homeport NYC (Bayonne NJ).

  05 October 2012 Ship Grounding

On October 5, 2012, during passenger tendering back to the ship in call port Bar Harbor ME, a tender boat with 93 passengers and 2 crew ran aground. The tender (number 12) was at sea, between the Sheep Porcupine island and Bar Island, when hit a rocky shoal and stuck. No injuries were reported.

The incident happened at ~7:45 pm (during low tide). Two local marine vessels (fishing boat and whale watcher) assisted the tender and unloaded the passengers. The tender boat sustained serious hull damages and breaches below waterline, and was taken out of service.

  02 September 2012 Coast Guard Medevacs

On September 2, 2012, a male crew (suffering from severe abdominal cramps) was medevaced via USCG assets (Jayhawk helicopter and Hercules aircraft) dispatched from Elizabeth City NC. The ship was approx 290 ml / 470 km off North Carolina's coast.

  03 May 2012 Drug Smuggling

On May 3, 2012, while the ship was docked in call port Kings Wharf Bermuda, a 53-year-old female passenger was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and with drug smuggling. The woman (Jane Howell Carmichael, of US origin) was caught with 4 packages of cocaine (USD 369,000 worth) strapped to her body.

  21 March 2012 Crew / Passenger Crimes

(sexual) On March 21, 2012, during gay-themed cruise (shipcharter by Atlantis Events), 2 male passengers (both of US origin, aged 41 and 43) were arrested in Roseau Dominica and charged with indecent exposure. When the ship was docked in Roseau, both gay men were seen and reported for being naked on their cabin’s balcony. They were enprisoned for 19 hours and fined USD 2000 each (paid to the judge in cash).

  27 December 2011 Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On December 27, 2011, a 30-year-old female crew jumped overboard in the waters near Puerto Rico. The woman (of Filipino origin) worked on the ship as bartender. The conducted USCG search operation failed to find the body. The incident occurred northeast of Culebra island while the ship was en-route to Barbados from Puerto Rico.

  17 August 2011 Crew / Passenger Crimes

(law news) On August 19, 2011, a 48-year-old male passenger (of US origin) was fined in Bermuda US$1000 (paid in cash immediately). The man was charged with drug possession and admitted having 6 grams of marijuana. The drug was found in his cabin on Aug 17 after the ship’s security received a tip-off and search the stateroom.

  03 April 2010 Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

(overboard) On April 3, 2010, a male passenger fell overboard in the waters near Puerto Rico. The man (Bob Gricius) didn’t die, but instead swam for nearly 19 hours to Cayo Lobos Island, which is approx 3 ml / 5 km off Purto Rico’s coast.

  23 February 2009 Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

On February 23, 2009, 166 passengers sustained injuries in a tour bus crash incident on a Celebrity Cruises sponsored shore excursion in Roseau Dominica. Some of them were flown to Miami and ambulanced to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Among the lesser injuries were lacerations, bumps and bruises. Three passengers suffered fractures.

The tour bus was returning from a cooking-themed excursion. The ship was on 7-night cruise (itinerary Feb 21-28) roundtrip from homeport San Juan Puerto Rico.

  31 January 2009 Propulsion / Power Loss

On January 31, 2009, the 7-day Southern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from homeport San Juan Puerto Rico was shortened to 6-days, and call port Tobago was dropped due to a mechanical issues (“electrical problem”) needing drydock repairs. The next 2 Caribbean itineraries were cancelled.

  17 November 2008 Propulsion / Power Loss

On November 17, 2008, during 14-day Mediterranean cruise (itinerary Nov 1-15), propulsion problems resulted in reduced cruising speed (down to 17 mph / 28 kph) and itinerary change - call port Split Croatia was dropped.

  November 2006 Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

In November 2006, CDC reported on the voyage Nov 11 to 25, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 72 passengers (out of 1911, or 3,8%) and 12 crew (out of 942, or 1,3%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.

  08 September 2006 Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

On September 8, 2006, 15 passengers suffered minor injuries in a tour bus crash accident on a Celebrity Cruises sponsored shore excursion in Juneau Alaska. The tour bus driver was charged with reckless driving.

  10 May 2006 Propulsion / Power Loss

On May 10, 2006, during 13-day Alaskan repositioning cruise (itinerary May 7-20) from San Diego CA to Vancouver (BC Canada), the ship experienced propeller (propulsion) issues. The incident resulted in itinerary change (call ports Seattle WA and Sitka AK were dropped) as well as passenger unrest and protests. The May 20 voyage was cancelled for drydock repairs (starboard Azipod bearing replacement).

  25 May 2005 Propulsion / Power Loss

On May 25, 2005, due to needed starboard propulsion unit repairs, the 7-day Alaskan cruise (itinerary May 27 - June 3) was shortened by 1 day (skipping call port Ketchikan AK) while the next scheduled (June 3) itinerary was cancelled.

  September 2004 Structural and Technical Issues

On September 1, 2004, the ship entered drydock for repairs due to experienced starboard propulsion unit malfunctioning. The Sept 10 voyage was cancelled. The next scheduled (Sept 17) voyage was delayed 3 days.

  28 July 2003 Crew / Passenger Crimes

(sexual) On July 28, 2003, a 33-year-old male crew was accused of inappropriately touching (during a Spa massage) and charged with sexual assault of a female passenger.

  09 July 2003 Ship Grounding

On July 9, 2003, the vessel’s hull was damaged when it hit a rock upon leaving Hubbard Glacier (Alaska). The accident was caused by human error – the assisting pilot called out instructions but a crew steered.

The incident resulted in a 10 ft / 3 m long ballast-tank hole (midship) and a 140 ft / 43 m long hull crease. Two days later, the vessel docked in Seward AK. The July 11 departure was delayed by 2 days for repairs.

  March 2002 Propulsion / Power Loss

In 2002, two itineraries were affected by propulsion problems needing drydock repairs. Voyage March 23 was cancelled, while voyage April 8 was shortened from 11 to 7 nights.

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