Disney Fantasy accidents and incidents



Length (LOA)
339 m / 1112 ft

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CruiseMapper's Disney Fantasy cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 3500-passenger vessel owned by Disney Cruise Line. Our Disney Fantasy accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

Here are also reported latest updates on cruise law news related to ashore and shipboard crimes still investigated by the police. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

  • 2011 – onboard flooding (during ship construction)
  • ship listing - 2012 (damages by Hurricane Sandy)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2016, 2017
  • injuries/crimes – near drowning (2013-kid, 2015-Castaway Cay), 2014 (Key West)
  • medevacs – 2013, 2014, 2015
Date Accident
  09 September 2017 Other Incidents

In September 2017, one Eastern Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral (itinerary Sept 9-16 / 7-day to Tortola BVI, St Thomas and Castaway Cay) was cancelled due to hurricane Irma. All cancelled bookings received full refunds plus 25% future Disney cruise credit. All booked shore excursions were fully refunded.

  19 May 2017 Propulsion / Power Loss

On May 19, 2017, while en-route from Castaway Cay (Bahamas) back to homeport Cape Canaveral (Orlando Florida), the vessel suffered a propulsion problem resulting in reduced speed and late arrival in Florida. The accident occurred during 3-night Bahamas cruise (itinerary May 17-20).

  05 February 2016 Propulsion / Power Loss

On February 5, 2016, the vessel suffered a mechanical issue (portside engine failure). The incident resulted in reduced cruising speed (17 kn / 20 mph / 31 kph as opposed to 22 kn / 25 mph / 41 kph) and itinerary change – call port Castaway Cay (Disney private island) was skipped. The ship was on 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Jan 30 – Feb 6) from Port Canaveral to Tortola BVI, St Thomas USVI, Castaway Cay Bahamas.

  28 February 2015 Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

On February 28, 2015, a male passenger nearly drowned on the Disney Cruise Lines private island in Bahamas Castaway Cay. The incident occurred at the island’s family beach, where a lifeguard found him in the water unresponsive. The man was wearing snorkeling gear. He was brought ashore, given life saving procedures, then medevaced via USCG helicopter to Miami.

  20 February 2014 Coast Guard Medevacs

On February 20, 2014, a 21-year-old male passenger suffering chest pains and breathing difficulties was medevaced via USCG helicopter. The incident occurred ashore, when the ship was docked in call port Key West Florida. The young man had just finished 2 scuba diving sessions. When he returned to the ship, he complained of chest pains. At the infirmary, the X-rays scan showed one of the lungs was partially collapsed.

  07 April 2013 Coast Guard Medevacs

On April 7, 2013, the ship left homeport Port Canaveral (Orlando) Florida at ~5 pm, but had to return back to port at ~8:30 pm due to 2 medical emergencies. The reported emergencies were a 77-year-old male passenger with a heart condition, and a  6-year-old boy with diabetes. Both passengers were disembarked and transported at a local hospital for treatments.

  30 March 2013 Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

On March 30, 2013, a 4-year-old kid nearly drowned at the family swimming pool (Donald’s Pool on Lido Deck 11). The incident occurred at ~3:30 pm, after the little boy’s family had just boarded the ship for 7-day Western Caribbean cruise from homeport Port Canaveral Florida.

The little kid (Chase Lykken, from Minnesota) was found in the pool unresponsive, but with a pulse and breathing. His parents (Chris and Lisa) were not at the pool, but arrived after the rescue. He was immediately airlifted to the emergency room of the Cocoa Beach’s Cape Canaveral Hospital, then flown by medical ambulance to Orlando’s Arnold Palmer Hospital.

The incident caused a ~1 hour delayed departure. Major news media reported later that the kid may suffer a serious brain damage due to the continuous lack of oxygen to the brain. On April 1 was reported that after initially being in a coma, the kid became alert and his condition was stable.

  26 October 2012 Ship Listing

On October 26, 2012, the vessel sustained serious interior damages after being hit by the Hurricane Sandy. The ship was severely listing and rocking in rough waters through the whole night. This weather related incident occurred during 7-day roundtrip cruise from Port Canaveral FL.

The storm picked up at ~8:30 pm, followed by progressive tilting. The most intense moments were after ~2 am, when the ship’s violent rocking / listing caused TVs and furniture damages, broken glassware and dishes, emptied swimming pools, partially flooded Atrium Lobby and hallways. The Captain commanded all passengers to remain in their cabins. The ship’s specialty restaurants (“Remy” and “Palo”) also sustained serious damages. Storm’s power that night exceeded what was forecasted for the area.

  28 February 2012 Other Incidents

On February 28, 2012, the cruise ship arrived in the USA for the very first time, docking in NYC New York. The vessel’s christening ceremony took place on March 1. Its godmother was the American singer Mariah Carey, who also made several live performances at the ship’s theater.

  09 December 2011 Structural and Technical Issues

On December 9, 2011, during the construction at the shipbuilding yard in Papenburg Germany, several waterlines on the vessel (in drydock) were found open. The incident resulted in a total of 48 passenger cabins being flooded, which cost the German shipbuilder Meyer Werft  ~EUR 1 million in damages.

  13 September 2011 Other Incidents

On September 13, 2011, Disney Cruises, at the company’s official FB page announced the stern character on the Fantasy ship will be the Flying Elephant Dumbo.

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