Grand Princess accidents and incidents

Grand Princess cruise ship
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Cabins
1301

Length (LOA)
289 m / 948 ft

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CruiseMapper's Grand Princess cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 3122-passenger vessel owned by Princess Cruises. Our Grand Princess 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • fires – 2008 (Jamaica), 2015 (Hawaii)
  • ship listing/tilting – 2006
  • ship grounding - 2006 (Livorno Italy)
  • tender boat fall at sea (2016, Hawaii)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2005 (twice), 2006 (twice), 2008 (twice), 2012, 2014, 2016
  • deaths – overboard (1999, 2013, 2014-crew)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2006-crew, 2007), drug bust (2011), 2013
  • medevacs – 2015, 2017, 2018 (2)
DateAccident
  13 August 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On August 13, 2018, a 76-year-old female passenger (suffering kidney failure) was medevaced from the ship off the coast of Oregon USA, approx 80 km (50 ml) southwest of Coos Bay. The elderly woman and a crew nurse were airlifted by an USCG helicopter crew and transported to Bay Area Hospital Heliport (Coos Bay OR).

The incident occurred in the end of 10-day Inside Passage Alaska cruise (itinerary Aug 4-14) roundtrip from homeport San Francisco CA to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, and Victoria (BC Canada).

  31 January 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On January 31, 2018, a 71-year-old female passenger (experiencing stroke-like symptoms) was medevaced from ship approx 15 ml / 23 km south of Oahu Island (Hawaii). The USCG dispatched from Air Station Barbers Point an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. The woman was transported to The Queen's Medical Center (Honolulu, Hawaii) in stable condition.

 

During the medical evacuation,the ship was en-route from Lahaina (Maui Island) to Ensenada Mexico, on 15-day Hawaiian Islands cruise (itinerary Jan 22 - Feb 6) roundtrip from homeport San Francisco CA.

  14 August 2017Coast Guard Medevacs

On August 14, 2017, a 70-year-old male passenger was medevaced while the ship was in Straight of Juan de Fuca (Salish Sea, Pacific Ocean). The elderly man needed surgery and CT-Scan. He was airlifted by an USCG MH-65 Dolphin helicopter team dispatched from Air Station Port Angeles.

The elderly man was transferred to Airlift Northwest helicopter then ambulanced to Harborview Medical Center (Seattle) in stable condition. The ship was on 10-day Alaska Inside Passage cruise (itinerary Aug 6-16) roundtrip from homeport San Francisco.

  09 August 2017Other Incidents

On August 9, 2017, the cruise ship entered into Port Ketchikan AK with a dead humpback whale lodged on its bow. The incident happened during 10-day Alaskan cruise (itinerary August 6-16) roundtrip from homeport San Francisco to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Victoria BC (Canada).

  04 December 2016Structural and Technical Issues

(tender boat accident) On December 4, 2016, a faulty tender platform caused damage to the ship’s hull, which led to the current cruise cancellation due to needed repairs. No injuries among passengers or crew were reported.

After the ship left port Honolulu Hawaii, a starboard-located tender platform opened. The hull sustained minor damages (opening above waterline) requiring drydock repairs. This resulted also in itinerary changes – call port Ensenada Mexico was dropped. The Captain confirmed that the vessel was safe and secure. Updates via the PA system were regularly provided. The ship went back to Honolulu, arriving in port on December 5 for repairs.

The accident happened during 16-day Hawaii and Mexico cruise (itinerary Nov 23 – Dec 8) roundtrip from San Francisco CA to Hilo, Honolulu, Nawiliwili, Lahaina, Ensenada (Mexico).

As compensation, all passengers received 50% refund (of the cruise fare paid), plus future Princess cruise onboard credit equal to the amount of the Hawaiian cruise fare refund. Princess Cruises also flew all passengers back to San Francisco and provided (at the company’s expense) overnight Hawaii hotel accommodations and all the nedded transfers. All Travel Agent commissions were protected.

After the repairs, Grand Princess went into a scheduled for December dry-dock at Pier 70 Shipyard (San Francisco).

  28 October 2016Propulsion / Power Loss

On October 28, 2016, while navigating off California’s coast and en-route from Ensenada Mexico to San Francisco, at ~6 pm the vessel temporarily lost propulsion. The incident was caused by an engine room water leak entering the propulsion motors’ electrical transformers. The current and next Mexican Riviera itineraries (roundtrip from homeport San Francisco) were not affected.

  30 November 2015Fire Accident

On November 30, 2015, while en-rote from homeport San Francisco to Hawaii, the ship (carrying 2592 pax and 1095 crew) suffered an engine room fire accident, approx 20 ml / 30 km away from Hilo Hawaii.

The fire broke out on Deck 4 at ~5:30 am, and was caused by failure of a propulsion circuit breaker (aft electrical switchboard). It was extinguished by 8 am. No injuries were reported. Due to the outage, the ship lost propulsion power. One of the engines was damaged and it continued at reduced cruising speed (operating on 3 diesel generators).

As result of the power outage, for ~20 min the vessel was drifting, on emergency lighting, with limited air-conditioning. The ship was on the 5th day of a 15-day San Francisco to Hawaii cruise (itinerary (Nov 25 – Dec 10) with scheduled call ports Hilo, Honolulu, Nawiliwili, Lahaina, Ensenada Mexico. The incident also caused itinerary changes - call port Hilo was dropped in order to proceed to Honolulu. Engineers were deployed in Honolulu to assess fire damages and assist repairs upon arrival at 7 am (Dec 1).

The ship remained at half propulsion power (navigating at reduced speed). After the damage assessment, further itinerary changes were implemented. Call ports Nawiliwili (on Kaui) and Lahaina (on Maui) were also dropped in order to return to San Francisco on Dec 10, as scheduled.

As compensation, all passengers received full refund, plus 50% future Princess cruise booking discount. The company provided free airfare to all passengers willing to disembark in Honolulu and fly back to San Francisco.

  18 October 2015Coast Guard Medevacs

On October 18, 2015, a 57-year-old female passenger (suffering a heart attack) was USCG-medevaced. The woman was airlifted and transported by an USCG Dolphin helicopter dispatched from San Francisco. The ship was located approx 80 ml / 130 km southwest of Monterey CA, operating on 7-days Baja Mexico and California cruise (itinerary Oct 17-24) from homeport San Francisco to Santa Barbara, Long Beach, San Diego, Ensenada.

  04 August 2014Propulsion / Power Loss

On August 4, 2014, at ~4:50 pm (after ~40 min into the voyage), engine issues (propulsion?) caused a small listing and forced the ship to return to homeport Seattle WA. There the vessel's docking was assisted by a tugboat. Officially was announced that during the incident, the ship had its propulsion and steering systems fully operational.

  07 January 2014Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On January 7, 2014, a 34-year-old male crew jumped overboard in a suicide attempt while the ship was en-route to Hawaii from San Francisco CA. The man (of Filipino origin) was reported missing approx halfway between San Francisco and Hilo Hawaii. The USCG was alerted at ~12:30 am, but the conducted search operation didn’t find the body.

  13 November 2013Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On November 13, 2013, a 54-year-old female passenger was reported missing and later pronounced fell overboard intentionally. The woman was last seen ~0:30 pm. USCG was called at ~1 pm. The ship was approx 750 ml / 1200 km northeast of Hilo Hawaii.

  12 January 2013Crew / Passenger Crimes

(sexual / law news) On January 24, 2013, two male crew (aged 26 and 27, both of Italian origin) were charged with sexual assault of a female crew (on Jan 12). Both men were bailed USD 5,000 each. Since the vessel’s flag-state is Bermuda, the lawsuit was filed in Hamilton (Magistrates Court). Trial was on April 27.

  28 March 2012Structural and Technical Issues

On March 28, 2012, USCG reported the ship experiencing a maneuverability problem.

  16 July 2011Drug Smuggling

(law news) On October 30, 2011, a 46-year-old crew was charged with drug smuggling into the UK. He was sentenced to 8 years in jail by the Southampton Crown Court.

The man (Anthony Spence, of Jamaican origin) worked on the ship as bar supervisor. He attempted to smuggle cocaine (1,3 kilos, 100% purity) with street-value worth of GBP 435,000 (~USD 700,000). He was detained by UK Customs on July 16, after leaving the docked ship in Southampton England. When the police examined his bag and rucksack, they found a total of 17 packages. The cocaine was given to him in call port Gibraltar (along the cruise itinerary). When officers searched his cabin, they found more than GBP 16,000 cash. The arrested crew admitted his drug trafficking attempt.

  07 May 2011Coast Guard Medevacs

On May 7, 2011, the ship made an unplanned stop in Bermuda due to a medical emergency evacuation (medevac). A 57-year-old male passenger was offloaded and transported to KEMH (King Edward VII Memorial Hospital). The ship was on a Transatlantic repositioning cruise en-route from Florida to Europe-UK (Port Everglades / Fort Lauderdale to Southampton England).

On the previous day (may 6), the fleetmate Crown Princess also did unscheduled stopping in Bermuda for a passenger medevac.

  29 November 2008Propulsion / Power Loss

On November 29, 2008, propulsion problems (bow thruster malfunction) and safety reasons (strong winds) forced the ship to alter its course and anchor outside English Harbour (Antigua) instead of docking at St John’s.

  22 November 2008Propulsion / Power Loss

On November 22, 2008, the arrival in Port Civitavecchia (Rome Italy) was delayed due to mechanical / propulsion issues. Passengers later reported the ship was lurching and shuddering. Then it experienced power loss two times (first for ~5 min, then for ~15 min) and drifted for ~30 min before some propulsion was restored. Docking in Port Civitavecchia was assisted by 2 tugboats. No injuries were reported.

Unofficially, crew stated the vessel lost a diesel generator and one of the stabilizers was damaged.

  31 March 2008Fire Accident

On March 31, 2008, local residents reported a fire accident when the vessel was maneuvering for docking in call port Ocho Rios Jamaica. Witnesses said at ~4:20 pm the ship came to a halt, with a large amount of thick smoke surrounding it. Princess Cruises later reported a breakdown of one engine and damages to another engine, but no fire – only billowing smoke from the engine room. The incident caused reduced cruising speed and late arrival in call port George Town (Grand Cayman).

  25 March 2007Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

(overboard) On March 25, 2007, two passengers (22-year-old male, 20-year-old female) accidently fell overboard but were rescued alive. Both fell in the water from their cabin’s balcony at ~1:30 am. Diring the incident, the ship was approx 150 ml / 240 km off Galveston's coast. The conducted by the ship search and rescue operation lasted ~4 hours. The woman returned home, while the man continued on the voyage.

The incident report mentioned that both were trained for water survival. The man was USAFA  cadet (US Air Force Academy, while the woman was lifeguard. There were some speculations about this incident being a stunt to demonstrate the industry’s capability to effectively save overboard passengers.

  04 November 2006Ship Grounding

On November 4, 2006, at ~7:30 pm, upon leaving call port Livorno Italy, the ship run aground at approx 0,5 ml / 1 km off harbor’s entrance, doing a very soft stop. During the next ~30 min, the crew tried various combinations of speeds and directions to move the vessel. At ~8 pm, it regained its way forward.

  01 April 2006Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

(overboard) On April 1, 2006, two crew intentionally jumped overboard while the ship was in homeport Galveston TX. The incident resulted in all the crew being grounded on the ship. Both jumpers were arrested and escorted by the police to Galveston International Airport.

  04 February 2006Ship Listing

On February 4, 2006, ~2 hours after leaving homeport Galveston TX, the vessel sharply turned while navigating at ~24 mph / 39 kph. This caused a ~19-degree listing to portside. Fact is, that 24-degree listing would have been a disaster.

The result was panic and serious interior damages, among those smashed glassware and dishes, damaged shopping arcade merchandise, various objects (incl TVs) falling down, swimming pools partially emptied. Of all, 27 passengers and 10 crew suffered minor injuries (like bruises and cuts). The incident report mentioned a total of 82 TVs being destroyed. Later, the cruise ship was assisted by USCG assets (approx 8 ml / 13 km offshore) in offloading a sick passenger and an injured crew.

When the ship docked in next call port Costa Maya Mexico, more then 300 passengers decided to cancel their voyage and flight back home.

A severe listing (24-degree) was experienced by the Crown Princess ship in July 2006.

  2006Propulsion / Power Loss

On February 1, 2006, were announced major itinerary changes due to “technical issues”. For the remainder of season 2006, all visits to call port George Town Grand Cayman (12-hours port stay) were cancelled and replaced with call port Playa Del Carmen Mexico (1 day stay /8 am to 6 pm). Also, port times in Cozumel Mexico and Belize City were extended.

  13 September 2005Propulsion / Power Loss

On September 13, 2005, while in the Eastern Mediterranean, unfinished ship repairs in Venice caused reduced cruising speeds and shortened port stays in several ports in Croatia and Greece.

  08 September 2005Propulsion / Power Loss

On September 8, 2005, during 7-day Eastern Mediterranean cruise from Venice Italy, the ship reported engine (propulsion?) problems while was en-route to Istanbul Turkey. On the current itinerary, the scheduled call ports in Turkey (Istanbul and Kusadasi-Ephesus) were replaced with Greece (Samos and Piraeus-Athens). Repairs were done in homeport Venice. As compensation, all passengers received US$400 in onboard credit.

  12 July 1999Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On July 12, 1999, a male passenger was reported missing and presumed fell overboard in the Mediterranean Sea. The body was never found.

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