Arcadia accidents and incidents

Arcadia cruise ship


Length (LOA)
286 m / 938 ft

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CruiseMapper's Arcadia cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 1904-passenger vessel owned by P&O Cruises. Our Arcadia 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • propulsion/power loss – 2008, 2009
  • deaths – 2010 (crew suicide)
  • injuries/crimes – drug busts (2008, 2017)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) - 2008 (80 / 11)
  05 January 2018Structural and Technical Issues

On January 5, 2018, while docked in Ponta Delgaado (Azores, Portugal), one of the ship's lifeboats broke from its cabling and fell from its davits (cranelike devices) into the sea. The boat's back was ripped off and hanging from its cradle. The 5 crew members in the boat sustained injuries and were hospitalized. The accident occurred during a 24-day Transatlantic cruise (itinerary Dec 16 - Jan 9) roundtrip from Southampton UK to Caribbean (Antigua, Guadeloupe, Grenadines, St Lucia, Barbados).

  31 October 2017Drug Smuggling

On October 31, 2017, a 55-year-old male passenger was arrested by Border Force officers and charged with drug trafficking upon disembarkation in homeport Southampton (England UK). The British man (Kevin Enright, from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England) was caught with approx 3 kg of cocaine (street value around GBP 200,000). The drugs were hidden in his luggage (two suitcases).

The incident occurred during the liner's Transatlantic cruise to Caribbean roundtrip from UK. The drugs were picked up in call port Castries (St Lucia  Island). Investigation also shown that the crime involved liaison with Caribbean police officers.

(law news) On April 7, 2018, a Southampton Crown Court sentenced the man to 9,5 years in prison. The man had a previous 4-years sentence for drug dealing in 2005.

  21 September 2010Crew / Passenger Deaths

(suicide) On September 21, 2010, a 22-year-old male crew was reported dead by suicide. The man (Sumith Gawas, from India) was working on the ship as junior waiter. He was found hanged in his cabin, after being caught (on July 16) stealing gratuities from the buffet restaurant.

The incident occurred while the liner was berthed in homeport Southampton, England.

  03 January 2009Structural and Technical Issues

On January 3, 2009, due to mechanical problems (emergency back-up generator), the liner had an extended port stay in Barcelona. The accident resulted in itinerary change - next call port Vigo Spain was cancelled, and the ship continued directly back to Southampton (arriving on January 5)). To fix the problem, spare parts from Italy were flown to Southampton.

As compensation, all passengers received GBP 100 pp in cash. The ship was on Mediterranean roundtrip cruise from homeport Southampton England.

  19 October 2008Drug Smuggling

On October 19, 2008, when the ship docked in homeport Southampton (England UK), a drug raid was conducted, resulting in 7 passengers arrested and charged with drug smuggling. In 4 of the arrested passengers were found a total of 20 kg of cocaine (street value ~GBP 1,75 million), with packages strapped to the bodies.

The arrested passengers were all of British origin (from Birmingham and Manchester). The incident occurred during  23-day Transatlantic cruise from UK to Caribbean, roundtrip from Southampton. The drugs were collected in call port Castries (St Lucia Island).

(law news) On December 15, the other 3 arrested were released on bail. Eventually, the 4 passengers were sentenced to 12 years in jail (each).

  08 August 2008Propulsion / Power Loss

On August 8, 2008, propulsion problems (stern thruster failure) affected the next scheduled 5 cruise itineraries. Booked passengers were notified about the itinerary changes. Repairs were made in November (2008), during the vessel's scheduled drydock refurbishment.

  07 July 2008Propulsion / Power Loss

On July 7, 2008, the ship experienced engine problems resulting in reduced speed. The itinerary's pre-scheduled port times were altered, but the ports of call were not changed / cancelled.

  January 2008Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

On January 24, 2008, when the ship docked in homeport NOLA New Orleans, was reported a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) with infected 80 passengers (or 4,1% of all) and 11 crew (or 1,2% of all). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (stomach cramps, predominantly vomiting and diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.

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