Blue Dream Star accidents and incidents

Blue Dream Star cruise ship

Former names
Glory Sea (Diamond Cruise China), Celestyal Odyssey, MV Explorer, Olympia Explorer (Royal Olympic Cruises)

Length (LOA)
180 m / 591 ft

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CruiseMapper's Blue Dream Star cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 1053-passenger vessel owned by Blue Dream Cruises China (Small Cruise Lines). Our Blue Dream Star 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, virus outbreaks, etc.

  • propulsion/power loss - 2005
  • ship seizure - 2019 (in Shanghai China)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) - 2004 (51 / 1)

Previously, the vessel was operated under the names Olympia Explorer (2001-2004 by Royal Olympic Cruises), MV Explorer (2004-2015 by Semester at Sea), Celestyal Odyssey (2015-2016 by Celestyal Cruises) and Glory Sea (since 2016 by Diamond Cruises).

16 March 2019Other Incidents

(Glory Sea) On March 16, 2019, the vessel was detained/arrested in Port Shanghai (China). The seizure followed the submitted by 58 crew members complaint about unpaid wages. The shipowner was Diamond Cruise International Co Ltd - subsidiary of Suzhou Taihu International Travel Ltd (China).

27 January 2005Propulsion / Power Loss

(MV Explorer) On January 27, 2005, the operated by Semester at Sea ship suffered complete power loss, after the engine room was flooded and 3 of all 4 main diesels stopped. The accident was caused by a freak wave (50 ft / 15 m high rogue wave) that also broke Navigation Bridge's windows, flooded the control room and damaged some of the equipment. Two crew were injured.

The vessel was approx 650 ml / 1050 km south of Adak Island (Aleutian Islands, Alaska) and approx 1300 ml / 2100 km southwest of Anchorage AK. Luckily, ship's technicians managed to start a second diesel engine and at reduced speed, the ship reached Honolulu Hawaii where the necessary repairs were made.

December 2004Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

(MV Explorer) On December 7, 2004, the operated by Semester at Sea ship reported a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) with infected 71 passengers (out of 758, or 9,4%) and 1 crew (out of 195, or 0,5%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (stomach cramps, predominantly vomiting and diarrhoea) and were quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours.

The ship was on Caribbean cruise roundtrip from homeport Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades Florida) ending on December 8.

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