Britannia accidents and incidents

Britannia cruise ship


Length (LOA)
330 m / 1083 ft

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CruiseMapper's Britannia cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 4406-passenger vessel owned by P&O Cruises. Our Britannia 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • ship collision - 2-16 (with SeaDream 1 in Bridgetown Barbados)
  • 2017 - North African refugees boat rescue
  23 October 2017Boat Rescue

On October 23, 2017, while in the Mediterranean, approx 50 km / 30 ml off Spain's coast (southwest of Almeria), the ship altered its course, taking a sharp u-turn to rescue 10 migrants struggled on an inflatable boat.

The incident occurred ~ 1 am. The boat was spotted by crew. The ship made an abrupt 180-degree turn and sailed back approx 2 ml / 3 km to pick up the refugees (from Northern Africa).

A Salvamento Marítimo (Spanish Coast Guard) helicopter was dispatched to hoist the people out of the water. On the cruise ship, they were given food, drinks, cabins and medical care. A coastguard vessel was sent to take the migrants ashore and hand over them to the Spanish authorities.

The ship was on 14-day Mediterranean cruise (itinerary October 13-27) roundtrip from homeport Southampton UK to France, Spain and Italy, visiting call ports Cartagena, Barcelona, Marseille, La Speza, Ajaccio Corsica, Gibraltar.

  18 November 2016Ship Collision / Allision

On November 18, 2016, in the morning, the P&O liner was struck by the mega-yacht SeaDream 1. The collision accident happened in Port Bridgetown Barbados, where MV Britannia was docked and about to disembark its passengers. SeaDream 1 hit the liner while maneuvering for berthing. A tugboat was sent to assist the yacht and edge it away.

No injuries were reported, and both cruise vessels' itineraries were not affected.

The Britannia ship sustained only minor hull damage (scuff marks, next to the anchor).

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