Britannia accidents and incidents

Britannia cruise ship


Length (LOA)
329 m / 1079 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 UK (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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, virus outbreaks, etc.

  • ship collision - 2016 (with SeaDream 1 in Bridgetown Barbados)
  • injuries/crimes - 2019 (robbery in St Johns, Antigua), 2019 (mass brawl)
  • boat rescue - 2017 (North African refugees)
  27 June 2021Other Incidents

On June 27, 2021, Britannia became P&O UK's first liner to restart operations following the 15+ months hiatus due to the Coronavirus crisis. The ship left at 6 pm (London time/ 1 pm EST) roundtrip from homeport Southampton on a 4-night "Short Break" (cruise to nowhere).

The special occasion was celebrated with horn-blowing by the anchored in Tor Bay fleetmates Arcadia, Aurora, Ventura, as well as by the Cunard's boats Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria.

  26 July 2019Crew / Passenger Crimes

In the early hours on July 26, 2019, while the liner was en-route from Norway (Bergen) back to UK (Southampton), an emergency announcement via ship's PA system called the security staff to attend The Epicurean (restaurant on deck 16 forward-portside) where family groups were involved in a mass brawl.

The bloody violence resulted in 9 injured passengers. Families were forced to flee to their staterooms or hide under the tables as the drunken passengers used plates and furniture as weapons. The brawl was sparked by a male passenger taking offense at another man dressed as a clown. Ship's security team intervened and arrested all involved in the fight, and confined them for the last day of the cruise. Ship's medical teams were dispatched to help the injured.

The violence occurred during a black-tie (formal) dinner and following an afternoon deck party during which large amounts of alcohol were consumed. The "clown" upset one of the passengers because they had specifically booked a "cruise with no fancy dresses".

After docking in Southampton (July 27) the arrested were handled to the Hampshire Police. The incident occurred at the end of 7-day Norwegian Fjords cruise (itinerary July 20-27) roundtrip from homeport Southampton England to Stavanger, Flam, Skjolden, Olden, and Bergen.

  28 January 2019Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

On January 28, 2019, while the liner was docked in call Port St Johns (Antigua), a male passenger was beaten and robbed ashore. The man (Michael Maycock, British citizen) was sightseeing around St John the Divine (cathedral) when was attacked by a man armed with a piece of wood. The robber first hit him several times, then pushed him to the ground and took his wallet (containing debit cards and cash / USD 100).

The incident occurred during 14-day Caribbean cruise (itinerary Jan 19 - Feb 2) roundtrip from homeport Bridgetown (Barbados) and visiting Curacao (Willemstad), Bonaire (Kralendijk), Kingstown (St Vincent, Grenadines), Martinique (Fort-de-France), St Lucia (Castries), Antigua (St Johns), St Maarten (Philipsburg) and Dominica (Roseau).

  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 the 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 Spezia, 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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