Carnival Elation accidents and incidents

Carnival Elation cruise ship
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1064

Length (LOA)
260 m / 853 ft

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CruiseMapper's Carnival Elation cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2554-passenger vessel owned by Carnival Cruise Line. Our Carnival Elation accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • propulsion/power loss – 2000, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2013, 2016
  • deaths – overboard (2000, 2003, 2005, 2017, 2018), 2009 (murder), 2010, 2014, 2018 (shipboard murder)
  • injuries/crimes – 2006, 2012, 2013, 2017 (drug bust), sexual (2011, 2018), murder (2018)
  • medevacs – 2017
DateAccident
  27 February 2018Crew / Passenger Crimes

(sexual) On February 27, 2018, an 18-year-old female passenger was reportedly sexually assaulted onboard by a 23-year-old male passenger. The incident was reported by her mother and was publicized by Action News Jax.

According to the woman, she, her daughter (passenger with special needs / mental capacity of a 13-yo) and her mother embarked the cruise from JAXPORT on Feb 24. According to Carnival Cruise Line's official statement, ship's staff was notified of "an alleged act of misconduct".

The girl was in an outdoor hottub (on Lido Deck 10) together with several kids, when the man approached and entered in the Jacuzzi. Allegedly, he started conversation with the girl, then sexually attacked her, leaving marks on her body. He was later detained. FBI and USCG started an investigation. Two witnesses of the crime confirmed that he repeatedly tried to put his arm around her. As she moved away from him, he became aggressive and forcefully touched her under her bathing suit. The girl told about the incident to her family, and the mother reported it to ship's security. Infirmary's personnel examined the girl and found abrasions consistent with the report.

The incident occurred during 5-day Bahamas cruise (itinerary Feb 24 - March 1) roundtrip from homeport Jacksonville Florida to Nassau and Freeport.

(law news) On October 22, 2018, the man (Brian James Holland, from Jacksonville FL) was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty (in July 2018) to "aggravated sexual abuse by force".

  19 January 2018Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On January 19, 2018, the shipowner reported an accident involving a female passenger falling overboard from her cabin's balcony (forward on Grand Deck 14) down to Verandah Deck 11. Ship’s med team responded immediately, but, unfortunately, she died from the sustained injuries.

After docking in Freeport, local police boarded the vessel and handcuffed the husband (Eric Newman, age 53, from Topeka KS). The ship was on 4-day Bahamas cruise (itinerary Jan 18-22) roundtrip from homeport Jacksonville Florida to Freeport and Nassau.

(law news) On September 5, 2018, the man was charged with murdering his wife during the January 18-22 voyage. The 50-year-old woman (Tamara Tucker, from Lawson MI) was celebrating her birthday. Details regarding the shipboard murder were not revealed.

 

  19 January 2018Crew / Passenger Deaths

(murder) On January 19, a 50-year-old woman (Tamara Tucker, from Lawson, Missouri USA) died after falling from her stateroom's balcony on Deck 14 (Grand) to Deck 11 (Verandah). Fallowing the incident, the 53-year-old husband (Eric Newman, from Topeka, Kansas USA) was handcuffed and brigged / jailed on the ship. Bahamian police officers boarded the liner when it berthed at Freeport (Bahamas).

The accident occurred during 4-day Bahamas cruise (itinerary Jan 18-22) roundtrip from homeport Jacksonville Florida to Freeport and Nassau. The last onboard murder case was on Emerald Princess (July 25, 2017).

(law news) On September 5, 2018, the man was charged with murder and detained. On September 18, he was released on USD 50,000 bond and put under house arrest pending trial.

  30 April 2017Coast Guard Medevacs

On April 30, 2017, a 39-year-old female passenger was medevaced while the ship was approx 40 ml (65 km) east of Port Canaveral Florida. USCG Clearwater Station dispatched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter team to the ship, hoisted and transported the woman to a Port Canaveral hospital.

  25 March 2017Coast Guard Medevacs

On March 25, 2017, a 52-year-old male passenger was medevacked while the ship was approx 18 ml (30 km) from homeport Jacksonville FL. The man (suffering from stroke symptoms) was airlifted and transported to Jacksonville’s Baptist Medical Center via USCG MH-65 Dolphin helicopter dispatched from Air Station Savannah GA.

  13 February 2017Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On February 13, 2017, a 24-year-old male passenger was reported fell overboard. The accident occurred while the ship was em-route from homeport Jacksonville Florida to Nassau Bahamas, approx 15 ml (25 km) southwest of Great Abaco Island (Bahamas, near Great Harbour Cay).

CCTV records showed the man (Kevin Wellons, from Warner Robins, Georgia USA) going overboard from Verandah Deck 11, at ~2:45 am. An USCG team was dispatched from Air Station Miami to conduct search and rescue operation.

The man was reported missing by his wife at ~11 am, or ~3 hours after the cruise ship berthed in Nassau. The body was never found. The ship was on a 5-night Bahamas cruise (itinerary Feb 11-16) from Jacksonville to Nassau and Half Moon Cay Island.

  06 February 2017Drug Smuggling

On February 6, 2017, a 26-year-old male passenger was arrested and charged with drug trafficking. The man (Marty Hall, from Chattanooga TN USA) was arrested at JAXPORT (Jacksonville) cruise terminal when a sniffer dog alerted the patrolling police officers. He told police that while in call port Nassau Bahamas (Feb 4), he purchased a total of 33 codeine pills (medication requiring prescription), then grinded them up for sneaking the drug into the USA.

  30 May 2016Propulsion / Power Loss

On May 30, 2016, in the end of a 4-day Bahamas cruise (itinerary May 26-30) from Jacksonville FL to Freeport and Nassau), the ship suffered power (and propulsion) loss approx 60 ml / 100 km off Florida’s coast. The power outage lasted for ~1 hour, during which time the ship drifted. Several tugboats accompanied the vessel as it returned to JAXPORT (~1,5 hours behind schedule).

  20 February 2014Crew / Passenger Deaths

On February 20, 2014, a male passenger died from acute respiratory failure (death from natural causes).

  09 March 2013Propulsion / Power Loss

On March 9, 2013, while on a 7-day Mexico cruise from homeport NOLA New Orleans, the ship experienced steering problem with one of its 2 Azipods (propulsion units). Tugboat escort was requested as the ship maneuvered away from the dock and into the Mississippi river.

  07 April 2011Crew / Passenger Crimes

(sexual) On April 7, 2011, a 19-year-old male passenger was arrested for abusing a minor.

  24 April 2010Crew / Passenger Deaths

On April 24, 2010, a male passenger died from natural causes on a 3-day cruise San Diego to Ensenada Mexico. The conducted by FBI onboard investigation delayed passenger disembarkation in homeport San Diego ~3 hours.

  20 October 2009Structural and Technical Issues

October 20, 2009, while transiting San Diego Bay, the vessel had a propulsion issue with one of its Azipod units (failure of the unit’s electronic control system).

  16 July 2009Crew / Passenger Deaths

(murder) On July 16, 2009, FBI agents boarded the ship to investigate the murder of a 55-year-old female passenger. The vessel was on the second leg of 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise from San Diego CA. The incident was a result of domestic dispute between the woman and her husband.

  06 November 2006Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

On November 6, 2006, 4 passengers suffered minor injuries due to an incident during disembarkation in homeport Port Canaveral Florida. A welded part of the gangway (telescopic bridge for passengers) gave way and fell ~1 ft / 30 cm, being stopped by its safety ropes. The jolt threw 4 of the passengers onto the gangway.

  25 June 2005Propulsion / Power Loss

On June 25, 2005, while in Gulf of Mexico waters, the ship experienced power loss for ~1 hour.

  24 June 2005Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On June 24, 2005,  a 40-year-old passenger went overboard. The woman was travelling with her family. She was reported missing at ~11 am, when the ship was off the coast of Yucatan Mexico. A full search and rescue operation was conducted, but the body was never found. The incident report applied suicide.

  26 January 2003Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On January 26, 2003, a 35-year-old female passenger jumped overboard. The woman was reported missing by her husband the next morning.

  27 October 2002Other Incidents

On October 27, 2002, a 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise from San Diego was cancelled due to propulsion problems causing reduced cruising speed. The ship entered drydock for repairs in San Francisco CA.

  August 2000Other Incidents

On August 25, 2000, two itineraries were cancelled (Oct 29, Nov 5) for preventative ship maintenance on both Azipod propulsion units.

  31 July 2000Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On July 31, 2000, a 42-year-old male passenger jumped overboard off the coast of Yucatan Mexico.

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