Carnival Elation accidents and incidents
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, 2019, 2020
- sea pollution - 2020 (Port Canaveral Florida)
- 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
|16 January 2020||Propulsion / Power Loss|
On January 12, 2020, the ship suffered propulsion issues resulting in reduced cruising speed and itinerary changes. Both planned call ports - Amber Cove (Dominican Republic) and Cockburn Town (Grand Turk Island) were cancelled and replaced with sea days (4 in a row). Unscheduled, Nassau (Bahamas) was included as call port and visited on January 15.
The accident occurred during the 5-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Jan 11-16) roundtrip from homeport Port Canaveral Florida, with scheduled / cancelled visits to Amber Cove (Jan 13, port stay 10:30 am - 6:30 pm) and Grand Turk (Jan 14, port stay 8 am - 4 pm).
|02 January 2020||Sea Pollution|
On January 2, 2019, while berthed in homeport Port Canaveral (Florida USA), the liner accidentally discharged approx 22 MT / metric tons (6000+ US gallons) of greywater (wastewater). The dumping was unintentional, and according to company's official statement happened at ~ 8:50 am, while the vessel was offloading ballast water from its ballast tanks (located on deck 1 forward-midship). For a short period, a greywater valve inadvertently opened and was discharged treated wastewater. The issue was addressed and resolved quickly by the crew, and all appropriate authorities (including the USCG) were notified. According to Canaveral Port Authority, it was only treated greywater (from bathroom sinks-showers and laundry rooms) and no sewage (containing anything biological) thus no eco threat.
The incident occurred at the beginning of 4-day Bahamas cruise (itinerary Jan 2-6) roundtrip from Port Canaveral to Nassau and Freeport.
|23 September 2019||Propulsion / Power Loss|
On September 23, 2019, while en-route from Florida to Florida to the Dominican Republic, the liner experienced technical issues (affecting its max cruising speed) that resulted in itinerary changes. Instead of the scheduled visit to Amber Cove, the ship arrived and docked overnight in Nassau Bahamas (Sept 23-25 / 8 am - 8 am). The scheduled call at Grand Turk Island was also canceled.
As compensation, all passengers received US$100 in onboard credit plus 50% future Carnival cruise credit.
The accident occurred at the beginning of 5-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Sept 21-26) roundtrip from homeport Port Canaveral (Orlando) to Amber Cove (planned stay Sept 23 / 10:30 am - 6:30 pm), and Grand Turk (planned stay Sept 24 / 8 am - 4 pm).
|02 September 2019||Other Incidents|
Due to Hurricane Dorian, the 5-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary September 2-7) was canceled. The roundtrip voyage from homeport Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida) was planned to visit Dominican Republic (Amber Cove, Sept 4, 10:30 am - 6:30 pm) and Grand Turk Island (Sept 5, 8 am - 4 pm).
Note: Hurricane Dorian was a Category 4 tropical cyclone that mostly affected the territories of USA, Canada, Bahamas (Abaco Islands, Grand Bahama), Puerto Rico, Windward Islands (Barbados, Dominica, St Lucia), Leeward Islands (US Virgin Islands, BVI). Hurricane's reported max wind speeds were 295 kph ((183 mph). Formed in the Central Atlantic Ocean on August 24, the powerful cyclone was first moving west (towards the Caribbean), then turned north along the US East Coast and Atlantic Canada, affecting the coastal regions of USA (Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia) and Canada (Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Quebec).
|27 February 2018||Crew / 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 hot tub (on Lido Deck 10) together with several kids when the man approached and entered in the Jacuzzi. Allegedly, he started a 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 2018||Crew / 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 2018||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
(murder) On January 19, 2018, a 50-year-old woman (Tamara Tucker, from Lawson, Missouri USA) died after falling from her stateroom's balcony on Deck 14 (Grand) down to Deck 11 (Verandah). Following the incident, the 53-year-old boyfriend (Eric Duane Newman, from Topeka, Kansas USA) was handcuffed and jailed on the ship. Bahamian police officers boarded the liner when it berthed at Freeport (Bahamas).
According to the conducted by the FBI investigation, at ~12:15 am (January 19), following a verbal argument in their stateroom the man physically attacked the woman. While strangling her (with both hands around the neck) he pushed her over the balcony's railing.
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. On December 19, 2019, Eric Newman pleaded guilty to one count second-degree murder (intentional murder with malice aforethought, but not planned in advance), with sentencing scheduled for March 18, 2020.
|30 April 2017||Coast 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 an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter team to the ship, hoisted and transported the woman to a Port Canaveral hospital.
|25 March 2017||Coast 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 2017||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
(overboard) On February 13, 2017, a 24-year-old male passenger was reported fell overboard. The accident occurred while the ship was en-route from homeport Jacksonville Florida to Nassau Bahamas, approx 15 ml (25 km) southwest of Great Abaco Island (the 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. A 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 2017||Drug 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 a prescription), then ground them up for sneaking the drug into the USA.
|30 May 2016||Propulsion / 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 2014||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
On February 20, 2014, a male passenger died from acute respiratory failure (death from natural causes).
|09 March 2013||Propulsion / Power Loss|
On March 9, 2013, while on a 7-day Mexico cruise from homeport NOLA New Orleans, the ship experienced a 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 2011||Crew / Passenger Crimes|
(sexual) On April 7, 2011, a 19-year-old male passenger was arrested for abusing a minor.
|24 April 2010||Crew / 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 2009||Structural 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 2009||Crew / 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 a domestic dispute between the woman and her husband.
|06 November 2006||Crew / 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 2005||Propulsion / Power Loss|
On June 25, 2005, while in Gulf of Mexico waters, the ship experienced power loss for ~1 hour.
|24 June 2005||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
(overboard) On June 24, 2005, a 40-year-old passenger went overboard. The woman was traveling 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 to suicide.
|26 January 2003||Crew / 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 2002||Other Incidents|
On October 27, 2002, a 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise from San Diego was canceled due to propulsion problems causing reduced cruising speed. The ship entered drydock for repairs in San Francisco CA.
|August 2000||Other Incidents|
On August 25, 2000, two itineraries were canceled (Oct 29, Nov 5) for preventative ship maintenance on both Azipod propulsion units.
|31 July 2000||Crew / 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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