Carnival Glory accidents and incidents

Carnival Glory cruise ship


Length (LOA)
290 m / 951 ft

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CruiseMapper's Carnival Glory cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 3581-passenger vessel owned by Carnival Cruise Line. Our Carnival Glory accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • pier collision/allision - 2011 (PortMiami)
  • ship collision - 2019 (with Carnival Legend in Cozumel Mexico)
  • lifeboats (2012)
  • deaths - overboard (2008-2018-crew, 2015), 2008 (cave tubing in Belize), 2011, 2012, 2005 (crew), 2016 (snuba diving in St Kitts), 2017 (Grand Cayman snorkeling; kid)
  • injuries/crimes - overboard/rescued (2007), 2009 (robbery in Nassau), 2010 (Canada)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) - 2010 (113 / 13), 2012 (205 / 3)
  • medevacs - 2012, 2018 (2), 2019
  • FEMA charter - 2021 (Hurricane Ida)

13 November 2023Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On November 13, 2023, a 28-year-old male passenger was reported missing and presumed overboard.

The man (Tyler Lee Barnett, a resident of Houma, Louisiana) was reported missing by another passenger, while the ship was navigating in the Gulf of Mexico, en route from the USA to Jamaica.

Carnival Cruise Lines officially confirmed the overboard after the ship's security personnel reviewed the CCTV footage. The surveillance video showed the man climbing onto a lifeboat and jumping from Atlantic Deck (floor 4) at ~1:40 AM Louisiana time (~7:40 UTC) on November 13th.

The man was last seen on November 12th, at ~11:40 PM Louisiana (~5:40 UTC). The onboard search started at ~7 AM (~13 UTC) on November 13th. The ship contacted the USCG Station New Orleans ~12:40 PM (~18:40 UTC) and an aircraft was dispatched for the search and rescue operation.

The USCG plane searched a 200-m2/520-km2 marine area in the Mexican Gulf (near Southwest Pass/Mississippi River Delta) between ~1 PM and 7:45 PM but the body was not found.

The incident occurred at the beginning of the 7-day "Western Caribbean Cruise" (itinerary November 12-19, roundtrip from Port NOLA/New Orleans Louisiana) visiting Jamaica (Montego Bay/Nov 15), Grand Cayman Island (George Town/Nov 16) and Mexico (Cozumel/Nov 17).

February 2023Structural and Technical Issues

In February 2023, due to drydocking in 2024, Carnival Cruise Lines canceled Carnival Glory's sailings between March 24th and April 28th (2024) including. The ship was also scheduled to change homeport (New Orleans, Louisiana) and restart operations on May 6th from the new homeport (Port Canaveral).

All booked customers were emailed and informed about the cancellations. Travel agents' commissions were protected.

As compensation, all bookings received full refunds (of the fares paid and of pre-purchased items/gratuities, beverage packages, specialty restaurants, shore excursions) automatically transferred back to the original form of payment.

CCL allowed the affected customers to rebook protecting the original cruise rates. The rebooking had to be on a comparable itinerary (of the same length or shorter than the canceled one) fleetwide (on any CCL ship) and on a similar stateroom. All rebookings also received a US$50 per person in OBC/onboard credit.

07 September 2021Other Incidents

On September 7, 2021, CCL-Carnival announced a charter agreement with New Orleans City and FEMA (USA's Federal Emergency Management Agency) for Carnival Glory to provide critical housing for ~2600 people (first responders and essential personnel/medical-emergency-utility workers involved in the city's infrastructure recovery) in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

After the USCG inspection, the vessel started provisioning (food, bottled water, materials) and boarding the relief workers. Carnival Glory remained permanently docked in Port NOLA (serving as a hotel ship) through September 18th.

2021's Hurricane Ida (August 26 - September 4th, highest wind speed 150 mph/240 kph, damage cost USD 50+ billion, USA total deaths 77) was ranked Louisiana State's second-most damaging - after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 (August 23-31st, highest wind speed 175 mph/280 kph, damage cost USD 125+ billion, USA total deaths 1836).

Two pre-scheduled voyages (7-day roundtrips from New Orleans) were canceled.

  • Sept 5 (Eastern Caribbean-Bahamas) to Grand Bimini Island, Freeport, Nassau)
  • Sept 12 (Western Caribbean) to Roatan Island, Belize City, Cozumel

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the ship was paused through September 19, 2021 (first commercial voyage/departure).

20 December 2019Ship Collision / Allision

On December 20, 2019, at ~9 am, while maneuvering for docking in call port Cozumel (Mexico), Carnival Glory collided with the fleetmate Carnival Legend. The collision resulted in minor hull damages (Glory's stern and Legend's bow) above waterline. The main damages were to the aft-starboard section of Glory's Platinum Dining Room Restaurant (aft-located on decks 3-4). The Glory ship also navigated dangerously close to the already berthed Royal Caribbean liner Oasis of the Seas.

Carnival commented that the company is assessing the damages and that the seaworthiness of both vessels was not impacted. Later was announced that the collision was caused by sudden wind gusts and strong water currents. For the inconvenience, all passengers received USD 100 per cabin in OBC (onboard credit).

The accident occurred during the 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary December 15-22) roundtrip from homeport NOLA (New Orleans) to Jamaica (Montego Bay), Grand Cayman Island (George Town) and Mexico (Cozumel port stay 10 am - 6 pm).

The ship arrived back in Port NOLA at ~8:30 am (Dec 21) instead of the originally scheduled 6 am. Due to needed repairs, the next departure from New Orleans was ~4 hours later than scheduled. Also during the next voyage, some passengers booked with assigned dining (at the Platinum Restaurant) were moved to Your Time Dining (open seating, any time between 5:30-9 PM).

13 April 2019Coast Guard Medevacs

On April 13, 2019, an 81-year-old female passenger was medevaced from the liner while it was transiting on Mississippi River towards Caribbean Sea. An USCG helicopter arrived at ~8 pm, airlifted and transported the elderly woman to a hospital in Marrero (Louisiana) in stable condition.

The incident occurred at the beginning of 5-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary April 13-18) roundtrip from homeport NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) to Mexico (Cozumel and Progreso).

31 August 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On August 31, 2018, a 36-year-old pregnant woman was medevaced from the ship by a USCG helicopter crew. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter was dispatched to a rendezvous area approx 110 ml (180 km) southwest of Key West Florida. The woman (who after she went into labor while on the ship) and a crew nurse were airlifted and transported to Lower Keys Medical Center (Key West FL).

The incident occurred at the end of 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary Aug 25 - Sept 1) roundtrip from homeport Miami to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize City and Cozumel (Mexico).

12 May 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On May 12, 2018, a female passenger was medevaced by USCG team of Miami-Dade Fireboat 73. The vessel met the ship at ~8 pm, approx 3 ml / 5 km northeast of Miami Sea Buoy. The cruise ship had to alter its course to allow the rescue crew to offload the passenger at sea. The patient (elderly woman) was transported back to PortMiami from where was transported by an ambulance to the hospital.

The incident occurred soon after the ship started a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary May 12-19) roundtrip from Miami to Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St Thomas and Amber Cove (Dominican Republic).

18 March 2018Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On March 18, 2018, a male crew was reported missing and presumably overboard. The man (Deepak Gad, galley worker from India) was discovered missing while the ship was at sea, en-route to Amber Cover (Dominican Republic). The body was not found.

The accident occurred during 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary March 17-24) roundtrip from homeport Miami Florida to Amber Cove, St Thomas Island, San Juan Puerto Rico, and Grand Turk Island.

07 March 2018Structural and Technical Issues

On March 7, 2018, soon after leaving call port of San Juan (Puerto Rico), the liner dropped anchor and subsequently lost a portion (several hundred feet) of its starboard anchor chain and the anchor itself. Reportedly, the chain got stuck after leaving port, so it was cut in order to allow departure.

The incident occurred during 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary March 3-10) roundtrip from homeport Miami Florida to Half Moon Cay (Bahamas), St Thomas Island, Puerto Rico, and Grand Turk Island.

14 October 2017Crew / Passenger Deaths

On October 14, 2017, an 8-year-old female passenger died at ~ 8:15 am after falling 2 decks down to the ship’s Atrium lobby floor (deck 3). The girl went over deck 5’s railings during the debarkation in Miami, while her family was using the elevator. The accident occurred at the very end of a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary Oct 7-14) to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize City, and Cozumel.

14 August 2017Crew / Passenger Deaths

On August 14, 2017, a 70-year-old female passenger died ashore, while snorkeling in Grand Cayman. According to local police, the accident occurred at ~11 am at Coral Gardens (North Sound). The elderly woman (of US origin) was pulled out from the water into the tour boat, where CPR was performed and oxygen was given to her. Then she was brought to the shore (at Yacht Club dock, West Bay) and treated by paramedics. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

The ship was on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary Aug 12-19) from Miami, also visiting Roatan Island, Belize City and Cozumel (Mexico).

01 February 2016Crew / Passenger Deaths

On February 1, 2016, a male passenger died on a sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines snuba diving excursion in St Kitts. Unofficially was reported that the called ambulance arrived at the beach ~20 min late, and was not equipped with a defibrillator. The ship was on 10-day repositioning cruise (itinerary Jan 23 - Feb 2) from Miami to San Juan Puerto Rico (one-way).

19 August 2015Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On August 19, 2015, a 65-year-old female passenger fell overboard in Honduran waters, approx 5 ml / 8 km off Isla Roatan. The body was found on the same day by a Honduran Navy vessel. The ship was on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise from Miami and en-route from Roatan to Grand Cayman.

08 March 2015Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On March 8, 2015, during the night, a 21-year-old male passenger jumped overboard from his cabin’s balcony into the water. The accident was caught on CCTV camera and occurred when the ship was in Bahamian waters, approx 6 ml / 10 km south of Abaco Island. USCG search and rescue operations lasted 3 days, covering an area of over 4700 ml2 (~12200 km2). The body was never found.

14 November 2012Structural and Technical Issues

On November 14, 2012, one of the ship’s lifeboats (number 2) experienced engine malfunction and was temporarily noted: "out of service". On December 4, the repaired boat was tested successfully.

05 August 2012Crew / Passenger Deaths

On August 5, 2012, a female passenger died ashore while the ship was in Rhode Island waters. After suffering a medical emergency, the woman was medevaced via USCG helicopter and transported to a local hospital where her condition worsened.

August 2012Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

August 2012, CDC reported on voyage Aug 6 to 11, a Norovirus outbreak affected a total of 205 passengers (out of 3652, or 5,6%) and 3 crew (out of 1144, or 0,3%). The ship operated on a Canada New England cruise from homeport Boston MA.

03 June 2012Structural and Technical Issues

On June 3, 2012, while docked in homeport Boston MA, the ship’s gangway (telescopic bridge for passengers) punctured a hole in one of the lifeboats (number 17). The boat was taken out of service.

15 May 2011Ship Collision / Allision

(pier collision) May 15, 2011, the ship was being moored in Port of Miami (at Pier D), with 9 of all 20 mooring lines already pier-connected. Suddenly, the ship was hit by a squall (sharp increase in wind speed) exceeding 50 mph (80 kph). All bow thrusters (forward propulsion units) were used for maneuvering back into the pier. Due to misalignment between vessel and pier, its gangway (telescopic bridge for passengers) contacted and seriously damaged one of the lifeboats (number 10).

The boat was taken out of service, which was the reason for PortMiami authorities to reduce the ship’s passenger capacity to 4420 from 4760. The gangway sustained only minor damages. The repaired lifeboat was re-loaded on the ship after the voyage was finished and the vessel returned to homeport Miami.

Note: This type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).

19 February 2011Crew / Passenger Deaths

On February 19, 2011, while the ship was en route to Miami, a 76-year-old male passenger was found dead in his cabin (death from natural causes).

October 2010Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

October 2010, CDC reported on voyage Oct 9 to 16, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 113 passengers (out of 3003, or 3,8%) and 13 crew (out of 1169, or 1,7%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on a 7-day Caribbean cruise from homeport Norfolk VA.

01 September 2010Crew / Passenger Crimes

(sexual) On September 1, 2010, a 26-year-old male crew was arrested in Halifax NS for smuggling child pornography into Canada. He was working on the ship as assistant cabin steward and had the photos on his laptop computer.

14 October 2009Crew / Passenger Crimes

On October 14, 2009, 11 passengers on a Nassau city tour by taxi were robbed at gunpoint by 2 masked men. The incident happened at ~11 am at the Queen’s Staircase (aka “66 steps”).

24 September 2008Crew / Passenger Deaths

On September 24, 2008, a 52-year-old female passenger died from drowning in Belize. The incident occurred during a sponsored by Carnival cave tubing excursion on Caves Branch River. The excursion was attended by over 300 other passengers. According to her husband, toward the tour’s end, strong currents pushed them toward the cave walls and sucked them beneath the water. All future tour sales were suspended and an investigation was launched.

01 February 2008Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On February 1, 2008, the ship was en route from Port Canaveral to Nassau on a Western Caribbean itinerary to the Bahamas, Belize, and Cozumel Mexico. A 46-year-old crew (of Indian origin) was reported missing after failing to show for work. He was presumed fell overboard and died. USCG was notified, but they didn’t find the body.

03 August 2007Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

On August 3, 2007, a 16-year-old male passenger sustained a serous head injury after diving headfirst into the ship's swimming pool. The boy was medevaced, forcing the vessel to return to homeport Port Canaveral FL ~6 hours after departure.

16 March 2007Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

(overboard) On March 16, 2007, a 35-year-old male passenger was miraculously rescued ~8 hours after he fell overboard approx 30 ml / 50 km east of Fort Lauderdale FL. The ship was en-route to Nassau Bahamas, when the intoxicated man jumped through a window, falling from ~60 ft / 18 m into the water.

11 August 2005Crew / Passenger Deaths

On August 11, 2005, a 30-year-old crew was found dead in his cabin. The man worked on the ship as a musician. He was presumed dead by natural causes.

14 June 2005Other Incidents

On June 14, 2005, the shipowner Carnival Corporation was fined USD 65,000 because the company didn’t provide the USCG with the names lists (passengers and crew) and the ship’s ports of call list. Because of this incident, two Carnival cruise vessels (Glory and Carnival Victory) were also not allowed to dock in call ports Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas USVI) and San Juan (Puerto Rico). The operator Carnival Cruise Lines blamed the issue on a “computer glitch”.

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