Carnival Vista accidents and incidents

Carnival Vista cruise ship
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Cabins
1965

Length (LOA)
322 m / 1056 ft

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CruiseMapper's Carnival Vista cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 4716-passenger vessel owned by Carnival Cruise Line. Our Carnival Vista 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 - 2016, 2019
  • deaths - 2019
  • medevacs - 2016, 2018
  • 2016 - Messina incident (passing close to shore)
DateAccident
  15 June 2019Propulsion / Power Loss

Carnival Cruise Line emailed all booked passengers about an itinerary change due to technical issues resulting in reduced max cruising speed. As compensation, all bookings received US$50 per person in OBC (automatically added to passenger's Sail&Sign account) plus 25% future Carnival cruise credit (used on itineraries departing before Dec 12, 2020). Canceled bookings received full refunds (towards future Carnival cruises). All pre-purchased tours (booked through Carnival) were also fully refunded.

The originally scheduled 7-day Western Caribbean itinerary (June 15-22) roundtrip from homeport Galveston Texas had planned visits to Jamaica (Montego Bay / June 18, 8am - 5pm), Grand Cayman (George Town / June 19, 7am - 3pm) and Mexico (Cozumel / June 20, 9am - 5pm).

The revised itinerary (June 15 from Galveston TX) included 2 seadays (June 16-17), Roatan Island (Mahagony Bay / June 18, 10am - 6pm), Mexico (Costa Maya / June 19, 8am - 5pm), Mexico (Cozumel / June 20, 7am - 4 pm) and a seaday (June 21).

Due to ongoing propulsion issues impacting vessel's speed, on June 20, Carnival Cruise Line had to cancel three consecutive 7-day Western Caribbean itineraries (departures July 6, 13, 20) which are listed below.

departure July 6

Date / TimePort
06 Jul 16:00Departing from Galveston, Texas
09 Jul 08:00 - 18:00Roatan Island, Honduras
10 Jul 08:00 - 17:00Belize City
11 Jul 08:00 - 16:00Cozumel, Mexico
13 Jul 08:00Arriving in Galveston, Texas

departure July 13

Date / TimePort
13 Jul 16:00Departing from Galveston, Texas
16 Jul 08:00 - 17:00Montego Bay, Jamaica
17 Jul 07:00 - 15:00Grand Cayman Island
18 Jul 09:00 - 17:00Cozumel, Mexico
20 Jul 08:00Arriving in Galveston, Texas

departure July 20

Date / TimePort
20 Jul 16:00Departing from Galveston, Texas
23 Jul 08:00 - 18:00Roatan Island, Honduras
24 Jul 08:00 - 17:00Belize City
25 Jul 08:00 - 16:00Cozumel, Mexico
27 Jul 08:00Arriving in Galveston, Texas

The cruise ship was taken out of service (July 1 through 27) for repairs. All canceled July 2019 bookings were provided with full refunds, refunds of pre-purchased items (prior departure), USD 200 pp to flight change fees/travel expenses, plus 100% future Carnival cruise credit (to rebook before Dec 20, 2020).

  01 June 2019Crew / Passenger Deaths

(CruiseMapper emailed incident report by Barbara Dodson) I was on Vista from 06-01 to 06-08-19. We heard them call for a medical response team to go to a cabin on deck 9 and later heard someone on deck 9 had died of a heart attack. A passenger reported seeing the body being transported to the morgue and the cabin being sealed off. If the medical emergency and death were related, this happened on 06-01. I could've sworn we were still in port when the medical emergency was called, though. It may have been right after we left, though.

The incident occurred at the beginning of 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary June 1-8) roundtrip from homeport Galveston Texas to Montego Bay (Jamaica), George Town (Grand Cayman) and Cozumel (Mexico).

(2nd feedback from Barbara Dodson) I did confirm the call for a medical response team on June 1 was for this incident. We had actually just left Galveston when it happened. The body remained onboard the entire week (presumably in the morgue) until we got back to Galveston (June 8). Witnesses reported seeing a hearse pulled up to the ship before we disembarked. This incident did not cause any itinerary changes but was a sadly tragic event for this poor person's family.

  08 July 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On July 8, 2018, an 89-year-old male passenger (suffering a stroke) was medevaced from the ship approx 140 ml (220 km) west of Great Inagua Island (Bahamas), en-route from Miami to Jamaica. The USCG dispatched  MH-60 helicopter crew from Clearwater, Florida. The man and a crew nurse were airlifted and flown to Cheshire Hall Medical Centre (Turks and Caicos).

The incident occurred during 6-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary July 8-14) roundtrip from homeport Miami to Ocho Rios (Jamaica), George Town (Grand Cayman) and Cozumel (Mexico).

  02 December 2017Other Incidents

On January 16, 2018, CDC issued a report regarding the Carnival Vista ship, inspected on December 2, 2017.  The sanitation inspection resulted in score 79.  Note: any CDC score of 85 or lower is failing. Sanitation inspectors caught the crew hiding perishable food and galley equipment in crew quarters, officially reported as "an organized effort to physically move several containers and trolleys of food equipment, utensils, spices, potentially hazardous food items, raw produce, and decorations to a crew cabin hallway and a crew cabin in order to avoid VSP inspection".

Among the items found by the VSP staff were Lexan boxes with butter, buttermilk, whipping cream, raw seafood and meat (salmon, lamb, beef). In addition, the VSP staff found incomplete and/or inaccurate gastroenteritis (infectious diarrhea) illness logs and incorrect time control labels.

  14 November 2016Propulsion / Power Loss

On November 14, 2016, while operating in the Southern Caribbean, the ship experienced technical problems affecting its propulsion system. The incident resulted in lower speed. The incident affected the next scheduled 11-night repositioning cruise from NYC to Miami (itinerary Nov 16-27) – Grand Turk was replaced with Nassau.

  22 October 2016Coast Guard Medevacs

On October 22, 2016, a male passenger was medevaced (airlifted) from the ship in the Mediterranean while the liner was en-route from Barcelona to Gibraltar.

  28 August 2016Other Incidents

("Messina incident") On August 28, 2016, while operating maneuvers for leaving the port of Messina (Sicily Island, Italy), the vessel turned over some of the port’s boating piers (at Marina del Nettuno) and flooded several boats that were moored there. The port has a harbor bay (formed by a C-shaped land area) for docking large-sized ships. At the harbor’s entrance (bay’s northwestern part) there is a quay (called Marina del Nettuno) with several concrete piers where smaller boats and yachts are moored.

While the Carnival cruise ship was maneuvering to exit the port, it came too close to the quay. The thrust it produced and the unusual proximity resulted in strong waves reverberating close to the marina dock. This caused some of the piers to turn over and swamped all moored boats, some of which sunk at their moorings. Of the affected piers, two suffered structural damages (one destroyed beyond repair). The ship didn’t stop but was slightly delayed its departure.

The Harbour Master (Messina port authority) opened an investigation of the accident. According to Italian news media sources, the damages caused by the cruise ship were over EURO 250,000 – two piers, broken mooring lines, boats in poor condition.

The incident occurred on a good-weather day. and during a 9-day Barcelona round-trip Mediterranean cruise (itinerary Aug 26 – Sept 3) with call ports Messina, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno, Marseille, and Palma de Mallorca.

In a similar incident (passing too close to the shore), the Carnival Sunshine ship trapped a water taxi in Venice (Italy) in July 2013.

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