Celebrity Eclipse accidents and incidents

Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship


Length (LOA)
317 m / 1040 ft

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CruiseMapper's Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 3420-passenger vessel owned by Celebrity Cruises. Our Celebrity Eclipse 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • Illness – 2010 (chickenpox)
  • Norovirus – 2011-UK (?), 2013-Mediterranean (77 / 5), 2016-Baltic (~300)
  • deaths – overboard (2011-crew), 2011 (parasailing in St Thomas)
  • injuries/crimes – 2011 (drug bust), 2013 (armed robbery in St Lucia; crew theft)
  • medevacs - 2018
  15 August 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On August 15, 2018, a male passenger (with suspected cardiac arrest) was medevaced from the ship navigating in Saltee Islands, approx 5 km (3 ml) off Wexford Ireland's coast. Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 was dispatched at 4:15 am. The operation was assited by a Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat. The man and his wife were winched and transported to Dublin.

The incident occurred while the liner was en-route from Dublin to Cobh-Cork, during 12-day British Isles cruise (itinerary Aug 6-18) roundtrip from homeport Amsterdam Holland to Invergordon, Leith-Edinburgh, Belfast, Liverpool, Dublin, Cobh-Cork, and Guernsey (Channel Islands).

  May 2016Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

In May 2016 was reported a Norovirus outbreak during ship's 14-day Baltic cruise itinerary. Reportedly, illness issues started on day 3 with cleaning crew deployed around the vessel. Sick passengers were reported at Oceanview Cafe, Spa Cafe and Theater Lounge.

Via liner's PA system was announced Code Red, and every day the Captain regularly made announcements mentioning hand washing. Lido buffet restaurant (generally self-serve) was put on staff service. From day 6 onwards, all buffet stations were covered and served. Menus and condiments were removed from the tables at all dining venues (except Dining Room and speciality restaurants) and hand sanitisation before entry was required. Reportedly, dispensers in public restrooms frequently lacked soap. On day 8, Mast Grill (poolside burger bar) opened for the first time.

According to some sources, around 300 passengers plus crew contracted Noro virus during the voyage.

  May 2013Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

An UK media reported a Norovirus outbreak on the liner after it docked in Southampton on May 25. The ship returned from 14-day Mediterranean cruise (itinerary May 11-25). The Noro virus infected a total of 77 passengers and 5 crew (or around 1,8% of all passengers-crew. While berthed in Southampton, the vessel underwent an extensive cleaning and sanitation.

Note: When the itinerary doesn’t include US cruise ports, the ship is not required to report to CDC, thus no official illness report would be issued.

  22 April 2013Crew / Passenger Crimes

On April 22, 2013, a 27-year-old male crew was arrested when the ship docked in homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida. The man (Huan Shen, of Chinese origin) was charged with grand theft. He was accused of stealing a total of USD 7900 cash from 2 other crew members (his cabinmates, also Chinese).

  12 April 2013Crew / Passenger Crimes

On April 12, 2013, a total of 55 passengers and 2 crew were robbed at gunpoint while on Celebrity Cruises sponsored shore excursion in Soufriere (St Lucia). No injuries were reported, although an alternative source mentioned a female passenger fell and broke her leg. The incident happened when the tour bus visited Soufriere’s Botanical Gardens.

(law news) On April 15, the local police arrested 1 of the 4 suspects. The man in a written statement confessed to the armed robbery and was charged.

  23 November 2011Crew / Passenger Crimes

On November 23, 2011, 2 passengers (a couple from Los Angeles CA) were arrested in Basseterre (St Kitts) and charged for drug possession. In the morning, the ship’s security staff searched their cabin and found marijuana.

The local drug police boarded the ship and started an investigation. They questioned the couple and took them into custody. The recovered drugs were tested positive for cannabis. In court, the couple pleaded guilty and were fined ~US$2,000 each. They were not allowed to embark the vessel, so flew back home on the next day on their own expenses.

  17 November 2011Crew / Passenger Deaths

On November 17, 2011, a 60-year-old female passenger died and her daughter (aged 34) was seriously injured on a Celebrity Cruises sponsored shore excursion in St Thomas USVI. The accident occurred at ~4:30 pm during a parasailing excursion (tandem riding), approx 1 ml / 2 km south of Water Island.

Pending the investigation’s outcome, the cruise company cancelled all parasailing excursions in Caribbean ports. The injured woman was hospitalized at Schneider Hospital. The ship was on 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise from homeport Miami to Puerto Rico, St Thomas, St Maarten.

  September 2011Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

In September 2011, an UK news media reported Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) affected the ship’s 11-day Eastern Mediterranean voyage roundtrip from homeport Southampton England. All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. After the passenger disembarkation at Ocean Terminal (Southampton), the liner and the cruise terminal were sanitized.

Note: When the itinerary doesn’t include US cruise ports, the ship is not required to report to CDC, thus no official illness report would be issued.

  20 May 2011Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On May 20, 2011, a 31-year-old crew jumped overboard. The man (of Filipino origin) was reported missing approx 8 ml / 13 km north of call port Cherbourg France. CCTV camera captured him at 10:15 pm to climb over a railing and jump overboard. The conducted search failed to find the body.

The ship was in the English Channel, returning to homeport Southampton England from a 14-day Mediterranean roundtrip itinerary.

  July 2010Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

On July 26, 2010, the ship reported a chickenpox (varicella) illness outbreak on day 2 of the July 10 Baltic Sea cruise from Southampton UK. Some of the sick passengers were disembarked in call port Warnemunde-Rostock (Germany).

  April 2010Other Incidents

In April 2010, after the volcano eruption in Iceland (Eyjafjallajökull volcano), flights to the UK were suspended, leaving nearly 2000 UK tourists stranded in Bilbao Spain. The newly launched cruise vessel was send to Bilbao out of Southampton England on a “good will” voyage (itinerary April 21 to 23) and carried the tourists back home.

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