Celebrity Equinox accidents and incidents
CruiseMapper's Celebrity Equinox cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 3420-passenger vessel owned by Celebrity Cruises. Our Celebrity Equinox 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.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 – 2009 (measles)
- Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2015 (142 / 8)
- deaths – overboard (2011), 2012 (diving in Cozumel Mexico), 2017 (buss crash in Mexico)
- injuries/crimes – sexual (2011, 2012)
|03 January 2018||Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards|
On January 3, 2018, a tour boat with 10 cruise ship passengers (from Celebrity Equinox and Navigator Of The Seas) sank ~15 min after its departure from Cozumel Mexico. Passengers were instructed by the crew to head to the bow. As the boat quickly took on water, all of them jumped into the sea. They were soon rescued by other boats, No injuries were reported.
The ship was on 7-day Western Caribbean "New Year Cruise" (itinerary Dec 30-Jan 6) roundtrip from Miami to Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman.
|19 December 2017||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
On December 19, 2017, a total of 14 cruise ship tourists were killed in a bus crash accident near Mayan ruins (Yucatan Mexico). Of all the 27 passengers (from the Equinox ship, but also from Serenade Of The Seas), 15 died (including the Mexican tour guide) and 18 were injured (3 seriously, 13 hospitalized).
The tour company (Costa Maya Mahahual) operated the excursion from call port Costa Maya (approx 160 km / 100 km south of Playa del Carmen). The bus (Mercedes Benz) ran off the road and flipped over on the highway while en-route from Costa Maya to Chacchoben Ruins (approx 110 ml / 170 km south of Tulum).
The crash was due to negligence of the bus driver and exceeded speed limit. None of the passengers was using seat belts. During the accident, the Equinox ship was on 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary Dec 16-23) roundtrip from Miami to Key West FL, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Grand Cayman.
(itinerary changes) For the whole 2016, Celebrity Cruises cancelled the Equinox ship’s visits (overnights) to call port Istanbul Turkey. The changes were due to Salipazari Port (Galataport) construction project. The development of Istanbul’s cruise port Galataport was completed in 2018.
|February 2015||Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks|
In February 2015, CDC reported on the voyage Feb 13 to 23, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 142 passengers (out of 2896, or 4,9%) and 8 crew (out of 1209, or 0,7%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.
The ship was on 10-day Eastern Caribbean roundtrip from homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida to St Thomas, St Kitts, Barbados, Dominica, St Maarten.
|16 July 2012||Crew / Passenger Crimes|
(sexual) On July 16, 2012, a 27-year-old female passenger was sexually assaulted by a 27-year-old male crew. The woman (of British origin) was traveling with her parents. The ship was 11-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise to Greece and Turkey roundtrip from homeport Southampton England.
The incident occurred soon after the vessel left call port Civitavecchia-Rome Italy) and was en-rote to Messina (Sicily, Italy). The victim said they met in a bar, spent several hours drinking together, then he followed her back to her stateroom and raped her. This was confirmed by the CCTV footage. The crew (working on the ship as entertainment performer) was arrested in Messina.
|28 March 2012||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
On March 28, 2012, a 49-year-old female passenger was reported missing on a Celebrity Cruises sponsored shore excursion in Cozumel Mexico. The woman (Christina Cassin, from Acworth GA, USA), together with her husband (Scott Turco) were on a Santa Rosa reef diving excursion.
They were ~10 min into the diving when she decided to surface. Her husband turned to inform the dive guide next to him, and when he turned back, she was disappeared. Investigation suggested she might have been pulled in the strong downward current along the wall.
|26 September 2011||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
(overboard) On September 26, 2011, at ~8 am, a 24-year-old male passenger jumped overboard in the sea from deck 11. The man (of US origin) died after hitting a lifeboat on the way down. The ship was in the Mediterranean Sea, en-route to call port Kusadasi Turkey. Reportedly, the man was sleepwalking when he fell overboard.
|12 September 2011||Crew / Passenger Crimes|
(sexual / law news) On September 12, 2011, a lawsuit against Celebrity Cruises was filed by a female crew. The woman (of South African origin) worked on the ship until Feb 2011 as perfume sales assistant (concessionaire employed by Harding Retail, an UK company).
She was sexually assaulted during a Mediterranean cruise in October 2010. In the early hours, she left the crew lounge, fell asleep and awoke when a male crew was raping her. The incident was reported to her supervisors. The assailant crew was fired but not arrested.
|July 2009||Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks|
On July 17, 2009, Dutch news media reported over 2100 people (passengers and crew) were vaccinated against measles disease. The incident occurred when the ship was docked in call port Eemshaven (Groningen, Holland). Two crew were earlier diagnosed with measles. All the 20 crew who were in contact with the sick were disembarked and quarantined in a hotel in Delfzijl (Groningen).
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