Columbus accidents and incidents
Sitmar Fair Majesty, Star Princess, Arcadia, Ocean Village 1, Pacific Pearl
245 m / 804 ft
CruiseMapper's Columbus cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 1855-passenger vessel owned by CMV (Cruise and Maritime Voyages). Our Columbus 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 - 2010 (La Paz, Tarlac Philippines)
- deaths – 2006 (drowning), overboard (2008, 2009-crew)
- injuries/crimes – 2008
Previously, the vessel was operated under the names FairMajesty (1988 launched, being constructed for the Sitmar Cruises), Star Princess (1989-1997, bought and operated by Princess Cruises), Arcadia (1997-2003, transferred to P&O UK), Ocean Village One (2003-2010, transferred to Carnival UK’s subsidiary company Ocean Village), Pacific Pearl (2010-2017, P&O Australia) and MS Columbus (since 2017).
|03 February 2011||Structural and Technical Issues|
(P&O Pacific Pearl) On February 3, 2011, the ship experienced a series of system malfunctions. Among the reported by passengers cabin issues were leaky ceilings (also in the main stairwell), toilet blockages, running water failures (also in public areas, affecting bars and cafes services).
|27 January 2011||Structural and Technical Issues|
(P&O Pacific Pearl) On January 27, 2011, the ship Atrium’s crystal chandelier (3 m / 10 ft wide) broke from the ceiling. It fell 3 decks through the Atrium and shattered, crashing onto tables in the Lobby’s cafe area (Plaza Deck 5). The incident occurred at ~2:30 am. Luckully, due to the late hour no one was in the area. The chandelier was installed during the ship’s refit in Singapore (Nov 2009).
|11 March 2010||Ship Collision / Allision|
On March 11, 2010, while maneuvering for berthing at port La Paz (Tarlac, Philippines), the ship crashed into (bumped) a Korean general cargo vessel. The accident was due to rough currents and strong winds.
After hitting the vessel, the cruise ship hit a steel bar on the pier. The bow was damaged. No injuries were reported. The March 12 departure (to Hong Kong China) was delayed for quick repairs.
Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).
|23 June 2009||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
(Ocean Village One / overboard) On June 23, 2009, a 42-year-old male crew fell overboard while the ship was docked in homeport Palma de Mallorca Spain. The incident occurred around noon, when the man (of Indian origin) accidentally fell from the ship and died instantly.
|04 October 2008||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
(Ocean Village One / overboard) On October 4, 2008, a 71-year-old male passenger fell overboard and died during a Mediterranean cruise. Reportedly, in an attempt to spot his grandchildren, the elderly man leaned over the railing on Deck 14, tumbled and fell into the water. The accident occurred while the ship was docked in call port Dubrovnik Croatia. Unfortunately, during the fall the man hit a lifeboat, fracturing his skull and spine.
|09 July 2008||Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards|
(Ocean Village One) On July 9, 2008, a male passenger suffered a serious injury (lost his left leg) due to an infection. The incident occurred during 7-day Western Caribbean cruise from homeport Bridgetown Barbados, while the ship was docked in call port Belize City. The man burned his feet on pool deck’s metal surface while sunbathing. According to his own statement, his feet got stuck and soon after started to sizzle. When he wrenched them up, the skin fell off. He was disembarked and flown home, but his limb had to be amputated below the knee due to infection spread.
|21 June 2006||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
(Ocean Village One) On June 21, 2006, a male passenger’s body was pulled lifeless out of Deck 12’s Crystal swimming pool. The ship’s medics attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful. The incident occurred during a Mediterranean cruise. The dead body was offloaded in call port Civitavecchia-Rome (Italy).
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