Diamond Princess accidents and incidents
CruiseMapper's Diamond Princess cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 3247-passenger vessel owned by Princess Cruises. Our Diamond Princess 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.
- pier collision/allision – 2004 (Victoria BC, Canada)
- propulsion/power loss – 2004
- pollution in Alaska – 2008 (twice), 2009 (4 times)
- Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2005, 2 outbreaks in 2006 (total 197 / 7), 2 outbreaks in 2008-China (total 492 / 14), 2009 (100+), 2014 (60+), 2016-Australia (158 pax)
- injuries/crimes – 2006, 2013, 2015
- deaths – 2017
|28 December 2017||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
On December 28, 2017, an 80+ years old male passenger died on the ship docked in call port Napier New Zealand. The elderly man suffered a medical emergency onboard. The ship’s medical team was unable to revive him. The incident occurred during 11-day "Christmas Cruise" (itinerary Dec 19-30) from Sydney to Auckland NZ, also visiting Tasmania (Hobart).
|26 March 2015||Coast Guard Medevacs|
On March 26, 2015, a male passenger (suffering from an undisclosed condition) was medevaced while the ship was en-route from New Zealand to homeport Sydney Australia.
|19 September 2013||Coast Guard Medevacs|
On September 19, 2013, a 72-year-old female passenger was medevaced by USCG helicopter when the ship was in Icy Strait Alaska. The woman was airlifted and transported to Sitka Community Hospital.
|23 September 2011||Other Incidents|
On September 23, 2011, during an Alaskan cruise, 68 passengers were transported to next call port Juneau AK from Haines AK via the ferry Malaspina. Due to bad weather, the Princess passengers, along with other tourists, found themselves stranded in Haines and unable to join the cruise ship in Skagway AK. They were on a sponsored by Princess Cruises shore excursion in Haines, arriving there by water taxi.
|June 2009||Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks|
On June 16, 2009 (no CDC report), although not experiencing an outbreak, the ship issued an illness report about (unspecified number) passengers with Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea). All sick were 48-hours quarantined to their cabins for fear of spreading the Norwalk virus on the ship. The crew started sanitizing procedures. According to unofficial data, passengers affected by the gastrointestinal illness were well over 100.
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.
Four times in 2009 (on Aug 14, Sept 1, Oct 23, and Nov 2), while cruising in Alaska, the ship was reported for sea pollution, with higher levels of zinc and ammonia in its wastewater than allowed by Alaska’s wastewater standards.
|November 2008||Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks|
On November 5, 2008, the ship was operating in Asia (China roundtrips) when over 400 UK passengers and 13 crew were quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours for experiencing Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea). 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.
|April 2008||Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks|
On May 1, 2008, the ship reported a Norovirus outbreak affecting 92 passengers (3,4% of all) and 5 crew (0.5% of all) during 14-day Hawaii cruise roundtrip from Los Angeles CA.
Twice in 2008 (on Sept 25 and Nov 3), while cruising in Alaska, the ship was reported for sea pollution, with higher levels of zinc and ammonia in its wastewater than allowed by Alaska’s wastewater standards.
|07 October 2006||Crew / Passenger Crimes|
(sexual) On October 7, 2006, a 58-year-old male passenger was arrested and charged with child molestation. The arrest was done when the ship docked in homeport Long Beach CA. The man was accused of molesting two minors (boys, aged 12) in the onboard sauna room. FBI investigation exonerated him of the charges.
|September 2006||Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks|
September 2006, CDC reported during the Alaskan cruise (itinerary Sept 2 to 9), a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 127 passengers (out of 2643, or 4,8%) and 4 crew (out of 1120, or 0,4%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea) and were quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours.
|August 2006||Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks|
On August 27, 2006, an online news media reported a Norovirus outbreak affecting at least 60 people (passengers and crew), all being quarantined in their cabins for 48 hours. 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.
|November 2005||Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks|
On November 30, 2005, a total of 58 passengers (out of 2650) were reported suffering from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea). 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.
|January 2005||Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks|
On January 14, 2005, passengers reported between 30 and 40 people suffering from Norovirus illness outbreak on the 7-day Mexico cruise from Los Angeles ((itinerary Jan 7-14). 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.
|21 May 2004||Ship Collision / Allision|
(pier collision) On May 21, 2004, the ship collided with the pier in call port Victoria BC, resulting in technical problems and late departure due to conducted underwater / hull damage inspection. The results were minor hull damages, reduced cruising speed, itinerary changes. The propeller’s blade tips were also bent.
Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).
|10 March 2004||Propulsion / Power Loss|
On March 10, 2004, technical problems caused ~5 hours late arrival in homeport Los Angeles CA. The ship was on 7-day Mexico Riviera cruise (itinerary April 3 – 10). There were rumours about the vessel suffering an engine failure. On the previous voyage were reported 3 temporarily power loss incidents (each lasting less than 5 min).
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