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Golden Princess accidents and incidents

Golden Princess cruise ship

Former names
Pacific Adventure

Length (LOA)
289 m / 948 ft

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CruiseMapper's Golden Princess cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 3158-passenger vessel owned by Princess Cruises. Our Golden 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • fires - 2009 (engine room), 2018 (Communications Centre)
  • propulsion/power loss - 2015 (Australia)
  • pollution in Alaska - 2009 (6), 2011, 2013, 2018
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) - 2004 (84 / 15), 2009 (100 / 7), 2016 (Australia)
  • deaths - overboard (2017, 2019)
  • injuries/crimes - 2008 (kid near drowning)
  • medevacs - 2013
  21 January 2019Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard-suicide) On January 21, 2019, a 22-year-old male passenger was reported missing and presumed overboard while the liner was in the Tasman Sea and en-route from Auckland NZ to Melbourne (Victoria Australia). The cruise ship conducted a search and rescue operation during the night (Jan 21) but the body was not found.

After conducting a shipwide search and reviewing CCTV videos, on Jan 22, Princess Cruises officially announced that the man intentionally went (jumped) overboard at ~2 am (Jan 21). AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority/coast guard agency) was contacted at ~9 am (Jan 21).

The incident occurred at the end of 13-day New Zealand Cruise (itinerary Jan 10-23) roundtrip from homeport Melbourne to Fiordland Park, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Gisborne, Tauranga, and Auckland (Jan 19).

  12 November 2018Fire Accident

(CruiseMapper email from Fred van Gestel) On November 12, 2018, a fire on Deck 6 burnt out the Communications Centre. The fire started in NZ waters, while the liner was en-route from Dunedin to Akaroa. Passengers were awoken 4 times (between 12-midnight and 2 am). All the crew was on standby. Several cabin decks were in smoke. Passengers were told to dress, have their medications and lifejackets, and to gather in smoke-free areas.

"Worst cruise of over 30 we have done. Why was this potentially tragic incident not reported anywhere in Press, either in Australia or NZ?"

"Comm Centre is not the passengers' internet, but the internal working of the ship (not shown on deck plan). It is from this area that contact to ship via the internet, programming of shows, TV to cabins, and many other communications take place.  During the week after the burn out of the section on Deck 6, the crew were also cut off from contact with their families at home, causing a lot of anxiety for them."

The accident occurred at the beginning of the 13-day Australia to New Zealand cruise (itinerary Nov 8-21, 2018) roundtrip from homeport Melbourne to Fjordland Park, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Gisborne, Tauranga, and Auckland.

  June 2018Sea Pollution

In June 2018, the vessel was reported for sea pollution in Alaskan waters. While berthed in Ketchikan AK, the vessel discharged discoloured water. Investigation showed that the discharge was from the ship’s scrubbers (exhaust system).

Such in-port discharges don't comply with the state's regulations and are subject to investigation by both state and federal agencies. Alaska state employs "ocean rangers" to board each vessel and monitor all its discharges. While smokestack scrubber discharge is permitted by Environmental Protection Agency, Alaska doesn't have state permit for these systems.

(update) On July, 28, while in Rockland ME, CLIA's SVP made an announcement that CLIA member-companies ships don't discharge anything while in or near the seaport, and "never" from scrubbers. The compliance with CLIA's mandatory requirements is a condition of membership.

  03 May 2017Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On May 3, 2017, a 61-year-old male passenger (of US origin) was reported missing and presumably overboard. The shipboard search for the man started after the cruise ship docked in homeport Sydney Australia. The accident must have occurred between April 30 – May 3 (on sea days) while the ship was en-route from Lautoka Fiji to Sydney NSW. The missing man was travelling alone.

The ship was on 13-night South Pacific Islands cruise (itinerary April 21 - May 4) roundtrip from Sydney to island ports in New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji.

  March 2016Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

In March 2016, an Australian news media reported a major Norovirus outbreak during the 14-day South Pacific Islands cruise (itinerary March 8-22) from homeport Melbourne to New Caledonia and Vanuatu. An unspecified number of cruise passengers were suffering from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea).

According to Princess Cruises official statement, the ship’s crew were engaged with extensive cleaning and disinfection procedures, including all public spaces. All infected passengers were quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours. Another media reported the simultaneous flu (influenza virus) outbreak on the cruise ship.

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.

  06 December 2015Propulsion / Power Loss

On December 6, 2015, the ship suffered power loss accident resulting in temporary drifting and cruising at reduced speeds between New Zealand and Australia for several hours. The incident occurred near the end of the 13-days Around New Zealand cruise (itinerary Nov 29 - Dec 12) roundtrip from Auckland to Tauranga, Gisborne, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Fjordland Park, Melbourne (Australia).

  28 September 2013Coast Guard Medevacs

On September 28, 2013, a 79-year-old male passenger (of Canadian origin) suffered from acute kidney failure while the ship was en-route back to homeport Los Angeles California. He was medevaced by a USCG helicopter dispatched from San Francisco CA to the ship (located approx 40 mi / 65 km west of the city). The man was transported to Palo Alto CA (Stanford Hospital).

  2011Sea Pollution

(law news) On January 29, 2013, Princess Cruises was fined USD 20,000 on sea pollution charges. The cruise vessel was accused in dumping its swimming pools’ waters (a total of 66,000 gallons, or ~250,000 litres) into the waters of Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska) in 2011. The cruise company claimed the incident was caused by “software malfunction”, commanding the valves of all the ship’s 6 swimming pools (and whirlpools) to open and dump their chlorinated waters into Glacier Bay.

  May 2009Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

May 2009, CDC reported on the voyage April 23 to May 7, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) affected a total of 100 passengers (out of 1954, or 5,1%) and 7 crew (out of 894, or 0,6%). The ship was on 14-day Panama Canal cruise from homeport Fort Lauderdale Florida.

  22 March 2009Fire Accident

On March 22, 2009, the ship reported an engine room fire during 14-day Hawaiian cruise from homeport Los Angeles CA. The incident was announced by the Captain via the PA system ~11:45 pm. The cause for the fire was a seal blown by the engine’s turbocharger, which set off the smoke detector. The fire incident lasted for ~1 hour and resulted in temporarily reduced cruising speed and itinerary change - call port Nawiliwili / Kauai was dropped.

  2009Sea Pollution

In 2009, the ship was reported 6 times for sea pollution in Alaska, violating the Alaskan wastewater standard for zinc. The failed wastewater tests were conducted on May 18, June 1, August 3 and 10, and on September 7 and 14.

  27 September 2008Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

On September 27, 2008, a 9-year-old male passenger was saved from drowning by another passenger. The boy was found unconscious, lying on the bottom of an onboard swimming pool. The man who saved the kid’s life was rewarded with a free Princess cruise.

  August 2008Sea Pollution

In August 2008, the vessel was reported for sea pollution, violating the Alaskan wastewater quality standard for zinc. Wastewater tests showed concentration levels higher than the allowed norms.

  December 2004Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

December 2004, CDC reported on the voyage Dec 12 to 19, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 84 passengers (out of 2742, or 3,1%) and 15 crew (out of 1100, or 1,4%). All sick suffered from the Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea) and were quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours. The ship was on 7-day Caribbean cruise from homeport San Juan Puerto Rico.

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