MS Swiss Crystal accidents and incidents

MS Swiss Crystal cruise ship


Length (LOA)
101 m / 331 ft

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CruiseMapper's MS Swiss Crystal cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 125-passenger vessel owned by Scylla Cruises. Our MS Swiss Crystal 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 - 2017 (Duisburg Germany), 2018 (bridge crash in Germany / Rhine River)
  • Coronavirus - 2020 (60 passengers)

October 2020Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

On October 17, 2020, the riverboat completed a 7-night cruise from Passau to Frankfurt am Main. The folk music-themed voyage was privately chartered and departed from Passau on October 10.

During the sailing was performed a live concert with singing and brass music performances in the ship's Bar Lounge (large-capacity indoor venue). According to a statement by the organizers, the onboard hygiene concept (including a mask requirement) had always been adhered to. However, guests and musicians stayed in the same closed space for several hours, and while in the room, wearing masks was optional.

Following the voyage, a total of 60 (out of 92 passengers, mostly Swiss) tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Among the positive cases were the cruise organizer Little BIG Band (Hanspeter and Elsbeth Balsiger) and the Swiss singer Monique. The ship was not quarantined and continued towards Dodewaard (Gelderland, The Netherlands). All infected were put in isolation.

16 January 2018Ship Collision / Allision

(bridge crash) On January 16, 2018, a total of 27 people sustained injuries in a bridge crash accident when the riverboat struck a motorway bridge on Rhine River (in Germany).

The collision was due to the high water level. It resulted in 100+ with minor injuries and 4 ambulanced to the hospital. The cruise boat was assisted by fire department boats, while another ship took and transported all passengers to safety. The next scheduled itinerary was canceled. Booked customers were offered to re-book on another Scylla-owned riverboat.

Note: Actually, this type of marine accident is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).

27 December 2017Ship Collision / Allision

On December 27, 2017, in the morning, while navigating on Rhine River, the Scylla-owned riverboat collided with a bridge pier (on A42 motorway) near Duisburg Germany.

The accident resulted in 27 injured passengers and crew. The ship's hull (bow) was seriously damaged. The ship was on "Christmas Cruise" carrying a total of 129 people. Another Scylla cruise ship took Swiss Crystal's 103 passengers and 26 crew and continued on the voyage (serving as replacement ship) ~1 hour after the collision.

Note: Actually, this type of marine accident is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).

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