Majestic Princess accidents and incidents

Majestic Princess cruise ship


Length (LOA)
330 m / 1083 ft

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CruiseMapper's Majestic Princess cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 4272-passenger vessel owned by Princess Cruises. Our Majestic Princess accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • pollution - 2017 (Shanghai China “balloons release” Facebook protest)
  • deaths - overboard (2019)
  • medevacs - 2018
  07 August 2019Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On August 7, 2019, a 45-year-old male passenger (of Chinese origin) intentionally jumped overboard while the liner was en-route from China to Japan, approx 110 km (70 mi) from Jeju Island (Korea). The man jumped into the sea at ~7:50 pm as the incident was captured on CCTV cameras. His wife was the first who alerted ship's security staff about the overboard.

The cruise ship immediately changed its course and started a search and rescue operation with 2 of its lifeboats. The operation (coordinated by the Japanese and South Korean coast guard agencies) was soon joined by 5 other vessels in the area. Man's body was not found.

The incident occurred during the 4-day Japan Cruise (itinerary August 6-10) roundtrip from homeport Shanghai (China) to Nagasaki (Japan).

  12 September 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On September 12, 2018, a 68-year-old male passenger (suffering "serious internal bleeding") was medevaced from the ship off central Queensland's coast. The man (from South Australia) was airlifted by RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter crew and flown to Townsville Hospital (Townsville QLD) in stable condition.

At ~6:30 am, the coastguard helicopter met the ship approx 80 km (50 mi) southeast of Mackay QLD. On liner's helipad were lowered rescue crew, critical-care paramedic and a stretcher. The patient (initially treated by ship's medical crew) was winched into the chopper, which after refuelling at Hamilton Island flew some 400 km (250 ml) to Townsville, arriving at ~10:50 am.

The incident occurred at the end of 22-day Asia to Australia repositioning cruise (itinerary Aug 24 - Sept 13) from  Shanghai to Brisbane, visiting Busan (Korea), Hong Kong, Vietnam (Nha Trang, Saigon), Singapore and Darwin.

  04 July 2017Sea Pollution

On July 4, 2017, before departing port Xiamen China (during the “Inaugural Cruise” from Europe to Asia), there was a dockside celebration event which included hundreds of balloons (coloured in yellow, red, blue and pink) released from the ship.

There was a strong social media reaction on the cruise line’s Facebook post about the publicity stunt, calling it “environmentally-harmful” and criticizing the company’s conduct as “disgraceful” and “irresponsible”. The main argument was that these plastic balloons will end up in the ocean (and land) causing harm to marine species (mammals, fish, turtles) that could mistake them as food and consume them.

Princess Cruises responded by claiming that balloons used in the event were “eco-friendly biodegradable”. This was opposed with negative comments about the up to 5-year period needed for a balloon to actually begin to disintegrate. Then, these smaller parts will be consumed by more marine animals causing their death.

Note: In December 2016, the company was fined USD 40 million (GBP 32 million) by the “US Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division” for illegally dumping oil into the sea from the ship Caribbean Princess (plus 4 other fleet mates) since 2005. The cruise company was charged with sea pollution.

Princess Cruise Lines Ltd was accused and found guilty of by-passing the vessel’s oily water separator (using a “magic pipe”), log falsifications, lying to USCG. Princess pleaded guilty to 7 charges. The USD 40 million payment was the world’s largest penalty imposed on any company for marine pollution done deliberately by ship at sea.

As part of the plea agreement, company’s owner Carnival Corporation agreed to submit 78 vessels across its global fleet to a 5-year environmental compliance program. Following the lawsuit, Princess company’s president Jan Swartz published an official apology.

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