Marella Discovery 2 accidents and incidents

Marella Discovery 2 cruise ship

Former names
TUI Discovery 2, Legend of the Seas

Length (LOA)
264 m / 866 ft

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CruiseMapper's Marella Discovery 2 cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2198-passenger vessel owned by Marella Cruises. Our Marella Discovery 2 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, virus outbreaks, etc.

  • fire - 2012 (Royal Promenade)
  • propulsion/power loss - 2009, 2015, 2018
  • injuries/crimes - 2003 (bomb threat), sexual (2003, 2006), 2017 (crew)
  • illness - 2005 (Legionnaires’ Disease)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) - 2015 (135 / 7)
  • 2010 - rescue operation in Taiwan

The vessel was renamed from “Legend of the Seas” in 2017 and transferred from Royal Caribbean International to Thomson (Marella Cruises) UK.

  14 May 2018Propulsion / Power Loss

On May 14, 2018, the ship suffered an engine failure while navigating in Guidecca Canal (Venice, Italy). near Palazzo Ducale and San Marco Basilica. The liner remained disabled for about 30 min, then assisted by 3 tugboats it berthed at the terminal.

The accident occurred while the ship was leaving Venice bound for Split Croatia, on 7-day "Adriatic Explorer Cruise" (itinerary May 11-18) roundtrip from homeport Corfu Greece to Kerkyra, Koper, Venice, Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor.

  10 April 2018Other Incidents

On February 15, 2018, Marella Cruises emailed all passengers booked on the Transatlantic repositioning crossing (repositioning cruise itinerary April 10-28, from Montego Bay Jamaica to Palma de Mallorca, Spain) about major itinerary changes. Due to port congestion (berth double-booking/official version), call ports Havana Cuba, Nassau Bahamas, and Lisbon Portugal had to be dropped.

Unofficially was reported, that the reason for the 3 ports cancellation was a USA cruise line to which was given priority docking in Havana (on April 12, at Sierra Maestra Terminal). The other berth booking for April 12 was made by Royal Caribbean for the ship Empress of the Seas.

As compensation, all Marella Cruises passengers received GBP 25 in onboard credit.

  25 January 2017Coast Guard Medevacs

(Legend Of The Seas) On January 25, 2017, a 20-year-old female crew sustained a spinal injury (lower back fracture) “while performing her regular duties” (RCI statement). The incident occurred around midnight, while the ship was in New Zealand (South Island’s east coast, approx 32 km / 20 mi southeast of Cape Campbell) and en-route to Brisbane Australia.

Maritime NZ (maritime safety authority) dispatched a rescue helicopter to the scene (at Clifford Bay’s southern end, near Blenheim). The woman was airlifted from the ship by a response team equipped with night-vision goggles. The operation took ~20 min. She was flown to Wellington Hospital in a stable condition. The cruise ship was on 14-night New Zealand cruise (itinerary Jan 15-29) roundtrip from homeport Brisbane.

  02 November 2015Propulsion / Power Loss

(Legend Of The Seas) On November 2, 2015, during the 10-day Asian cruise (itinerary Oct 31 – Nov 10) from Hong Kong China to Singapore, the ship experienced a mechanical issue (engine or propulsion) resulting in serious vibrations and itinerary change (call port Keelung Taiwan was dropped). The incident started during rough sea, but the strong vibrations continued on the following days. Passengers reported their beds shaking and even making their drinks slosh at Viking Crown Lounge (deck 11).

  April 2015Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

(Legend Of The Seas) April 2015, CDC reported on itinerary March 30 to April 14, Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected a total of 135 passengers (out of 1746, or 7,7%) and 7 crew (out of 748, or 0,9%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (headache, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours. The ship was on 14-day Panama Canal relocation cruise from Fort Lauderdale Florida to San Diego California.

  20 January 2012Fire Accident

(Legend Of The Seas) On January 20, 2012, in the Royal Promenade area, a parade was just started, when the alarm sounded and was publicly announced that the bar “Cafe Promenade” was on fire. The ship was en-route to homeport Southampton, England.

  18 October 2010Boat Rescue

(Legend Of The Seas) On October 18, 2010, the ship was en-route from Taiwan to Hong Kong, navigating in rough seas. The 14-night Asian cruise itinerary started on Oct 7 from Tianjin China. While in Taiwan Strait, the ship received a distress call from the cargo vessel “Xin Yi”(Monday, 10:20 pm). The cargo ship was taking on water and sinking.

The Royal Caribbean ship marked the freighter’s position, turned around and arrived there first (Tuesday 12:15 am) just to witness how the vessel sunk. The crew started search and rescue operations, joined later by Taiwan Coast Guard assets (boats and a helicopter). During the 12 hours effort, the Royal Caribbean ship rescued 3 crew and assisted in rescuing another 9 crew. Still, 10 crew members from the sunk ship remained missing.

  09 February 2009Propulsion / Power Loss

(Legend Of The Seas) On February 9, 2009, the ship docked in call port Key West Florida due to malfuction of one of its Azipods (propulsion units /aka “azimuth thrusters”). The unit was leaking oil into the water. The vessel remained moored there until the evening, when repairs were completed, then continued on the scheduled itinerary.

  29 January 2006Crew / Passenger Crimes

(Legend Of The Seas / sexual) On January 29, 2006, a 34-year-old crew (of Colombian origin, working as bartender) was arrested when the ship docked in Tampa Florida. The arrest was on charges for attempted rape of a 22-year-old female passenger. The woman was pulled in a dark room, but managed to escape. The offender was held in the brig until the arrival in Port Tampa.

  27 June 2005Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

(Legend Of The Seas) On June 27, 2005, while the ship was at sea, a male passenger got very sick. He was suffering from Legionnaires’ Disease symptoms (type of pneumonia), including fever, chills, cough, headache, ataxia. When the ship docked in Barcelona Spain, the man was disembarked and ambulanced to a hospital. The cruise ship was quarantined in Barcelona for an extra day.

  07 June 2003Crew / Passenger Crimes

(Legend Of The Seas / sexual) On June 7, 2003, a 41-year-old male crew (working on the ship as “Food & Beverage Manager” was arrested in Seward AK. He charged for sexually assaulting (on June 5) a 22-year-old female crew.

  23 April 2003Crew / Passenger Crimes

(Legend Of The Seas) On April 23, 2003, a 20-year-old female passenger was arrested in Honolulu Hawaii. She was accused of planting threatening notes that led to an FBI search for weapons on the ship. The young woman hoped the voyage will be cancelled so she could go home early. Due to this incident, the cruise itinerary was changed, skipping port Hilo and shortening Kona port's stay.

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