Marella Discovery accidents and incidents

Marella Discovery cruise ship

Former names
Splendour of the Seas, TUI Discovery

Length (LOA)
264 m / 866 ft

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CruiseMapper's Marella Discovery cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2074-passenger vessel owned by Marella Cruises. Our Marella Discovery 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • fire – 2015
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2005 (135 / 12)
  • deaths – overboard (2014), 2018 (on diving tour in St Kitts)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard/rescued (2014), 2015 (crew drug bust), 2015 (21 with smoke inhalation during the fire)

Previously, the vessel was operated under the names Splendour of the Seas (1995-2016 by Royal Caribbean), TUI Discovery (2016-2017 by Thomson Cruises/ now Marella Cruises) and Marella Discovery (since 2017).

  12 April 2018Crew / Passenger Deaths

On April 12, 2018, at !10:30 am, while the ship was docked at call port Basseterre (St Kitts), a 65-year-old male passenger died ashore. Together with his wife, the British man (Michael Henry Dunn) was on a snorkeling excursion in Shitten Bay.

Reportedly, while on the dive tour he surfaced gasping for air. He was taken on the tour boat and the crew administered CPR. The boat returned to Port Zante where was met by an ambulance; Unfortunately, the man was not breathing and at the hospital pronounced dead.

The incident occurred during 7-day Caribbean cruise ("Paradise Islands" itinerary April 8-15) roundtrip from homeport Bridgetown Barbados to St Maarten, Tortola, St Kitts, Antigua, St Vincent.

  06 April 2017Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

(TUI Discovery) On April 6, 2017, horrified passengers from the Thomson cruise ship witnessed the killing of 2 orcas (aka killer whales) off St Vincent Island's coast. During the incident, the cruise ship was docked in call port Port Elizabeth (Bequia Island, Grenadines).

In responce to the incident, Thomson Cruises cancelled all its whale and dolphin watching tours on the island,

The cruise passengers, while on a Fantasea Tours boat (whale and dolphin excursion), first sighted a pod of 4 orcas. Followed a bloody tragedy as 3 fishermen (on a local fishing boat) slaughtered 2 of the whales with a modified shotgun (bow-mounted harpoon).

Note: St Vincent and Grenadines is one of the world's few countries where the whaling practice is still legal. It is permitted by the International Whaling Commission as part of a clause allowing "whaling on otherwise protected animals when it is conducted by certain indigenous people to satisfy subsistence needs".

  22 October 2015Fire Accident

(Splendour of the Seas) On October 22, 2015, at ~8 am, the vessel experienced an engine room fire accident that lasted for ~2 hours. Fire was contained and extinquished by the onboard fire suppression system. During that time, the ship lost power and was drifting at sea. All passengers from cabin decks 2 and 3 were mustered to lifeboat stations, with their life jackets on.

The incident resulted in reduced cruising speed (running on 1 engine only) and itinerary change (call port Argostoli Greece was dropped). Serious smoke damages suffered crew areas (on service deck 1) and public areas and passenger cabins on the two lower decks (2 and 3). Royal Caribbean officially reported 1 passenger and 20 crew members suffering from smoke inhalation. They were treated at the onboard infirmary and later released.

Unofficially, passengers on board reported intense smell of burning rubber and plastic throughout the whole ship, and that decks 2-3 were completely evacuated due to “choking smoke”.

The incident occurred while the ship was en-route from Mykonos to Argostoli (Kefalonia island) on 7-day Eastern Mediterranean / Greek Isles cruise (itinerary Oct 17-24) roundtrip from homeport Venice Italy with call ports in Montenegro (Kotor) and Greece (Corfu, Piraeus-Athens, Mykonos, Argostoli).

  22 March 2015Drug Smuggling

(Splendour Of The Seas) On March 22, 2015, while the ship was docked in Buenos Aires Argentina, local police arrested two male crew (a Croatian and a Chilean in origin). They were charged for drug smuggling of a total 15,8 kilos of cocaine. Both men had drugs taped to their bodies, some hidden in a backpack. The large quantity of drugs was found in their cabins using 8 sniffer dogs. The drugs worth was ~EUR 1 million. The ship had arrived in Buenos Aires from Punta del Este, on scheduled Transatlantic repositioning crossing from Brazil to Europe.

  13 June 2014Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

(Splendour Of The Seas / overboard) On June 13, 2014, the ship was on 7-night Mediterranean cruise (itinerary June 7-14) roundtrip from homeport Venice to Greece and Turkey when a male passenger jumped overboard. The vessel sharply turned (listed badly). A rescue boat was lowered and the man (in his 20s) was successfully rescued. He was traveling together with his parents and brother.

Investigation showed the extremely inebriated young man first tried to start a fire. Security was called, and when they arrived he ran and jumped over the railing at ~4:30 am (June 13). The code “Oscar” 9 (man overboard) was called out by the security staff. The man was held in the infirmary until the arrival in Venice.

  07 February 2014Crew / Passenger Deaths

(Splendour Of The Seas / overboard) On February 7, 2014, a 47-year-old male passenger jumped overboard and died when the ship was in Uruguayan waters. The body was recovered. The man (of Brazilian origin) was in a life jacket when jumped from Deck 7 into the water.

  06 April 2011Structural and Technical Issues

(Splendour Of The Seas) On April 6, 2011, the ship arrived as scheduled in call port Gibraltar (UK territory), but the Captain decided not to disembark passengers due to safety reasons (high waves). The port was left ~3 hours later due to problems with the vessel’s refueling.

  November 2005Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

(Splendour Of The Seas) In November 2005, CDC reported on itinerary Nov 12 to 26, a major Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected a total of 135 passengers (out of 1592, or 8,5%) and 12 crew (out of 729, or 1,7%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (symptoms (headache, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours. The ship was on 14-day cruise from homeport Galveston Texas.

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