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Marella Explorer 2 accidents and incidents

Marella Explorer 2 cruise ship

Former names
SkySea Golden Era, MS Century, Celebrity Century

Length (LOA)
248 m / 814 ft

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CruiseMapper's Marella Explorer 2 cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2177-passenger vessel owned by Marella Cruises. Our Marella Explorer 2 accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • propulsion/power loss - 2019
  • deaths - overboard (2006)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) - 2019 (2% pax)
  • medevacs - 2007

Previously, the vessel was operated under the names MS Century (1995–2008 by Celebrity Cruises), Celebrity Century (2008–2015 by Celebrity Cruises) and SkySea Golden Era (since 2015 by SkySea Cruise Line).

  18 August 2019Propulsion / Power Loss

On August 18, 2019, while navigating in the Adriatic Sea and en-route from Ancona to Venice, the liner suffered a total power loss. The incident resulted in a shipwide lack of electricity (which also affected the vessel's propulsion system) for ~1 hour. Arrival and berthing in Port Venice were delayed.

The accident occurred during 7-day Adriatic Splendours cruise (itinerary Aug 14-21) roundtrip from homeport Naples to Messina (Sicily Island), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Ancona, Venice, and Split (Croatia).

  May 2019Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

On May 14, 2019, the liner docked in Port Olbia (Sardinia Island, Italy) with a Norovirus (gastrointestinal illness) outbreak, with predominant symptoms vomiting and diarrhea. A TUI (shipowner) spokesperson announced that Marella is "working closely with their (TUI's) team to monitor the situation and had implemented additional health and safety procedures on top of already stringent protocols to prevent any further customers falling ill". The current itinerary was not affected and continued as planned. A spokesman for RCCL-Royal Caribbean (joint-venture shipowner / together with TUI) revealed that at the time (May 14) the number of affected passengers accounted for ~2% of all on the ship. Based on vessel's passenger capacity (1800 lower berths) this meant at least 40 people infected with Noro virus.

The incident occurred during the 7-day "Mediterranean Gems" cruise (itinerary May 8-15) roundtrip from homeport Naples and visiting Palamos (Spain), Toulon (France), Livorno (Italy), Civitavecchia (Italy) and Olbia (Sardinia).

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.

  December 2007Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

(Celebrity Century) On December 20, 2007, when returned to Miami Florida from a 17-day itinerary, the ship reported a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) with infected 54 passengers (or 3,2%) and 9 crew (or 1,1%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (predominantly vomiting and diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.

  21 May 2007Coast Guard Medevacs

(Celebrity Century) On May 21, 2007, because of his size, an obese male passenger was medevaced from the ship via helicopter.

The man had a weight of 205 kg (450 pounds). He suffered gastric problems requiring hospitalization. The ship was anchored in Firth of Forth (North Sea) when contacted the Forth Coastguard. When attempts to offload the man into a boat failed, he was first airlifted (via RAF Sea King helicopter), then winched to the boat and transported to the hospital.

  01 November 2006Crew / Passenger Deaths

(Celebrity Century, overboard) On November 1, 2006, a male passenger was reported missing and presumed fell overboard. The accident occurred during the 14-day Transatlantic repositioning crossing (cruise itinerary October 27 - November 13) from Europe to Florida USA (Barcelona to Miami).

On November 3, while crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the ship experienced stormy weather with high seas. A total of 3 passengers sustained injuries and had to be medevaced by the US Navy assault ship USS Wasp.

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