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Orient Queen accidents and incidents

Orient Queen cruise ship

Former names
Med Queen, Vistamar

Length (LOA)
121 m / 397 ft

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CruiseMapper's Orient Queen cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 330-passenger vessel owned by Abou Merhi Cruises (Small Cruise Lines). Our Orient Queen 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • allision - 2003 (underwater rocks near Ibiza, Balearic Islands Spain)

Previously, the vessel was operated under the names Vistamar (19880-2012), Med Queen (2016-2017 by Merhi Cruises) and Orient Queen (since 2018 by Abou Merhi Cruises).

  13 December 2008Pirates / Terrorist Attacks

(MS Vistamar) On December 13, 2008, due to possible pirate attacks, the ship disembarked all its passengers and part of the crew in Port Aden (Yemen) before passing through the Gulf of Aden. The passengers spent 3 days on land, visiting Yemen on complimentary shore excursions.

  15 May 2003Ship Collision / Allision

(MS Vistamar) On May 15, 2003, the ship hit underwater rocks near Ibiza Island (homeport Ibiza Town). The vessel sustained hull damages and was towed by tugboats back to the harbour, where all passengers and crew were disembarked.

The 12-day Mediterranean cruise (itinerary May 15-27) roundtrip from Ibiza and the following 2 scheduled itineraries were cancelled. Following drydock repairs, the ship resumed service in mid-July.

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

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