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Ovation Of The Seas accidents and incidents

Ovation Of The Seas cruise ship


Length (LOA)
348 m / 1142 ft

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CruiseMapper's Ovation Of The Seas cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 4819-passenger vessel owned by Royal Caribbean. Our Ovation Of The Seas 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • propulsion/power loss - 2017, 2019
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) - 2017 (200)
  • medevacs - 2017, 2018, 2019 (2)
  18 November 2019Propulsion / Power Loss

On November 18, 2019, at ~7:30 pm, upon leaving Port Wellington NZ (near Steeple Rock), the cruise liner suffered an engine issue resulting in temporary loss of power (and propulsion) and drifting. Luckily, the weather was favorable and two tugboats were quickly dispatched to assist the ship. After ~30 min, the mechanical fault was fixed and the liner was able to continue the voyage as planned.

The accident occurred during 10-day Australia to New Zealand cruise (itinerary Nov 13-23) roundtrip from homeport Sydney NSW and visiting Fiordland NP, Dunedin, Wellington (port stay 11 am - 7 pm), Napier, and Picton.

  25 July 2019Coast Guard Medevacs

On July 25, 2019, a 67-year-old female passenger (suffered symptoms related to a heart attack) was medevaced from the liner navigating approx 23 km (14 mi) west of Port Angeles (Washington, USA). For the emergency rescue operation, the USCG Air Station Port Angeles dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew. The woman was airlifted/hoisted from the ship and flown to Olympic Medical Center (Port Angeles), from where a Life Flight Network aircrew transported her to a hospital in Seattle WA.

Watchstanders at USCG Sector Puget Sound command center received a phone call from cruise ship's Captain at 8:26 pm. For the operation was diverted a flight crew from training in Neah Bay (Makah Reservation, Clallam County WA). The helicopter arrived on the scene ~9 pm.

The incident occurred at the end of 7-day Alaska Glaciercruise (itinerary July 19-26) roundtrip from homeport Seattle to Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria (BC Canada).

  16 June 2019Coast Guard Medevacs

On June 16, 2019, a 5-year-old female passenger (suffering abdominal pains) was medevaced from the liner navigating in Gastineau Channel (between mainland-Alaska and Douglas Island, Alexander Archipelago) en-route from Juneau to Skagway. The cruise ship requested for help at 2:09 pm (June 16). For the operation, the USCG dispatched a 45-ft response boat, which transported the girl and her family back to Juneau (North Douglas Boat Launch) from where they were transported by an ambulance to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

The incident occurred at the beginning of 7-day Alaska Glacier cruise (itinerary June 14-21) roundtrip from homeport Seattle WA to Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria (BC Canada).

  24 October 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On October 24, 2018, a 74-year-old female passenger was medevaced from the liner, approx 50 km (30 ml)  off the coast of Exmouth (Western Australia). Accompanied by her husband, the elderly woman was winched (airlifted) by Bristow Helicopters rescue team) and flown to Port Hedland Hospital for emergency surgery.

The rescue operation was coordinated by AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) and involved one SAR (search and rescue helicopter, 5 crew) dispatched from Perth WA. The air operation was supported by one AMSA Challenger CL604 jet.

The incident occurred during 14-day Asia to Australia repositioning cruise (itinerary Oct 19 - Nov 2) from Singapore to Sydney NSW, with call ports Fremantle WA (Oct 25), Adelaide SA, and Hobart (Tasmania).

  November 2017Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

November-December 2017, during the 14-day Asia to Australia repositioning cruise from Singapore to Sydney NSW (itinerary Nov 23-Dec 7), a Norovirus outbreak affected a total of 195 passengers and crew (or over 3%). The relocation itinerary visited the ports Fremantle, Adelaide and Hobart (Tasmania).

  April 2017Propulsion / Power Loss

On April 2017, due to propulsion problems, the ship had to enter into unscheduled drydock in China for repairs. According to RCI’s official statement, the ship was fully operational and had no manoeuvrability issues. The incident resulted in 2 cancelled cruises (departures April 26 and April 30. The ship experienced the technical issue while operating in Asia, being homeported in Tianjin China for roundtrip 4-, 5- and 6-night itineraries.

  27 January 2017Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

On January 27, 2017, at ~9 pm the ship returned to Hobart Tasmania to offload a 53-year-old female passenger suffering from a chronic illness. The woman was disembarked from the cruise ship (located off Sandy Bay) by one of its tender boats. She was transported to Kings Pier Marina (in Port Hobart) then transported by an ambulance to the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH). The woman was in a stable condition and not critically ill.

The ship left Port Hobart at 5.30 pm (Jan 26) and was en-route back to homeport Sydney Australia on a 6-day Tasmania Cruise (itinerary Jan 23-28) roundtrip from Sydney NSW and visiting only Hobart along the way.

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