Pacific Princess accidents and incidents

Pacific Princess cruise ship
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Former names
R Three, R3

Length (LOA)
181 m / 594 ft

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CruiseMapper's Pacific Princess cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 804-passenger vessel owned by Princess Cruises. Our Pacific Princess 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • pier collision/allision – 2016 (Nice, France)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2017
  • pollution in Alaska – 2009 (twice)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2004 (57 / 10), 2006-Asia (40 pax), 2007 (20 / 5), 2008 (50 / 6)
  • injuries/crimes – 2016 (crew)
  • boat rescue - 2018 (North Sea)
DateAccident
  26 August 2018Boat Rescue

On August 26, 2018, the cruise liner responded to a distress call for rescuing sailors whose fishing boat sank in North Sea, approx 25 ml (40 km) off Norfolk England's coast. Of all the 5 men, 3 were rescued from a liferaft by the Pacific Princess ship, while the other 2 died. Their bodies were found (near the sunken fishing ship wreckage) by an UK coastguard helicopter deployed to the accident area from Humberside.

The cruise ship lowered a ladder to the surviving fishermen. After 2 hours of searching the area, the liner continued toward Dover. In the search and rescue operation were involved a helicopter, RNLI lifeboats (dispatched from Gorleston), an independent lifeboat (from Caister) and other vessels.

The incident occurred in the end of 8-days Around Britain cruise to Ireland, Scotland and Wales (itinerary Aug 18-26) roundtrip from homeport Dover (England) to Jersey (Channel Islands), Milford Haven, Dublin, and Edinburgh.

  12 August 2017Propulsion / Power Loss

On August 12, 2017, the ship suffered a power failure, so its departure from homeport Dover UK was delayed by ~4 hours. The incident resulted in itinerary changes. The first call port (Jersey, St Helier, Channel Islands) was cancelled. The next call port (Waterford Ireland) was rescheduled (early arrival on Aug 14). The ship was on 8-day Ireland and Scotland cruise (itinerary August 12-20 roundtrip from Dover, also visiting Dublin (Ireland) and Leith-Edinburgh (Scotland).

  14 October 2016Ship Collision / Allision

(pier collision) On October 14, 2016, while navigating in Mediterranean Sea (Europe), the vessel struck a breakwater at Villefranche-sur-Mer (port to Nice, France) in the morning (at ~6 am). According to local news media, firefighters and divers responded after a leak was found in the ship’s mechanical compartment 2.

The accident occurred in rough seas, with strong winds of over 50 mph (80 kph), causing the ship’s portside hull to hit rocks at the harbor’s entrance. Just as the vessel passed the harbor’s opening in the breakwater, a sudden gust of wind hit and skidded it into the breakwater’s wall. The ship was moving under its own power, but docking was assisted by a tug boat. Damage assessment revealed a significant below waterline hull breach that required drydock for repairs.

The cruise was officially cancelled. All passengers were disembarked and accommodated in Nice hotels overnight. On October 15, they were transported via chartered buses to Barcelona (Spain) for their home flights on October 16. The ship was drydock repaired in Genoa Italy.

When the accident occurred, the ship was carrying a total of 669 passengers and 382 crew, on a 12-day itinerary (October 4-16), from Venice to Barcelona, with call ports Dubrovnik, Kotor, Cephalonia Island, Valletta Malta, Livorno, Portofino, Nice (Villefranche-sur-Mer).

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

  14 March 2016Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

On March 14, 2016, a male crew suffered serious injuries after falling down an elevator shaft. The man was found unconscious. On March 16, he was medevaced on a boat and transported via helicopter to a hospital in Mumbai India (the nearest port along the itinerary). The ship was on 17-day "World Cruise 2016” segment from Hong Kong to Dubai (itinerary March 1-18) visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Colombo, Mangalore, Muscat.

  2009Sea Pollution

In 2009, the vessel was reported and fined twice for pollution, violating the Alaskan wastewater quality standard for copper. Wastewater tests (conducted on Sept 1 and Oct 23) showed copper concentration levels higher than the allowed norms.

  January 2008Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

December-January 2008, CDC reported on the voyage Dec 15 to Jan 10, a Norovirus outbreak affected 50 passengers (out of 642, or 7,8%) and 6 crew (out of 369, or 1,6%).

  June 2007Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

June 2007, the ship reported on the 10-day Hawaiian cruise (itinerary May 27 - June 6), a total of 20 passengers (or 3% of all) and 5 crew (or 1,3% of all) suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours.

  June 2006Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

June 2006 (Southeast Asia), unofficially was reported a Norovirus outbreak on the ship with infected 40 passengers (or 5,9% of all – no data for infected drew). 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.

  July 2004Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

July 2004, CDC reported on the voyage July 25 to Aug 17, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 57 passengers (out of 618, or 9,2%) and 10 crew (out of 384, or 2,6%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, but predominantly diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours.

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