Queen Elizabeth accidents and incidents

Queen Elizabeth cruise ship


Length (LOA)
293 m / 961 ft

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CruiseMapper's Queen Elizabeth cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2503-passenger vessel owned by Cunard. Our Queen Elizabeth 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, virus outbreaks, etc.

  • propulsion/power loss - 2018
  • Norovirus - World Cruise 2013 (80+), World Cruise 2014 (80+), World Cruise 2016 (150+)
  • deaths - overboard (2015-tender boat)
  • injuries/crimes - sexual (2012-crew, child molestation)
  • medevacs - 2018
  17 August 2018Propulsion / Power Loss

(CruiseMapper email) On August 17, 2018, the liner experienced engine problems resulting in reduced cruising speed and itinerary changes. Call port Isafjordur (Iceland) was dropped and instead, the ship arrived in Reykjavik (Iceland) earlier than scheduled. Call port Stornoway (Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland) was also canceled and replaced with Killybegs (Ireland).

The accident occurred during 12-day Norway and Iceland cruise (itinerary Aug 10-22) roundtrip from homeport Southampton to Rotterdam, Bergen, Olden, Akureyri, Isafjord (canceled), Reykjavik, Stornoway (canceled) and Belfast.

  04 March 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On March 4, 2018, a 71-year-old female passenger was medevaced from the ship approx 50 ml / 80 km east of Heron Island (Great Barrier Reef). The elderly woman (from the USA) suffered a stroke. She was airlifted by an RACQ Capricorn helicopter crew at 4:15 pm and flown to Rockhampton Hospital in stable condition.

The liner was en-route from Brisbane to Rabaul PNG. The incident occurred during the Cunard World Cruise 2018 from Southampton.

  March 2016Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

In March 2016, a Chinese (Hong Kong) news media reported over 150 passengers and crew on the ship suffering from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea). Another 27 people were quarantined to their cabins as a precautionary measure. The incident occurred during Cunard World Cruise 2016. The ship docked in Hong Kong on March 30 and left the same day for Singapore.

(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.)

  01 April 2015Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On April 1, 2015, a 75-year-old female passenger died after falling overboard from a tender boat. The accident occurred during passenger tendering / boarding operation in call port Sihanoukville Cambodia (Southeast Asia), where the vessel was anchored.

The elderly woman (Mary Atherton, of British origin) was disembarking a tender boat when an unexpected wave caused her to fall. Two crew immediately jumped in the water to rescue her, but the woman was crushed between the boat and the pontoon. She was pronounced dead at the ship’s infirmary. The vessel was on 112-days Cunard World Cruise roundtrip from homeport Southampton England (itinerary Jan 10 to May 2). After this incident, Cunard developed a ramp prototype to bridge the tender-pontoon gap.

  February 2014Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

In February 2014, a UK news media reported 80+ passengers affected by a Norovirus outbreak on the ship. The illness incident happened on Cunard World Cruise 2014 (14-day itinerary segment Singapore to Dubai (Apr 5 to 19). No CDC report was issued.

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.

  March 2013Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

In March 2013, a news media reported 84 passengers (or ~4% of all) suffering from Norovirus. The illness outbreak occurred on a 36-day World Cruise segment in the South Pacific Ocean.

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.

  14 February 2012Crew / Passenger Crimes

(sexual) On February 14, 2012, the UK police arrested a 34-year-old male crew, who was later charged with child molestation and child pornography possession. The man (Paul Trotter, of UK origin) worked for ~5 years as a Youth Counselor on all three Cunard ships – including Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. He was employed to supervise the kids' activities at the ship’s PlayZone (the kids play areas on Spa Deck 10).

During the investigation, on his computer were found films (made by him) showing who he abuses 13 different minor boys.

(law news) On April 20, 2012, the accused admitted he sexually abused at least 13 kids in the period between Nov 2007 and Aug 2011. The man pleaded guilty on 12 counts of sexually assaulting underage children, 1 count of sexual activity with an underage child, and also 5 counts of taking-, 5 counts of making- and 1 count of possessing indecent images of a child.

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