Royal Princess accidents and incidents

Royal Princess cruise ship


Length (LOA)
330 m / 1083 ft

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CruiseMapper's Royal Princess cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 4272-passenger vessel owned by Princess Cruises. Our Royal Princess 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 – 2013 (twice), 2015 (tender boat)
  • events – 2014 (4-part ITV1 documentary series “The Cruise Ship”)
  • deaths – 2016 (Aruba snorkeling), 2018 (murder)

This vessel is the third one carrying this exact name. It was preceded by a 1984-built ship (currently MV Artania) and a 2001-built ship (currently Azamara Pursuit).

  13 November 2018Crew / Passenger Deaths

(murder) November 13, 2018, while the ship was en-route from Curacao to Aruba, a 52-year-old female passenger (US citizen) fell overboard (from Lido Deck 16), struck a lifeboat (unit number 2) and was found dead on Promenade Deck 7. The accident occurred around 4 am, during 8-day Southern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Nov 9-17) roundtrip from homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) to Willemstad (Curacao), Oranjestad (Aruba) and Kralendijk (Bonaire).

In Oranjestad, Aruba police officers boarded the ship for investigation of "possible murder". Passenger were alerted via PA announcement at ~4:30 am, requiring security crew response to Deck 7 (underneath lifeboat 2). After docking in Oranjestad at 8 am (Nov 13), via second announcement ship's Captain informed about crime investigators boarding and that no one is allowed to disembark until the ship is cleared.

Ship's security provided the police with video footage. Deck's CCTV cameras captured the moment in which the woman was pushed overboard. According to Aruba media sources, a “muscular” man struggled with the woman, suddenly started to choke her, then pushed her over the railing. She fell several decks and landed on top of the lifeboat. FBI started investigating the death of the woman.

  03 December 2016Crew / Passenger Deaths

On December 3, 2016, a 64-year-old male passenger died ashore while snorkeling in Aruba. The man (Martin Brutosky, from NYC, New York) was traveling together with his wife. The ship was on 15-day Caribbean cruise (itinerary Nov 26 – Dec 10) from homeport Fort Lauderdale FL.

The accident occurred in the afternoon, while the ship was docked in St Johns Antigua. During the Stingray City snorkeling tour, the woman allerted the police after noticing that her husband stopped moving after being ~10 min in the water. She brought him to the surface and called for help. One of the tourboat's staff administered CPR, but the man remained unresponsive. He was ambulanced to Jumby Bay, then to Mount St John Medical Centre where was pronounced dead.

  18 May 2015Structural and Technical Issues

On May 18, 2015, the ship reported one of its all 11 tender boats (used for ship to shore passenger transportation) experienced a power loss.

  May 2014Other Incidents

In May 2014, MS Royal Princess was featured in a 4-part documentary series aired in prime time on ITV1 in May. The documentary (named “The Cruise Ship”) was filmed onboard the ship. The series showed a behind the scenes look at the crew’s daily routines and also interviews with Princess cruise passengers.

Similar 6-part documentary (named “The Cruise”) was filmed onboard the fleetmate and sistership Regal Princess and was screened at prime time on ITV in March 2016.

In both documentaries the Princess cruise company had no editorial control over the production.

  31 March 2014Structural and Technical Issues

(mooring) On March 31, 2014, the vessel was docked in homeport San Francisco CA, when a heavy storm caused its mooring lines to snap. The incident occurred at ~1 pm. Port authorities were called for assistance. Similar incident affected the Cunard liner Queen Victoria (also berthed there). After the Cunard ship broke its mooring ropes, it began listing to starboard / towards San Francisco Bay.

  22 September 2013Propulsion / Power Loss

On September 22, 2013, the ship was navigating in Mediterranean Sea (Europe) on a 12-day cruise from Venice to Barcelona (itinerary Sept 15 to 27). While en-route from Mykonos Greece to Naples Italy, the vessel experienced a total power loss. The  incident occurred at ~1:30 pm, and lasted for ~3,5 hours.

During the power outage, the ship’s emergency generators provided power for all the passenger services on board. It was reported that prior to the power outage, the anchor motor failed, leaving 90 ft / 27 m of anchor to hang out. It took the crew ~4 hours to replace the motor with a new one.

Princess Cruises decided to cancel the second leg on the cruise, dropping all the remaining call ports along the itinerary (Civitavecchia-Rome, Livorno, Toulon). After late arrival in Naples, the cruise company (covering all travel expenses) flew the passengers back home with flights leaving from Naples and also from Rome.

After Naples, the ship continued directly to Barcelona, with the crew doing repair works on the way. The next departure (Barcelona to Venice) was according to schedule. During the accident, the ship had a total of 3594 passengers and 1336 crew. As compensation, all passengers received full refund, plus 25% future Princess cruise booking discount.

  20 August 2013Propulsion / Power Loss

On August 20, 2013, at ~9:30 pm, after leaving call port Piraeus-Athens (Greece), the ship experienced a power outage for ~5 min. After the lights came back, the Captain announced that the vessel lost a power generator and that the emergency generator’s power output will be prioritarily used by the navigation and propulsion systems.

After the announcement, the lighting went out again, then after ~10 min it was back on. The Captain made another announcement that ship will reduce speed in order to save power for the hotel services. This lasted for ~30 min until the problem was fixed. Then power was restored and the ship regained its normal cruising speed.

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