Carnival Victory



Year built: 2000

Speed: 23 kn

Passengers: 3,006

Crew: 1,100

102k tons

14 decks


The Carnival Victory currently sails 3 and 4 night Bahamas and Caribbean cruises from Miami, Florida.

March 31, 2016, at 3:00 AM the ship suffered a small fire on service deck 1. The fire was quickly extinquished. No injuries or serious damages were reported. During the accident, the ship was very close to Port Canaveral ending a 4-day Bahamas cruise round-trip to Nassau.

On August 2, 2007, while maneuvering for docking in home port NYC, New York, the vessel struck a pier. The incident caused closure of the 12th Avenue and backups on Henry Hudson Parkway. No injuries were reported. The ship was returning from a round trip 4-day Canada cruise to Saint John NB.

On June 14, 2005, the shipowner Carnival Corporation was fined $65000 because the company didn’t provided the USCG with the names lists and the ship’s ports of call list. Because of this incident, two Carnival ships (Carnival Victory and Carnival Glory) were also not allowed to dock in the call ports Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The operator Carnival Cruise Lines blamed the issue on a “computer glitch”.

On August 18, 2008, the vessel experienced a propulsion system issue. It’s aft thruster unit failed. The ship operates with all six thrusters, 3 fore and 3 aft. The incident occurred when the ship was docked in Manhattan. Engineering crew was sent to fix the problem underway, since the vessel can operate normally even without the failed unit.

On January 17, 2010, a UPS battery charger failed affecting the ship’s emergency lighting. The incident happened during the vessel’s monthly emergency testing. The equipment didn’t provided the 30 min back-up power as required by the international SOLAS regulations. Two Printed Circuit Boards were replaced from the UPS charger.

On January 13, 2013, on a 7-days round trip cruise itinerary from home port of Puerto Rico, departure was delayed by almost a day due to mechanical failure. According to the official announcement, the delay was due to “scheduled maintenance” that took longer than anticipated. In reality, the inconvenience was caused by a propulsion system issue that affected the ship’s cruising speed. All other systems were operational. As compensation, all passengers received $50 per person in on board credit. The propulsion problem was fixed in the itinerary’s first call port St Thomas, where the ship arrived 10 hours late.

On March 28, 2013, while docked in Miami, the ship’s emergency backup generator failed during its weekly-done test. To fix the problem, they added a backup battery and an engineer on standby in the room to monitor the equipment during port maneuvers. On April 1 the ship received a new gearwheel and the crew replaced the damaged one.

On April 22, 2008, a 44-year-old male passenger was reported missing by his wife. He was presumed fallen overboard, northeast of Cozumel Mexico. The ship conducted a search and rescue operation, later joined by USCG assets sent from Clearwater, Florida. The man was last seen at the ship’s casino. His body was never found.

On July 12, 2010, a 14-year-old female passenger was killed ashore in St Thomas. The accident happened on a sponsored Carnival shore excursion to Coki Point Beach, when the open-air safari tour bus was caught in crossfire between warring local gangsters. The girl, a local resident, and one of the gunmen were killed, while a second passenger sustained minor injuries. The shooting incident caused the line to cancel all tours in the area. The murdered girl was touring ashore together with her family. On April 21, 2011, a 22-year-old St Thomas resident was convicted and found guilty on 2 counts of murder.

On October 13, 2013, a 6-year-old male passenger drowned in the Triton’s Pool. The boy’s body was found submerged, next to his brother. Crew’s attempts to resuscitate the boy were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene. When the accident occurred, the ship was docked in call port Cozumel, Mexico, while the ship was operating on a 4-day Mexico cruise itinerary from Miami, Florida. The Lido pool “Triton’s” is the ship’s main swimming pool filled with salt water. It is flanked by 2 whirlpools, and located in front of the “Seaside Theater.”. The drowned boy was from Winter Garden, Florida. Passengers by the pool saw the body motionless under water. The ship’s DJ first saw it, then a passenger helped him to take it out of the pool. The medical staff and dispatched from Miami paramedic crew tried for over 30 min to revive the kid.

On November 3, 2015, a 51-year-old female passenger died ashore during a Grand Turk snorkeling excursion. The incident occurred while the ship was operating on a 5-days Eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary from home port of Miami with call ports Amber Cove, and Grand Turk.

May 13, 2004, disembarkation in Grand Cayman was delayed due to a false bomb threat. The ship search didn’t find any explosives. The crime was traced to an inebriated female passenger, who was arrested and taken into custody by local authorities, and later sent back to the US.

On November 17, 2007, a crew fell overboard at 3:00 AM but was rescued alive. The man worked as a musician on the ship. The incident happened during the second leg of a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary when the ship was en-route to home port of Miami, Florida.

On November 27, 2007, a 12-year-old female passenger was sexually assaulted by a 23-year-old male passenger. The incident occurred at 1:30 AM. After the rape, the minor girl was left drunk and semiconscious in a hallway. According to her grandmother, she was approached the day before by the same man and offered alcohol. When she refused the offer, the man threatened her boyfriend to throw him overboard.

On February 4, 2008, a female passenger reported being raped by a male passenger. The incident occurred in a bathroom at the ship’s disco nightclub. The man was later identified in a photo lineup and arrested. A lawsuit for sexual assault was filed.

On November 7, 2008, two passengers were robbed in Tortola on a Long Bay Beach taxi tour. The incident occurred at 4:30 PM, when an armed Rastafarian man demanded money at gunpoint. After stripping them of all money and valuables, the robber escaped but was later arrested.

On September 25, 2011, a 27-year-old male passenger was arrested in St. Kitts and charged with drug trafficking. The drugs were found inside a backpack he was carrying. The man was traveling together with his brother who was also arrested on charges for conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the US. The incident occurred during a random passengers inspection upon boarding in St. Kitts.

April 23, 2012, two passengers (a male and a female) were arrested on the ship and charged for drug possession. When the ship was docked in St Kitts, cannabis was found during a cabin search conducted by the ship’s security staff and the St Kitts Customs. Both were arrested by local police. After pleading guilty, they were sentenced to pay fines (~US$300 each) or to 30 days in jail. After paying fines they were allowed to board the ship.

On January 23, 2013, a 28-year-old female passenger was allegedly raped in a crew cabin by 2 “upper level” Carnival employees. After the woman reported the incident to the ship’s security, both men insisted it was  consensual sex. The woman admitted she drank a lot that night and didn’t remember how she got in the crew cabin. On February 22, 2014 she filed a lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines asserting claims of negligence and liability for the criminal conducts of its employees. The investigation showed she was drinking with her friends at the ship’s disco nightclub accompanied by Carnival officers and crew. Being small framed she was heavily intoxicated after being served with 2 margaritas, 1 Mojito and 3 double vodkas.

On September 14, 2015, a young female passenger sustained a serious head concussion after falling on the ship. The woman was traveling together with her boyfriend. The incident occurred on embarkation day, while the ship was operating on a 5-days Eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary from home port of Miami, Florida with call ports of Ochos Rios, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman. During the fall she hit her head hard, but was medevaced after 8 hours. During that time she suffered several strokes. Doctors said she may end up partially paralyzed and never walk again.

Carnival ShipsPJ Morrissey