The Scariest Things That Have Ever Happened On Cruise Ships
Cruise ships first became a luxurious activity in the modern world in the 1800s, and ever since, the idea of sailing around to beautiful destinations has been extremely attractive to people. Tourists will save thousands of dollars to get on a cruise ship full of games, parties, and food, and sail to incredible destinations such as the Caribbean or Norway. Even though it seems like nothing could ruin such a relaxing vacation, horrific situations happen on cruise ships frequently.
Over the past two centuries, there have been hundreds of reports of cruise ships sinking, passengers getting sick, crime, and other scary happenings that have resulted in thousands of deaths. You know how fun cruises can be, so join in as we explore the frightening side of these massive ships, including some of the scariest things that have ever happened on cruise ships!
A Woman Lost Life-sustaining Equipment
Passengers Were Left In A War Zone
A Passenger Got Stabbed
The Horrific Events Surrounding the MV Wilhelm Gustloff
Extreme Health Issues On A Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship
The Viking Sky Cruise Ship Was Stranded
Not only did the cruise ship lose power, but due to chaotic weather, there were also cabins that flooded on the ship and giant windows that shattered. Over 1,300 passengers were on this ship, and 20 of them sustained injuries before over half of them were air-rescued. Luckily, all of the people were saved after the cruise ship was able to safely dock.
The RMS Titanic
Passengers Were Left At An Airport
Passengers Were Aboard A Criminal Cruise Ship
One of a passenger's worst nightmares is being stranded on a cruise ship that is wanted by the government. In January 2022, the Crystal Symphony went off-route in order to dodge the police after they were expecting the ship at a Miami dock.
The SS Morro Castle Fire
A Cruise Ship Was Almost Damaged By A Rocket
Pictured below is a cruise ship that belongs to the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and all of the passengers who were aboard this ship faced immense danger after the captain sailed the cruise ship into an exclusion zone. The Harmony of the Seas ended up interfering with Elon Musk's rockets after the crew failed to follow directions.
A Horrifying Virus Spread
When the coronavirus erupted in 2020, some passengers were still on their cruise and were enjoying their vacation. In February 2020, passengers on the Diamond Princess were shocked and terrified when they found out that they would have to quarantine in Japan because of the rapid spread of the virus.
There Was A Death Caused By An Elevator
One family experienced a traumatic event after they saw a flow of blood pouring from an elevator while they were making their way to a luxurious cruise ship dinner. This event happened in December 2015 during a cruise provided by the Carnival Cruise Line.
Terrorists Attacked A Cruise Ship
Nowadays, terrorists will attack people on land or in the seas, so there is always a risk that cruise ships could be attacked while people are enjoying their dream vacation. In March 2015, passengers were terrified after a group of vacationers were shot at by a group of criminals.
Passengers Had To Avoid Hurrican Irene
Cruise ships are phenomenal, although vacations can be rapidly cut short if the weather turns into a terrifying storm. In 2011, passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship became scared once it was announced that they would have to get off at the next port, with no negotiations.
The Thomson Majesty Disaster
In February 2013, the vacationers who were on board the Thomson Majesty experienced a scary event when the crew members were performing routine maintenance and check-ups. The cruise ship was docked at a port in the Canary Islands, and passengers watched a frightening event unfold.
450 Passengers Died After Horrible Weather Arrived
When people pay thousands of dollars to go on a cruise, they oftentimes can't check to see how the weather will be because the vacation is planned far in advance. With this in mind, some vacationers could unexpectedly be in danger if a storm arrives while they are on the cruise ship.
The Carnival Sunshine Rocked Too Hard
When gigantic cruise ships are built, there are multiple pieces of stabilizing equipment that are installed to keep the boat steady while it cruises through massive waves. In October 2018, passengers on a cruise experienced what happens if those stabilizers malfunction!
A Man Vanished While On The Cruise Ship
Cruise ships can host thousands of people depending on their size, but since everyone is in one space, it's hard to imagine how a person could go missing on a cruise ship. Terrifyingly enough, a man disappeared on a cruise ship in 2005 while on a honeymoon.
The Carnival Dream Had No Plumbing
An Ocean Fog Ruined A Vacation On The Norwegian Spirit
Oftentimes, cruise vacations are interrupted by terrifying events such as boat damage, plumbing issues, or machine malfunctions, but you don't usually hear about a vacation getting ruined by fog! This was the case in 2019 when a cruise ship had to stop until an extreme fog passed.
500 People Got A Stomach Disease
32 People Died on The Costa Concordia
A Carnival Cruise Ship Was Robbed
A Cruise Ship Got Stuck In A Hurricane
Passengers Died After A Volcano Erupted
Different cruise ships like to diversify the market and take passengers to places they never thought imaginable, and this was the case when a cruise ship took a group of people to White Island in New Zealand, which contains an active volcano.
A Cruise Ship Was Attacked By Pirates
A Vacation Was Ruined
A plethora of scary events could occur on a cruise ship, and one of the basic fears is to have your cruise ruined. During a voyage on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in September 2018, passengers had their vacation ruined when a crowd was so rowdy that the company issued refunds to the peaceful vacationers.
A Passenger On The MSC Cruise Ship Was Stabbed
The MTS Oceanos Disaster
A Cruise Ship Turned Into A Fight Arena
In February 2018, everyone on the Carnival cruise ship, Legend, was having a wonderful time until events took a turn for the worse while docking on the Australian coast. While on the Australian coast, a massive fight broke out that resulted in 23 people being evacuated from the cruise.
Nearly 50 People Became Extremely Ill On A Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship
A Couple Died Together In Their Cabin
In 2016, a married couple decided to take a cruise run by International Expeditions in April to experience a wonderful vacation. Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse when the couple ended up dying shortly into their cruise through the Amazon River.
There Was A Waterline Break On The Carnival Dream
A Man Lost A Limb While On Vacation
There are countless operations on a cruise ship, from maintenance to entertainers, restaurants, and medical centers. Some of these operations are well-staffed with knowledgeable people, although this was not the case in 2016 on the Norwegian Breakaway.
A Passenger Fell Off A Ship In 2015
A Storm Ruined A Vacation
Over the decades, cruise ships have gotten adventurous and even gone as far as to sail out to Antarctica, although some ships stopped doing this after the cruise ship, Clelia II got caught in a horrific storm while going from Antarctica to Argentina.
A Passenger Risked Their Life
Occasionally, some of the scariest things to happen on a cruise ship are intentional, and this was the case for a man who was aboard a cruise ship belonging to the Carnival Cruise Line. While on the ship, the man thought that it was a good idea to dive off the boat and into the water.
The Carnival Triumph Lost A Diesel Generator
There Was A Mysterious Death On A Princess Cruise Ship
Glass Exploded On A Louis Cruise Lines Ship
You have heard frightening stories of waves crashing through the cruise ship's windows, but it is uncommon for these smashing waves to result in human deaths. In the 1990s, a Louis Cruise Line ship was sailing to Italy when disaster struck.
There Were Deaths During A Lifeboat Drill
A Water Disaster Occurred
Pictured below is a luxurious pool on a gigantic cruise ship, and these are common nowadays if you go on a cruise. It looks inviting and fun, but for the people who were on a Carnival cruise ship in 2016, they will be forever haunted by pools on a cruise ship.
The MS Explorer Hit An Iceberg
On November 23, 2007, the cruise ship, MS Explorer, experienced a tragic event when the party boat sank after it hit an iceberg in the Antarctic Ocean. This cruise ship was one of the first to sail in these icy waters and one of the first to sink in them.
The passengers panicked once the MS Explorer hit an iceberg in the Antarctic Ocean, although the captain was able to act swiftly and everyone on the vessel was recused from the disaster.
A Child Lost An Eye
Cruise ships are loads of fun, but with the great activities and features come many types of dangers, especially for little kids. If children are not watched closely, they could easily become injured, and this was the case for a particular child when they were on a cruise ship.
During one incident on a cruise ship, an unsupervised child accidentally ran into a ball valve handle and ended up losing his eye because of how hard he smacked into it, which is a parent's worst nightmare!
The SS Eastland Disaster
Perhaps the most frightening part of this story is that the disaster, which caused over 800 deaths, could have been prevented because the designers knew there was a flaw in the boat design, yet, decided not to fix it.
An Anchor Was Dropped
If an anchor is dropped on a moving cruise ship, countless disasters could occur, so when Rick Ehlert, a passenger on a cruise ship dropped the anchor on a Holland America ship, he was arrested for public endangerment.
Rick was drunk when he decided to drop the anchor on the Holland America cruise ship, the Ryndam. The passenger had done this in the early hours of the morning, and he was escorted off the ship and arrested for his actions.
A Ship Left Without The Passengers
One of the biggest fears that a passenger has while being on a cruise is getting left behind at a dock, especially when they are in a foreign country, don't speak the language, and don't have any of their belongings with them.
The Chaotic Weather That The Norwegian Dawn Encountered
In April 2005, the passengers aboard the Norwegian Dawn became terrified when a wave as high as a seven-story building crashed into their cruise ship while they were sailing from the Bahamas to New York.