READ The Worst Cruise Ship Disasters  

Katherine Ripley
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A cruise is supposed to be a week of rest, relaxation, and adventure, but for the people on the cruises on this list, it was a nightmare. This list is full of the worst cruise ship disasters in history, from disease outbreaks, to power outages, to shipwrecks. Injuries and fatalities abound.

After you read this list, you'll probably think twice about going on that cruise to the Caribbean next winter. Disasters like these are, statistically, not that common. But still, you would not want to be stuck on any of these unfortunate maritime adventures.

Titanic: Hit an Iceberg


Titanic: Hit an Iceberg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Cruise Ship Disasters
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Though Titanic wasn't technically a cruise ship, its demise is the worst maritime accident in history. The ship, which was supposed to be unsinkable, hit an iceberg and went under. About 1,500 people died.

Costa Concordia: Ran Aground


Costa Concordia: Ran Aground is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Cruise Ship Disasters
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In January 2012, the Costa Concordia ran aground on a reef off the coast of Italy and tipped over. Thirty-two passengers died, 64 were injured, and one was missing and never found. It took a year and eight months to get the ship upright again, and another ten months to get it back to the port to be dismantled. It's the most expensive cruise ship disaster in history.

S. S. Eastland: Tipped Over At Port


S. S. Eastland: Tipped Over At... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Cruise Ship Disasters
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The S. S. Eastland was also not technically a cruise ship, but it was hosting more than 2,500 passengers for Western Electric's employee picnic. The ship tipped over while it was still at the edge of the wharf, though it isn't clear why. Over 800 people died in the accident.

Seabourn Spirits: Attacked By Pirates


Seabourn Spirits: Attacked By ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Cruise Ship Disasters
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In 2005, Seabourn Spirits was attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia. Two boats of pirates approached the ship and fired machine guns and grenades. The ship's captain was able to outrun them, and thankfully only one person on board was injured. The ship made it to port to repair the damage from the grenades.