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The Carnival Triumph cruise liner suffered a fire in the engine room in February 2013, which knocked out the ship's engines, electricity and air conditioning. Several of the 3,143 passengers 1,086 crew members on board the ship in the Gulf of Mexico complained of "disgusting" conditions, including sewage sloshing around in hallways, flooded rooms and trouble getting enough to eat.
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Two boats filled with Somali pirates started firing at the Seabourn Spirits cruise liner off the cost of Somalia in 2005. The ship was traveling from from Alexandria in Egypt. The ship's crew used an on-board loud acoustic bang to fool the pirates into thinking those aboard the cruise ship were firing back. None of the The 302 passengers died.
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While sailing between New York City and the Bahamas in 2005, the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship was hit with a 70-foot wave that reached up to deck 10 of the ship. Sixty-two cabins were flooded, and two people suffered minor injuries. Two people also died on the Norwegian Dawn during a cruise in 2011.
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In 2006, on board the Royal Caribbean ship, Mariner of The Seas, a young man named Daniel Dipiero went missing while on a cruise with his friends. Surveillance video arose of him walking alone, severely intoxicated, and falling over the side of the ship. The ship admitted to not monitoring its surveillance cameras, therefore never seeing what happened to Daniel while there was time to act.