How Many People Have Died From a Cruise Ship Sinking?

By Robert Palmer

Cruise ships are often thought of as a luxurious and fun way to travel, but there have been tragic cases where they have sunk, taking the lives of many people with them. The most famous sinking of a cruise ship was the RMS Titanic, which sank in 1912, with the loss of over 1,500 lives.

Since then, there have been numerous other cruise ship sinkings which have resulted in the loss of life. In 1994, the MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea during a storm, resulting in 852 deaths.

In 2002, the MS Queen Elizabeth 2 collided with a barge in New York City Harbour and 148 people died as a result. In 2012, the Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy after hitting rocks, killing 32 people.

More recently in 2018 and 2019 two passenger vessels capsized in separate incidents on Lake Victoria in Tanzania. Both accidents resulted in multiple fatalities with over 200 people dying in total between them. The first accident was due to overcrowding and poor weather conditions while the second was caused by overcrowding and excess cargo being loaded onto the boat.

In addition to these tragedies there have been other cruise ship sinkings that haven’t had such high death tolls or received such media attention. In 2005 for example, 16 people died when a boat capsized off Borneo and 22 people were killed when a boat sank near Indonesia in 2006. Many other smaller vessels carrying tourists to different locations around the world have also sunk resulting in losses of life although exact figures are hard to come by due to lack of coverage or investigations into these events.

Overall it is estimated that since 1912 more than 4 thousand people have died from cruise ship sinkings around the world with many more being injured or missing since then as well. While accidents do happen it is important that safety measures are taken seriously on all vessels so that such tragedies can be avoided as much as possible and passengers can travel safely to their destinations without fear for their safety.


In conclusion, it is estimated that since 1912 more than 4 thousand people have lost their lives due to cruise ship sinkings around the world. This highlights how important it is for safety measures to be taken seriously on all vessels so that accidents can be avoided wherever possible.