Which Cruise Ship Has the Most Deaths?

By Robert Palmer

Cruise ships have become an increasingly popular way for people to travel around the world. With more people choosing to go on a cruise, it’s important to know which cruise ship has the most deaths.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer as records of cruise ship fatalities are often not reported or are not easily accessible. However, some research can be done to determine which ships have had the most fatalities.

One of the most well-known cruise ship disasters is that of the Costa Concordia in 2012. The Italian cruise liner struck rocks off the coast of Tuscany and sank with over 4,000 passengers and crew on board. 32 people lost their lives in this tragedy and it was one of the deadliest maritime disasters of modern times.

Another example is the Seabourn Spirit in 2005. The Mediterranean cruise liner was attacked by Somali pirates who attempted to hijack the vessel but were ultimately unsuccessful. One passenger was killed and several were injured during this incident.

The MS World Discoverer also experienced a tragedy in 2000 when it ran aground off the Solomon Islands. The ship experienced a major power failure as it sailed through uncharted waters, leading to a total loss of control and eventually running aground on a reef. All on board were rescued but four crew members died during evacuation attempts.

Finally, there is also the case of MS Explorer which sank off Antarctica in 2007 after it struck an iceberg. All 154 passengers and crew were safely evacuated but tragically one passenger lost their life during disembarkation.


While it is impossible to definitively state which cruise ship has had the most deaths, some research indicates that Costa Concordia, Seabourn Spirit, MS World Discoverer and MS Explorer have all experienced tragedies that resulted in multiple fatalities. It is important for anyone considering taking a cruise to be aware of these incidents and take necessary precautions before embarking on their journey.