MS Amsterdam

MS Amsterdam
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MS Amsterdam cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9188037, owned by Holland America Line (a Carnival Corporation brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are fire, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Amsterdam position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 62,750-ton 1380-passenger Holland America cruise ship Amsterdam was built in 2000 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

MS Amsterdam accidents & incidents

MS Amsterdam accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the MS Amsterdam CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Holland America ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents. Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and USCG (Coast Guard) reports.

Here we also post updates on Holland America Amsterdam cruise law news. They are related to recent crimes being investigated. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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This is link to the ship’s official site HollandAmerica.com.

Technical incidents

  • February 2, 2005, the ship operated in South America on an itinerary which also included visiting the Falkland Islands and the call port Port Stanley. Via its tender boats, the vessel offloaded a total of 936 passengers and also 63 crew for shore exploration, with a departure planned for 5 pm. At ~1 pm, weather conditions started to worsen progresively, making the shore-to-ship tendering operations impossible. The ship had to leave all its passengers ashore overnight. They found themselves stranded in a small town with only two small-capacity hotels. Local authorities had to convert in temporary shelter the Defence Force’s drill hall and a school gymnasium to accommodate all the people from the ship. When in the morning on the next day weather conditions improved, they all were tendered back to the ship.
  • November 8, 2011, the vessel reported a fire in its incinerator room, caused by a hydraulic unit malfunction. The incident occurred at ~3:45 am, and the fire was extinquished by ~4:30 am. No injuries or damages were reported.
  • January 28, 2016, in Rarotonga (Cook Islands) one of the ship’s tender boats transporting 90 passengers to the beach ran aground (struck a reef). The boat was moving into the passage way when a wave pushed it onto the reef. Another tender tried to pull it off, but failed. Local Port Authority send a tugboat from Avatiu to assist the tender. The incident resulted in cancellation of all afternoon tours on the island.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • February 19, 2006, a 30-year-old male crew was reported missing and presumed fell overboard. The incident happened when the ship was en-route from homeport San Diego CA to Hawaii, ~1100 ml / 1770 km northeast of call port Hilo. The ship conducted a search operation (later joined by USCG assets), but it was unsuccessful in finding the body. The accident also caused ~1 day late arrival in San Diego.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • October 30, 2015 (law news), a Seattle WA court jury awarded USD 21,5 million to a Holland America Amsterdam cruise passenger who suffered a serious brain injury in a 2011 accident. The lawsuit was filed by Carol Hausman on the behalf of her husband James Hausman (both of US origin). In 2011, they and their daughter were traveling together on an Around The World cruising vacation, when on November 26 he sustained a head trauma after an automatic glassdoor on the Lido Deck 8 struck him on the temple. The man was diagnosed with mild TBA (“traumatic brain injury”, classified as mild as the loss of consciousness is shorter than 30 min) and “post-concussion syndrome” (complex disorder lasting for a long period of time). Their lawyers contended that similar sliding door incidents have injured over 30 other passengers across HAL’s fleet in the period 2008-2011. Mrs Hausman testified that following the cruise incident, her husband started having problems with his balance, suffering from dizziness, severe headaches and fatigue, eventually becoming debilitated and selling over 80% of his successful business in Springfield Illinois.
  • June 18, 2017, a 79-year-old male passenger with stroke-related symptoms was medevaced off the coast of Tofino (BC Canada) The man was hoisted into an USCG helicopter and transported to Port Angeles, then ambulanced to the Olympic Medical Center. The incident occurred around 5 am, on a 14-night roundtrip Seattle Alaskan cruise (itinerary June 5-19) while the ship was en-route from Victoria (BC Canada) to Seattle WA.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • In 2002, CDC reported 4 times the HAL Amsterdam ship for having Norovirus cruise passengers and crew. On the Panama Canal repositioning cruise from Alaska to Florida (Seattle to Fort Lauderdale, October 1 to 22), a major illness outbreak affected a total of 192 passengers (14,3% of all) and 23 crew (3,8% of all). On voyage Oct 22 to Nov 1, the affected 41 passengers and 8 crew were offloaded at call ports along the itinerary. On the following sailing (Nov 1 to 11), a major outbreak affected a total of 163 passengers and 18 crew. On the sailing after that (Nov 11 to 21), 64 passengers and 18 crew were reported sick. The next cruise was cancelled for thorough sanitation and cleaning of the cruise ship.
  • March-April 2004, CDC reported on the voyage Mar 31 to Apr 17, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 75 passengers (out of 1130, or 6,6%) and 11 crew (out of 585, or 1,9%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.
  • March-April 2006, CDC reported on voyage Mar 7 to 22, a major Noro virus outbreak affected 130 passengers (out of 1360, or 9,6%) and 8 crew (out of 606, or 1,3%). On the following voyage (Mar 22 to Apr 6), from another outbreak suffered 76 passengers (out of 1294, or 5,9%) and 8 crew (out of 605, or 1,3%).
  • April 2009, CDC reported on voyage Apr 2 to 24, a Noro virus outbreak affected 135 passengers (out of 1318, or 10,2%) and 25 crew (out of 600, or 4,2%).
  • May 2009, CDC reported on voyage May 23 to 30, a Norovirus outbreak affected 101 passengers (out of 1546, or 6,5%) and 8 crew (out of 587, or 1,4%).
  • December 2009, CDC reported on voyage Dec 2 to 23, Noro virus affected 54 passengers (out of 1317, or 4,6%) and 8 crew (out of 610, or 1,3%).
  • November-December 2012, CDC reported on voyage Nov 11 to Dec 5, the Noro virus infected 85 passengers (out of 791, or 10,8%) and 6 crew (out of 610, or 1%).
  • March 2015, passengers reported a serious illness outbreak on voyage Feb 17 to Apr 6. This was a 48-days world cruise from Asia to the UK (Singapore to Southampton). The ship sailed almost 3 weeks under sanitation code red restrictions, suffering a Norovirus outbreak. Still, many passengers were reported violating their cabin quarantine (visiting the Lido buffet and other public areas) thus infecting more people on board. The Captain publicly announced there is a possibility the cruise to be cancelled for through sanitation. The crew had to work overtime to clean the cruise ship. During the ship’s overnight stay in call port Mumbai (India), it underwent a thorough disinfection, including every cruise cabin. Some of the onboard facilities (including the library, the gym, the Lido pools and whirlpools) were closed until further notice. Unofficially, over 180 passengers suffered from Noro virus infection.
  • Note: When the itinerary doesn’t include US cruise ports, the ship is not required to report to CDC, thus no official illness report would be issued.

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