MS Maasdam

MS Maasdam
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MS Maasdam cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 8919257, owned by Holland America Line (a Carnival Corporation brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are fire, ship listing, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Maasdam position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 55,600-ton 1260-passenger Holland America cruise ship Maasdam was built in 1993 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

MS Maasdam accidents & incidents

MS Maasdam accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the MS Maasdam 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 Maasdam 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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.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.

Fire incidents

  • March 17, 2009, the ship experienced a fire incident in the crew galley (kitchen). The fire was immediately extinguished using a dry-chemical extinguisher.

Technical incidents

  • January 12, 1996, the vessel dragged anchor and caused damages to the Soto’s Reef (Grand Cayman).
  • April 10, 2005, engine problems combined with bad weather resulted in reduced cruising speed and itinerary change. The call ports Half Moon Cay (private island in the Bahamas) and San Juan Puerto Rico were dropped. As compensation, passengers received between US$100 and 400 in onboard credit (depending on cabin category), plus 20% a future Holland America cruise booking discount.
  • July 6, 2005, on a Canada cruise, the vessel left ~2 hours early call port Sydney NS transiting to Halifax NS for repairs of a failed engine.
  • May 6, 2007, 133 passengers were denied to board the ship in Savannah Georgia, because the cruise port wasn’t set up to handle security for cruise ships. The line transported the passengers by bus and their embarkation was in the next call port Charleston SC. The affected passengers received US$100 PP in onboard credit.
  • May 22, 2009 – the vessel experienced a severe listing to starboard while transiting the St Lawrence Seaway. The incident occurred at ~9:45 pm, caused by a pilot error. The Captain on the bridge took command of the ship and steered manually to avoid hitting a sandbar. The ship reported interior damages, among which dining room (broken glassware and dishes, lots of spilled food), also in bars and lounges.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • October 4, 2011, a 75-year-old male passenger fell overboard in the Northumberland Strait (Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Canada). The body was recovered. The man was reported missing at ~8 am by his wife, after docking in Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island). After the crew failed to find him on the ship, a search operation by the Canadian Coast Guard was conducted. It also failed to locate him. The body was later found by a local fisherman.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • January 5, 1998, 4 passengers were reported critically and 4 seriously injured in a bus crash accident on a sponsored by Holland America shore excursion in Florida. Another 20 passengers suffered minor injuries. Their tour bus was hit by a car near the interchange Florida Turnpike and Florida State Road 7.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • January 2009, CDC reported on the voyage Jan 2 to 9, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 79 passengers (out of 1402, or 5,6%) and 8 crew (out of 561, or 1,4%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.
  • February-March 2010, CDC reported on voyage Feb 2 to Mar 5, a major Noro virus outbreak affected 168 passengers (out of 1211, or 13,9%) and 19 crew (out of 559, or 3,4%). The ship returned in homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida on March 5.
  • December-January 2011, CDC reported on voyage Dec 23 (2011) to Jan 2 (2012), a Norovirus outbreak affected 56 passengers (out of 1255, or 4,5%) and 6 crew (out of 573, or 1,1%). The ship was on a Christmas and New Year Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale FL.
  • March 2014, CDC reported on voyage Mar 2 to 28, a Norovirus outbreak affected 65 passengers (out of 1096, or 5,9%) and 8 crew (out of 569, or 1,4%). The ship was on a 26-days South America (Amazon) cruise from Rio de Janeiro Brazil to Fort Lauderdale Florida.
  • April-May 2015, CDC reported on a Southern Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale (voyage Apr 17 to May 1), a Norovirus outbreak affected 67 passengers (out of 1138, or 5,9%) and 12 crew (out of 578, or 2,1%).
  • 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.

MS Maasdam current position


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