MS Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9378450, owned by Holland America Line (a Carnival Corporation brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are fire, ship grounding, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
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MS Nieuw Amsterdam accidents & incidents
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Ship grounding accident
- October 10, 2017, the ship run aground at Port Huatulco (Mexico) after its mooring ropes broke up due to stormy weather. All passengers were offered to disembark and go to local hotels for the night. However, soon after the vessel’s inspection (which showed no significant hull damages) it was allowed to resume the voyage. The accident occurred on the 5th day of a 16-day Panama Canal repositioning cruise (itinerary Oct 5-21) from San Diego CA to Fort Lauderdale FL.
- June 11, 2013, a Croatian news media reported the vessel came and stopped too close (~500 ft / 150 m) to a popular beach at Split, Croatia, and was only meters away from running aground. The incident occurred near the Kastelet beach. The ship came to the safety buoys causing a serious panic. Then it moved to ~1600 ft / 500 m from the shore and accounted. At ~8 am they started to offload passengers via the tender boats.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- Fortunately, no such tragic incidents were officially reported so far.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- December 10, 2013, while the ship was docked in call port Grand Turk, a 70-year-old male passenger fell into the water between the pier and the Costa Cruises ship Costa Luminosa. The elderly man remained afloat for ~10 min until a HAL crew jumped and helped him to safety.
- February 15, 2014, a 31-year-old female passenger (of American origin) suffered severe injuries after being sexually assaulted and beaten by a 28-year-old male crew. The terrible accident occurred in international waters, near Honduras coast. The ship operated on a 7-days “Bare Necessities” (nudist-themed) cruise booked by the “Necessities Tour & Travel” agency. The 7-days Western Caribbean voyage was a round-trip from homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida. The man (Ketut Pujayasa, of Indonesian origin) worked on the ship as cabin attendant. On this position, he had a master key giving him access to all cruise cabins, including the victim’s. In the middle of the night, he entered the room without permission, hid on the cabin balcony, waited until she fell asleep, then entered, raped and brutally beat the woman brutally. Then, after punching and strangling her, he tried to throw her off the cabin’s balcony. The assault lasted for 30 -60 min. The woman was severely beaten using curling iron and her laptop computer. He strangled her using the cords of the phone and the iron in attempt to prevent her from screaming. When she managed to escape, another passenger saw her running out the cabin covered in blood and with visible bruises around the neck and shoulders. The woman was treated in the onboard infirmary, later disembarked in next call port Roatan (Honduras) and flown to South Florida by air ambulance. The man was arrested and charged with violent sexual assault. On May 30, 2015 (law news) a lawsuit against Holland America was filed in Seattle WA. On January 7, 2015 (law news) while guidelines suggested punishment of 14 to 17 years in federal prison, requested by prosecutors, the Judge sentenced him to 30 years 5 months in jail (USP Beaumont, federal prison for males in Texas, USA).
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- October-November 2010, CDC reported on the voyage Oct 18 to Nov 7, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 134 passengers (out of 2027, or 6,6%) and 6 crew (out of 873, or 0,7%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship arrived in homeport Fort Lauderdale on Nov 7 and was thoroughly sanitized before next embarkation.
- July 2017, CDC reported on itinerary July 22-29 (7-day Alaskan cruise roundtrip from Vancouver Canada) a Norovirus outbreak affected a total of 73 passengers (out of 2210, or 3,3%) and 4 crew (out of 869, or 0,5%).
- 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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