MS Noordam

MS Noordam
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MS Noordam cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9230115, owned by Holland America Line (a Carnival Corporation brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), rescue operations, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Noordam position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 85,500-ton 1950-passenger Holland America cruise ship Noordam was built in 2006 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

MS Noordam accidents & incidents

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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.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

  • October 30, 2013, passengers reported a small fire broke out in the Lido buffet. The incident occurred at ~10:30 am, and when the ship was docked in port. The Captain announced via the PA system that the fire alarm was not a drill and that all crew should stand by. The Lido deck restaurant’s entrance was blocked, so passengers had to eat around the swimming pool.
  • August 25, 2014, at ~3 am, the Captain informed via the PA system that a fire incident occurred in the incinerator room. It was extinguished after ~1 hour.

Technical incidents

  • June 15, 2015, in Glacier Bay (Alaska), the Holland America cruise vessel came to the aid of a damaged tour boat. The 79 ft / 24 m long sightseeing boat (named “Baranof Wind”) suffered an engine room fire in the afternoon hours. Although the fire was quickly extinguished, it partially disabled the vessel, so its crew called for assistance. The emergency call was answered by Noordam. When she arrived, one of the tender boats was used to offload the boat’s 40 passengers plus 1 park ranger. The disabled boat was then towed to Juneau AK for repairs. The ship’s tender boat offloaded the tourists at Bartlett Cove (at the Glacier Bay’s entrance) and joined the cruise ship, which continued to the next scheduled call port Ketchikan AK.
  • April 2, 2016, a propulsion issue with the starboard azipod thruster caused an itinerary change on the 14-day round-trip cruise from Sydney Australia to New Zealand (itinerary March 25 – April 8). The incident occurred while the vessel was docked in port Napier NZ, causing ~5 hours late departure. Then it sailed away at reduced cruising speed, resulting almost a day late arrival in call port Tauranga NZ (on Apr 4, with unscheduled overnight stay in port for repairs). The remaining 2 ports of call were cancelled (Auckland and Waitangi, Bay of Islands). All passengers were refunded of port taxes and fees, and also of booked through Holland America shore excursions in both ports.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • December 16, 2014 (law news), Broward County police arrested a 42-year-old male crew. The man (of Indonesian origin) worked on the ship as auditor. He was charged with grand theft for stealing from the ship US$10,200 in cash. The embezzlement was reported in November 2014, with a total of 11 separate thefts committed between November 3 and 13.
  • December 12, 2017, a 33-year-old male passenger was arrested in Port Chalmers (Dunedin, New Zealand) and charged with sexual assault (rape) of, and unlawful sexual connection with a female passenger. Each of the charges carries max penalty of 20 years in jail. Both acts allegedly occurred onboard (at sea) on Dec 11. According to local police, the man and the woman were known to each other. The incident occurred during the 15-day Auckland to Sydney cruise (itinerary Dec 6-21) visiting ports in NZ, Tasmania and Australia.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • January 2008, CDC reported on the voyage Jan 5 to 16, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 103 passengers (out of 1980, or 5,2%) and 12 crew (out of 816, or 1,5%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.
  • October-November 2009, CDC reported on a Transatlantic repositioning cruise from Europe to Florida (voyage Oct 16 to Nov 1), a major Norovirus outbreak affected 159 passengers (out of 1826, or 8,7%) and 19 crew (out of 784, or 2,4%). At the ship’s infirmary were also reported cases of food poisoning.
  • January 2010, the ship reported on voyage Jan 4 to 14, a total of 38 passengers suffered the Noro virus symptoms. Because the required by the CDC threshold of 3% infected was not reached, the incident was not reported as an outbreak.
  • July-August 2017, CDC reported on itinerary July 23-30 (7-day Alaskan cruise from Seward AK to Vancouver Canada), a Noro virus outbreak affected 138 passengers (out of 2086, or 6,6%) and 4 crew (out of 803, or 0,5%). On the next scheduled Alaskan cruise (7-day itinerary, July 30 – Aug 6, Vancouver to Seward), CDC reported another outbreak with infected 82 passengers (out of 2143, or 3,8%) and 5 crew (out of 790, or 0,6%).
  • 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 Noordam current position


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