MS Prinsendam

MS Prinsendam
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MS Prinsendam cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 8700280, owned by Holland America Line (a Carnival Corporation brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), low level of service and amenities, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Prinsendam position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 38,850-ton 740-passenger Holland America cruise ship Prinsendam was built in 1988 by the Wartsila shipbuilding company in Finland.

MS Prinsendam accidents & incidents

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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.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

  • Note: Before joining the Holland America fleet in 2002, the vessel served other cruise lines. Back then it was operated under the names: Royal Viking Sun (1988–1999, for Royal Viking Line, and Cunard Line) and Seabourn Sun (1999–2002, for Seabourn Cruises).
  • December 22, 2007, after emerging from a 3-weeks drydock, the ship was apparently not ready for service. First, it arrived ~12 hours late in Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) due to mechanical problems. When passengers embarked the vessel, they reported cabins lacking some of the standard furniture. Some public rooms were also devoid of furniture. During the first 3 days of the voyage, decks 5 and 6’s hallways and passenger staterooms were flooded. Since workers continued to paint in some parts of the ship, noxious fumes were also reported. Another testimonials mentioned air-conditioning failure in the dining room restaurant, plumbing issues in large areas on board, another flooded deck (on day 2). The inoperational (empty) Lido pool was a huge setback since the first 3 days were at sea (no call ports visited). Most parts of the ship was not cleaned from dust. The level of service was also among the numerous complaints, resulting in long queues of unsatisfied passengers in front the Reception Desk. The Holland America Line did not compensate any of the affected cruise passengers on this unfortunate 16-days Eastern-Southern Caribbean voyage. The vessel failed to pass both USCG inspections, conducted in December 2007 and January 2008.
  • September 10, 2010, the ship suffered damages in a major storm with strong winds and huge waves in the Atlantic Ocean. The weather worsened at ~7 pm, and the ship started to rock heavily for ~90 min. Major damages were reported in the galley (kitchen) and the restaurants, with lots of expensive luxury-brand glassware and dishes being smashed up on the floor. The showroom suffered a broken window. Later was officially announced the vessel was hit by a G12 level storm (in the hurricane categories). A total of 50+ windows were reported broken. The vessel sustained a hull dent in its prow (forward-most part).
  • December 17, 2010, one of the lifeboats (number 7) malfunctioned (its motor winch failed). The boat was temporarily replaced with 4 additional davit liferafts (capacity 25 people each).
  • November 29, 2012, passengers complained about this voyage, which started with an ~5 hours late departure from Port Everglades (Lauderdale). During all this time, passengers were seated on uncomfortable wooden chairs in the waiting room at the terminal, and given no explanation as to the delayed embarkation. Some deck areas were reported being not clean. Same issues were reported regarding some of the cabin balconies. No explanation was given about the itinerary changes. Call port Kralendijk (Bonaire) was replaced with Oranjestad (Aruba), several of the scheduled port stays times were also changed.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • Fortunately, no such accidents were officially reported so far.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • September 10, 2010, during the heavy (hurricane-category) storm in the Atlantic, the ship’s infirmary reported all 48 passengers treated of minor injuries.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • December 2007, although not an outbreak by the CDC standards (at least 3% infected), several passengers suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting and diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. Numerous cases of respiratory ailments were also reported at the infirmary. Many blamed the ship’s poor condition right after the dry-dock in Bahamas.
  • 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 Prinsendam current position


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