MS Veendam

MS Veendam
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MS Veendam cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9102992, owned by Holland America Line (a Carnival Corporation brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are collisions, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Veendam position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 57,100-ton 1350-passenger Holland America cruise ship Veendam was built in 1996 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

MS Veendam accidents & incidents

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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Ship collision accidents

  • November 13, 2003, the ship was docked in call port Cozumel Mexico, stern to stern with another cruise ship – MS Norwegian Wind (currently operating as “SuperStar Aquarius”). A sudden gust of wind at ~7:30 pm pushed Veendam into the NCL cruise vessel. The incident resulted in a minor damage for the HAL ship (window cleaning walkway was deformed). The NCL ship suffered superstructure damages – portside aft dent, buckled floor (deck 7), a crimped pipe (deck 8), a burst sprinkler line (deck 8). No injuries were reported.
  • December 22, 2011, while operating in South America, the ship suffered minor damages on the superstructure after a collision with a container ship in port Buenos Aires (Argentina). The cargo vessel had a container swung out which damaged a ~50 ft / 15 m long railing section on Deck 12 and broke a window in the observation lounge “Crow’s Nest”. Because of the incident, the ship was anchored and stayed overnight waiting for the Argentinean authorities to inspect the damages. In the next call port Montevideo (Uruguay) the ship stayed again overnight for repairs, refueling and restocking. Next scheduled call port Puerto Madryn (Argentina) was dropped.

Technical incidents

  • October 3, 2000, the vessel experienced power loss for ~3 hours, affecting its air-conditioning, lighting and water/toilet systems.
  • May 2004, on voyage May 12 to 30, engine problems resulted in reduced cruising speed and itinerary changes. On two Alaskan itineraries (May 14 and 20 departures, between vancouver BC and Seward AK) the call port College Fjord was dropped, while in all other ports the stays were shortened.
  • November 25, 2007, engine problems resulted in an itinerary change. Call ports Key West FL and Cozumel Mexico along the 7-days Western Caribbean itinerary were dropped. In addition to its propulsion problems, the vessel also experienced issues with the toilets and running water system. On the next 14-days Southern Caribbean itinerary, the problems continued and the ship skipped call port San Juan Puerto Rico.
  • February 7, 2008, on a 14-days Eastern Caribbean cruise from homeport Tampa Florida, engine issues (oil overheating) forced the ship to reduce speed. The incident caused late arrival in call port Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas USVI) and cancellation of all shore excursions there.
  • October 4, 2014, the Holland America Line cancelled all three Canada cruises (departures Sept 28, Oct 4 and Oct 11) allowing the vessel to enter drydock for repairs (a propeller issue).
  • March 24, 2015, on a 14-days Panama Canal transition cruise the vessel reported several technical failures. Among those were

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • May 18, 2003, a 51-year-old male passenger was reported missing and presumed fell overboard. The incident was discovered at disembarkation in homeport Vancouver BC.
  • November 22, 2011, a 61-year-old female passenger (of American origin) died after suffering from severe Gastroenteritis (diarrhea, a Norovirus symptom). The death was reported when the ship arrived in call port Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Another 80+ passengers (of all 1259) were reported suffering from Gastroenteritis.
  • September 30, 2012, a 70-year-old female passenger was reported missing after the ship left call port Quebec City. The incident occurred en-route to Prince Edward Island (port Charlottetown) on a Canada New England “Fall Foliage” itinerary also visiting Nova Scotia (Sydney and Halifax). The Canadian police speculated the woman may have left the ship without being noticed by the security personnel.
  • January 3, 2014, a 88-year-old female passenger fell overboard when the ship was returning to homeport San DIego CA from the Mexican Riviera. The woman’s body was found floating in the sea face down and was recovered. The FBI boarded the ship to conduct ~3 hours forensic investigation.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • August 19, 2011 (law news), a 23-year-old male crew was charged with drug smuggling in Bermuda. The man (of Indonesian origin) was found guilty in conspiracy with others to smuggle ~340 gr of marijuana.
  • January 23, 2014, a 69-year-old female passenger sustained serious injuries (on the head and internal bleeding) after she fell down a stairwell. She was medevaced by an USCG helicopter sent from San Diego (~150 ml / 240 km away from the ship).
  • January 19, 2017 (law news), a 26-year-old male crew was arrested by Broward County (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) Sheriff’s office for “engaging in lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor” (where the victim’s age is between 12 and 16). The man (Gede Sukrantara, of Indonesian origin) worked on the ship as a waiter. He allegedly convinced a 15-year-old female passenger to go on deck 12 (Sports Deck) into a bathroom. There, he locked the bathroom’s door and engaged the girl in oral sex. The incident was later reported by her to the ship’s staff.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • April-May 2004, CDC reported on the Alaskan voyage April 17 to May 7, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 91 passengers (out of 1238, or 7,4%) and 7 crew (out of 557, or 1,3%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship arrived in homeport Seattle WA on May 5 and was thoroughly sanitized.
  • September-October 2004, CDC reported on voyage Sept 26 to Oct 14, a Norovirus outbreak affected 39 passengers (out of 1230, or 3,2%) and 2 crew (out of 557, or 0,4%). The ship returned in homeport San Diego CA on Oct 14.
  • January 2005, CDC reported on Southern Caribbean voyage Jan 3 to 15, a Noro virus outbreak affected 70 passengers (out of 1236, or 5,7%) and 7 crew (out of 571, or 1,2%). On the next cruise (Jan 15 to 29) another (major) illness outbreak affected a total of 219 passengers (out of 1229, or 17,8%) and 36 crew (out of 584, or 6,2%).
  • April-May 2006, CDC reported on voyage April 22 to May 9, a Norovirus outbreak affected 67 passengers (out of 1214, or 5,5%) and 8 crew (out of 566, or 1,4%).
  • June 2008, CDC reported on voyage June 13 to 20, a Norovirus outbreak affected 112 passengers (out of 1313, or 8,5%) and 12 crew (out of 556, or 2,2%).
  • April-May 2013, CDC reported on Caribbean voyage Apr 13 to May 4, a Norovirus outbreak affected 60 passengers (out of 1237, or 4,9%) and 10 crew (out of 574, or 1,7%).
  • February 2014, CDC reported on Caribbean voyage Feb 8 to 22, a Norovirus outbreak affected 114 passengers (out of 1273, or 9%) and 10 crew (out of 575, or 1,7%).
  • December 205, CDC reported on the Christmas voyage Dec 20 to 27, a Noro virus outbreak infected 57 passengers (out of 1429, or 4%) and 10 crew (out of 588, or 1,7%). The incident occurred on a roundtrip 7-days Mexican Riviera cruise from San Diego CA, with itinerary ports Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta.
  • 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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