Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Dawn
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Norwegian Dawn cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9195169, owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are ship grounding, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), drug smuggling, shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track Norwegian Dawn position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 92,250-ton 2240-passenger NCL cruise ship Dawn was built in 2002 by the Meyer Werft shipbuilding company in Germany.

Norwegian Dawn accidents & incidents

NCL Norwegian Dawn accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the Norwegian Dawn CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of the Norwegian Cruise Line Dawn 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 NCL Dawn 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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.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 grounding accident

  • May 19, 2015, at ~5 pm, the NCL cruise ship ran aground (hit a coral reef) in Bermuda shortly after leaving call port King’s Wharf. The incident was a result of a steering system malfunction, which sent the vessel off course. After being grounded for ~6 hours, the vessel was floated off with the high tide, then moved to an anchorage position nearby for inspection. After the inspection (done by an independent dive team and the ship’s engineering crew) the vessel’s structural integrity was confirmed. No injuries or hull damages were reported. On the next day it continued the voyage back to homeport Boston MA.
  • Note: Most ship grounding accidents (when the marine vessel’s hull impacts the seabed) happen at lower cruising speeds, since the ships operate in known to be shallow waters. Such incidents usually result in stranding (with or without significant hull damages). However, if the hull is breached, the result would be flooding, which may compromise the vessel’s stability and safety. The well-known example for such a tragic accident is the Costa Concordia sinking after hitting a rock in January 2012.

Technical incidents

  • April 16, 2005, en-route from Bahamas to New York and sailing in rough weather, the vessel encountered off the Georgia’s coast three consecutive 70 ft / 21 m rogue waves. The last wave cased the most serious damages, breaking windows on upper decks 9 and 10 (including at Navigation Bridge), and also flooding several decks below (62 cruise cabins were flooded). The hull was also damaged (bent) after the spare anchor hit the deck. The ship’s infirmary reported 4 passengers with minor injuries during the incident. The ship diverted its course to Charleston for repairs, from where continued to homeport New York. It arrived late in NYC by 1 day. As compensation, all passengers received free onboard drinks, a 50% refund plus 50% future NCL cruise booking discount. The next 6-night Bahamas cruise from NYC was revised to 7 nights.
  • July 2, 2005, on a New York to Bahamas cruise, after leaving call port Great Stirrup Cay (the NCL’s private island in the Bahamas), the ship experienced propulsion issues with one of its 2 Azipods. The incident resulted in reduced cruising speed and itinerary change – call port Nassau was dropped.
  • November 21, 2006, while en-route from NYC to Florida, propulsion problems forced the vessel to dock unscheduled at ~6:45 pm in call port Norfolk VA. The ship stayed in port ~1 day for repairs, leaving on Nov 22 at ~5 pm. As compensation, all passengers received a full refund, plus 25% future NCL cruise booking discount and US$100 in onboard credit per cabin.
  • March 30, 2007, the shipowner NCL announced on May 29, 2007, the ship enters dry-dock in Boston MA for propulsion system repairs. Two scheduled sailings (May 26, June 2) were cancelled. All booked passengers received a full refund plus 25% future NCL cruise booking discount.
  • November 27, 2009, while returning to homeport Miami FL, at ~9 am the ship experienced a power loss (power outage) incident, some 95 ml / 150 km north of Puerto Rico. USCG assets (helicopters and ships) arrived to the scene for assistance. The power loss affected all the vessel’s hotel services – electricity, running water, toilets and air conditioning systems. After some power was restored, it managed to arrive by its own power to San Juan Puerto Rico for repairs.
  • August 27, 2010, after experiencing engine problems (resulting in reduced cruising speed), the vessel left early call port King’s Wharf Bermuda (~11 hours early then originally scheduled) and arrived in homeport New York ~1 hour late. Passengers were compensated with US$50 in onboard credit per cabin.
  • August 24, 2013, on a Bermuda cruise from NYC, due to engines failure the ship lost power and drifted for ~2 hours in the Atlantic Ocean. After fixing the problem, it reached Bermuda as scheduled.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • May 11, 2008, a 46-year-old female passenger fell overboard at ~8 pm near Atlantic City, NJ. The ship was on a 7-day Bermuda cruise from homeport NYC New York. Due to bad weather, the search operation was called off. CCTV camera showed the woman trying to climb between two cabin balconies then falling overboard.
  • October 28, 2011, two passengers died (separately) on board the ship. A 67-year-old female passenger died from natural causes. A 23-year-old male passenger was found dead in his cabin (unknown cause of death).
  • March 14, 2012, a 61-year-old female passenger died on a sponsored by NCL shore excursion in Dominica. The woman was snorkeling with friends when she started to experience difficulties in the water. Later on shore she collapsed. The administered CPR failed to revive her.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • October 17, 2009 (law news), a male passenger was sentenced to 7 years in jail in Bermuda. The man was charged for marijuana smuggling. All 32 packages (~5 kilos, street value US$252,000) were found in his cabin.
  • December 11, 2009, on a sponsored by the NCL shore excursion in St Lucia, a group of 14 passengers were robbed by 4 masked and armed men. At ~11 am, the tourists were returning to Castries from a waterfall excursion, when the masked men approached and robbed them of all valuables. No injuries among the passengers were reported.
  • June 28, 2010, a 53-year-old male passenger was fined US$5,000 after admitting a sexual assault on an 18-year-old female passenger. The incident occurred at diner in the Main Dining Room restaurant. He and his family were dining together with the girl’s family, where under the table he inappropriately touched her legs several times with his foot.
  • July 18, 2015, a 19-year-old female passenger suffered appendicitis and at ~10 pm was medevaced by an USCG helicopter. The woman was transported to Hyannis MA (Barnstable Municipal Airport, then to Cape Cod Hospital).

Drug smuggling incidents

  • June 17, 2011, a male passenger (of US origin) was sentenced to 30 months in jail for smuggling marijuana into Berumda (street value ~US$100,000. The man received US$7,000 for delivering the drugs. Then he tried to transfer the money via Western Union, where the staff asked him to proof a legitimate income. He had no such documents, so he brought the money back to the ship and stashed it in the cabin’s safe. Notified, Bermuda Customs officers boarded the ship, searched his cabin (June 13) and found the cash along with drug residue.
  • October 16, 2011, a  58-year-old male passenger was arrested, charged with marijuana smuggling into Bermuda (~23,5 g) and two days later fined US$10,000. The drugs were found in his cabin using a drug-sniffing dog.
  • April 17, 2015, a 35-year-old male crew was arrested and charged with cocaine smuggling. The arrest was done when the ship docked at Roatan Island (Honduras). The man (Keneth Antonio Salas Taylor, of Nicaraguan origin) worked on the ship as galley/kitchen worker. He was arrested while trying to board with a package of the drug hidden under his clothes. The ship’s security discovered the drugs and reported the incident to the local police.
  • January 2, 2016, US federal authorities arrested in New Orleans 5 male crew and charged them with cocaine smuggling. One of the suspects (of Jamaican origin) was carrying US$19,000 wrapped in a plastic bag. He confessed the money was intended to buy drugs. The drug bust happened when the ship was docked in homeport New Orleans. Homeland Security agents spotted 3 of the crew men gathered inside a restroom at the Riverwalk Mall (located near the cruise terminal) and acting suspiciously. After the arrest, the agents seized a shoulder bag with 6 packages of cocaine. Once in custody, the crew members admitted to smuggling and agreed to cooperate. According to the complaint, the total quantity of the smuggled cocaine was ~4,75 kilos / 10,5 pounds. The drugs were imported from Honduras (call port Roatan, in Bay Islands). The other ports along the 7-days round-trip Western Caribbean New Year cruise itinerary (Dec 27 – Jan 2) were Belize City, Costa Maya and Cozumel.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • October 2007, CDC reported on the voyage Oct 14 to 26, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 149 passengers (out of 2169, or 6,9%) and 15 crew (out of 1056, or 1,4%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on a 12-days Atlantic Coastal (Canada and New England) cruise from homeport NYC New York.
  • 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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