Norwegian Pearl

Norwegian Pearl
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Norwegian Pearl cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9342281, owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), shore excursion incidents, pollution, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track Norwegian Pearl position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 93,540-ton 2400-passenger NCL cruise ship Pearl was built in 2007 by the Meyer Werft shipbuilding company in Germany.

Norwegian Pearl accidents & incidents

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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Technical incidents

  • (November 4, 2006) after leaving the shipbuilding yard and while attempting to pass under the River Ems power line (in northwestern Germany), the cruise vessel caused a massive blackout – first in Germany, and then in other European countries. Officially called “380KV-Ems-Overhead Powerline Crossing”, this power line is mounted on two large pylons – each with clearance / height of 110 m / 361 ft. The span between the pylons has length of 405 m (1329 ft). While the clearance allows cargo ships to pass beneath the power line, some of the Papenburg-built cruise ships (by Meyer Werft) require the powerline to be switched off. Its switching off for the NCL Pearl ship caused the infamous “2006 European blackout” – temporarily leaving over 15 million people without electricity.
  • Thrice in 2008 (May, June and July) the vessel was reported for Alaska water pollution. The conducted tests showed higher than allowed pH levels in its wastewater.
  • August 27, 2008, on an Alaskan cruise, the ship experienced an Azipod problem (propulsion system issue) resulting in reduced cruising speed and itinerary changes. The stay in call port Victoria BC was only formal (passengers were not allowed to disembark), while the call port Ketchikan was dropped. As compensation, passengers received US$50 PP in onboard credit. The propulsion problem (thrust bearing failure) affected also the next sailings. The shipowner NCL announced the cancellation of the Oct 26 itinerary, allowing the vessel to enter drydock in Freeport Bahamas for repairs. All booked passengers were fully refunded, and additionally received a 25% future NCL cruise booking discount. On the Panama Canal repositioning cruise from Alaska to Caribbean (Sept 21), the US call ports San Francisco and Los Angeles were dropped, while the port stays in Mexico (Puerto Vallarta, and Acapulco) and Colombia (Cartagena) were shortened. All passengers were compensated with US$50 PP in onboard credit. The ship returned to service on Nov 2, 2008.
  • Twice in 2009 the ship was reported for Alaska water pollution. The conducted tests of its wastewater showed higher than allowed levels of Coliform bacteria (July 7) and pH (July 28).
  • Twice in 2010 (on May 26 and Sept 15) the ship was reported for water pollution in Alaska. The conducted wastewater tests showed higher than allowed levels of Coliform bacteria.
  • July 24, 2011, the celebrity comedian Bill Cosby performed live on the ship. Both evening shows were held in the onboard theater on July 24, while the ship stayed in homeport Seattle WA overnight for repairs of its propeller. Due to the delayed departure, the next Alaskan cruise itinerary dropped the call port Juneau AK. Passengers received as compensation US$150 per cabin in onboard credit, plus 10% future NCL cruise booking discount. Additionally to the celebrity comedy shows, passengers also enjoyed free house wine served with dinner, plus 50% discount on specialty dining cover charges.
  • June 22, 2012, USCG reported a “material failure” (unspecified issue).
  • May 7, 2015, the episode “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin'” (part of the “Impractical Jokers” – hidden camera reality series) was filmed on the NCL Pearl ship. The episode was aired on the truTV channel (Time Warner) on May 7, 2015.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • April 17, 2007, a 35-year-old passenger drowned in Barbados. The accident occurred on a sponsored by NCL snorkeling excursion off the island’s west coast. The man was snorkeling together with his wife and other passengers from the ship.
  • December 26, 2008, a 36-year-old female passenger jumped overboard. She was reported missing by her husband, at ~4 am, when the ship was ~15 ml / 25 km east of Cancun Mexico. The ship conducted a search and rescue operation, that failed to find the body. Given the woman’s mental health history, the investigation assumed she committed a suicide.
  • April 6, 2014, a male crew was shot and bled to death ashore in call port Coxen Hole on Roatan (Bay Islands, Honduras). The man (Jacob Bagan, of Filipino origin) worked on the ship as an assistant cook. He was gunned down for his cell phone. The murderer left his bicycle at the crime scene. The Roatan’s mayor offered a ~US$5,000 reward for capturing the killer. On April 9, the local police assisted by a special force unit arrested the murder (Guzman Ramirez). The police found the revolver involved in the murder. After this incident, the NCL cruise line announced it is cancelling for a week all scheduled stops in Coxen Hole. In June 2014, the US State Department issued a travel warning stating that the Honduras’ murder rate is currently the highest in the world.
  • November 12, 2015, a 24-year-old female passenger (Kaylyn Sommer, from Charleston SC, USA) fell overboard and was reported missing. The incident occurred while the ship was ~25 ml / 40 km off the Cuba’s coast (in the Yucatan Channel, aka Straits of Yucatan) operating on a chartered by EDM music-themed cruise out of homeport Miami FL (Nov 8 to 19). The 11-days itinerary was themed “Mad Decent Boat Party” with a call port Cozumel Mexico. The passenger overboard was reported at ~7 pm, after the NCL Pearl ship conducted a search and rescue operation with 3 of its rescue boats. The USCG deployed an airplane C-130 and 3 patrol boats to assist the search, but the woman’s body was not found.
  • September 8, 2016, a 25-year-old female crew was reported fell overboard and missing. The CCTV footage revealed the woman (of Colombian origin, with 2 NCL employment contracts) went overboard in Lynn Canal (southeast mainland Alaska, between Funter Bay on Admiralty Island and Point Retreat in Granite Harbour, Victoria Land) at around 1:30 am while the cruise ship was en-route from Skagway to Glacier Bay. For the search and rescue operation, USCG Sitka launched a helicopter, while USCG Juneau launched the Cutter Liberty. Unfortunately, the body was not found and both searches were suspended on Sept 9. The accident occurred during a 7-day Alaskan cruise from Seattle WA (roundtrip itinerary Sept 4-11) visiting Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, and Victoria BC (Canada).

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • January 17, 2008, 6 passengers were robbed on a sponsored by NCL shore excursion in St Lucia. On the Botanical Gardens tour (Soufriere) the cruise passengers (2 from the US and 4 from Canada) and both tour guides were robbed of all their valuables (ID cards, jewelry, money) by 2 masked and armed men.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • April 2007, CDC reported on the voyage Apr 13 to 22, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 92 passengers (out of 2490, or 3,7%) and 7 crew (out of 1084, or 0,7%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on a 9-days Southern Caribbean cruise from homeport Miami Florida.
  • November-December 2007, CDC reported on voyage Nov 30 to Dec 9, a major Norovirus outbreak affected a total of 335 passengers (out of 2377, or 14,1%) and 24 crew (out of 1097, or 2,2%). The ship was on an 8-days Eastern Caribbean cruise from Miami FL.
  • March-April 2015, CDC reported on voyage Mar 26 to Apr 6, a Noro virus outbreak affected 145 passengers (out of 2472, or 5,9%) and 13 crew (out of 1062, or 1,2%). The ship was on an 11-days cruise from Miami to Eastern and Southern Caribbean.
  • 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.

Norwegian Pearl current position


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