Norwegian Sky cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9128532, owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are ship grounding, listing, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions.
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Norwegian Sky accidents & incidents
At the Norwegian Sky CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of the Norwegian Cruise Line Sky 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 Sky 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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.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
- September 24, 1999, on a Canada New England cruise (Boston to Quebec City), the NCL cruise ship run aground on a sandbar near the confluence of the rivers St Lawrence and Sagenay. It was later re-floated at high tide. No injuries were reported. Due to sustained hull damages, the ship was taken out of service for over a month for repairs, and the next three scheduled sailings were cancelled.
- 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.
- Note: Between 2004 and 2008, this cruise vessel served in the NCL America line’s fleet under the name “Pride of Aloha”. In the NCL America fleet, it was joined in 2006 by the sister-ship Pride of Hawaii (Norwegian Jade).
- May 21, 2001, near the mouth of the Juan de Fuca Strait (border between the US’ Washington State and the Canada’s British Columbia), the ship’s autopilot system failed, resulting in a severe listing. The incident caused serious interior damages, among which swimming pools sloshed out, lots of dishes and glassware broken). The ship’s infirmary reported over 70 passengers injured.
- (May 2002) while passing near Strait of Juan de Fuca (USA-Canada border), the vessel’s autopilot failed. The computer error resulted in a sharp sudden turn and severe listing. This incident resulted in 78 injured passengers.
- August-October 2016, the NCL Sky ship’s schedule was affected by the closure of the private island Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas) for refurbishment. The ship’s itinerary program was changed by replacing the private island with Nassau and Freeport, during the whole refurbishment period (August 25 through October 20, 2016).
- September 8, 2017, cruise itinerary Sept 8-11 (3-day Bahamas from Miami, call ports Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay) was cancelled due to hurricane Irma. All cancelled bookings received 100% future NCL cruise credit. All booked shore excursions were fully refunded. Next scheduled cruise (Sept 11-14, 4-day Miami to Havana Cuba and Great Stirrup Cay) was also cancelled.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- April 17, 2009, a 39-year-old male passenger fell overboard at ~3 am. When the incident occurred, the ship was ~60 ml / 100 km north of Nassau Bahamas on a 3-days Bahamas cruise from homeport Miami Florida. Other passengers witnessed the man jumping in the water. The conducted by the ship search operation was later assisted by Royal Bahamas Defense Force assets, and two other cruise vessels – the fleetmate Norwegian Pearl and the Royal Caribbean ship Monarch of the Seas. At nightfall, the search and rescue was called off, failing to find the body.
- August 27, 2009, a male passenger drowned ashore on the line’s private island Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. The man was walking on rocks together with his wife, when he slipped and fell into the sea. The conducted extensive search found and recovered the body. During the accident, the ship was in the second leg of a 4-days cruise to Bahamas from homeport Miami (starting Aug 24).
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- January 26, 2010, while the ship was docked in call port Freeport (Grand Bahama), 2 passengers suffered injuries ashore in a bike crash incident. It occurred at ~10 am, when their motorcycle was hit by a car on one of the Queens Highway’s U-turns. The injured passengers (a 64-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man) were transported to the Rand Memorial Hospital.
- August 31, 2016 (law news) a lawsuit was filed in Florida against the NCL Norwegian Cruise Line company for cruise passenger sexual assault. A female passenger (of American origin, Georgia resident) was allegedly trapped and raped by one of the ship’s bartenders in a storage room. After trapping her, the man locked the door, pushed her head down towards his penis and told her to, quote, “be a good girl”. According to the woman’s statement of claim, the bartender singled her out since the 5-day Bahamas cruise (round-trip Miami to Freeport and Nassau) started, “piling her with alcohol” and probably drugging her last drink. Once she became disoriented, he brought her to the service room (accessible only by crew members) and locked the door. Even though she screamed and begged, he refused to let her out. Soon after, the woman blacked out.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- May 2003, CDC reported on two consecutive voyages (May 17 to 24, and May 24 to 31), Norovirus outbreaks (gastrointestinal illness spread) affected a total of 145 passengers and 25 crew. All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. Data on the passengers and crew total numbers on those sailings (and the percentage of ill passengers) is no longer available.
- 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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