Norwegian Spirit cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9141065, owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, collisions, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), drug smuggling, shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions.
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Norwegian Spirit accidents & incidents
At the Norwegian Spirit CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of the Norwegian Cruise Line Spirit 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.
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- December 15, 2007, en-route to homeport New Orleans LA, the vessel reported a small engine room fire. The incident occurred at ~ 8:45 pm and lasted for ~15 min. All 4 engines were shut down, and the ship drifted for ~15 min.
Pier collision accidents
- July 5, 2005, upon docking in call port Juneau Alaska, the vessel hit a pier. The incident resulted in a minor hull damage (starboard dent) and broken windows in 4 cruise cabins.
- May 25, 2008, upon docking at Pier 90 (NYC New York), at ~9 am the vessel hit the pier. The collision resulted in bow hull damage and damaged support beams of the parking garage.
- Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).
- January 19, 2006, while returning from a Southern Caribbean cruise back to homeport New York, the ship encountered heavy seas with rogue waves (some over 50 ft / 15 high). The ship reported broken windows and 11 flooded cruise cabins. Affected passengers were relocated and given a free NCL cruise.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- March 18, 2008, a 44-year-old female passenger died on a sponsored by NCL shore excursion in Roatan (Bay Islands, Honduras). The woman fell some 65 ft / 20 m during a jungle zip line excursion in the Gumbalimba Park, when the line snapped. Suffering a severe injury to the head, she was transferred to a local hospital where she died on the next day.
- November 6, 2009, a male passenger was shot during a robbery in Guatemala (call port Santo Tomas de Castillo). He and his friend were on a taxi tour. They stopped at the town cemetery to take pictures, when were approached by 2 armed men trying to steal their cameras. During the incident, the man was shot and 2 days later died at a Guatemala City hospital. The robbers (gang members) were arrested.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- June 20, 2011, a male passenger jumped overboard in the Mississippi River waters, but was rescued alive. The incident occurred at ~8 pm, 3 hours after the ship left New Orleans on a 7-days Western Caribbean round-trip cruise. One of the rescue boats was deployed; the passenger was recovered and returned to the ship, The man suffered injuries and was disembarked for further treatment ashore.
Drug smuggling incidents
- November 13, 2006, a female crew was charged with drug smuggling and sentenced to 5 years in jail in Bermuda. The woman worked on the ship as a cleaner and was caught while trying to smuggle heroin and cannabis with street value over USD 311,000.
- October 17, 2009, a 34 year-old male passenger was arrested and charged with marijuana smuggling. The man said in court he was given the cruise tickets plus USD 10,000 to drop the suitcase with the drugs off in Bermuda.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- January 13, 2008, the ship reported 67 passengers (or 3,2% of all) and 4 crew (or 0,4% of all) suffering from Noro virus.
- October-November 2009, CDC reported on the voyage Oct 23 to Nov 8, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 73 passengers (out of 1991, or 3,7%) and 9 crew (out of 965, or 0,9%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on a 16-days repositioning cruise to homeport New Orleans LA.
- December 2011, CDC reported on voyage Dec 18 to 25, a Norovirus outbreak affected 94 passengers (out of 2409, or 3,9%) and 13 crew (out of 945, or 1,4%). The ship was on a 7-days Caribbean cruise from New Orleans.
- 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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