Norwegian Jewel accidents and incidents



Length (LOA)
294 m / 965 ft

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CruiseMapper's Norwegian Jewel cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2866-passenger vessel owned by Norwegian Cruise Line. Our Norwegian Jewel accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

Here are also reported latest updates on cruise law news related to ashore and shipboard crimes still investigated by the police. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

  • propulsion/power loss – 2005
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2 outbreaks in 2008 (total 230 / 20)
  • injuries/crimes – 2009 (crew, for child pornography), drug bust (2017 Sydney Australia / 4 pax)
  • medevacs - 2018
Date Accident
  18 January 2018 Coast Guard Medevacs

On January 18, 2018, at ~8:15 pm, a NZ Northern Coastguard team medevaced a male passenger from the cruise ship en-route from Russell (Bay of Islands ) to Auckland. The ship was on 16-day New Zealand cruise (itinerary Jan 5-21) roundtrip from homeport Sydney, NSW Australia.

The liner was met by NZCG rescue catamaran with a paramedic onboard. The operation was done in rough weather conditions (2 m / 7 ft swells and gale-force winds). The paramedic boarded the vessel via a portal (just 2 m above waterline). The sick passenger was first stabilised on board, then lowered in a lifeboat down into the rescue boat. The man was transported to Marine Rescue Centre, from where was ambulanced to Auckland Hospital.

  30 November 2017 Drug Smuggling

On November 30, 2017, while the ship was docked in Sydney Australia, using sniffer dogs Border Force officers found onboard cocaine (~30 kg). The operation was a cooperation with the UK Border Force.

The Australian officers searched several staterooms and some public areas. During the search, detector dogs first found a bag with !15 kg of cocaine (hidden under a stairwell), then a second bag with ~15 kg of cocaine hidden in a box with deckchair cushions stacked inside. Then, Australian Federal Police officers boarded the ship and arrested all 4 passengers – a 41-year-old male (Belgian) and three French passengers (61-year-old male, 54-year-old male, 32-year-old female). They were all charged with “importing commercial quantities of border controlled drugs”.

The incident occurred during 13-day Australia to New Zealand cruise (itinerary Nov 17-30) roundtrip from Sydney NSW, visiting Melbourne, Burnie (Tasmania), Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, Bay of Islands.

  24 October 2009 Crew / Passenger Crimes

(sexual) On October 24, 2009, a 31-year-old male crew was arrested in Halifax NS (Canada) and charged with child pornography. The man (of Filipino origin) worked on the ship as quarter master. He was sentenced to 100 days in Canadian jail, then was deported.

  October 2008 Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

September-October 2008, CDC reported on the voyage Sept 28 to Oct 8, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 144 passengers (out of 2132, or 6,8%) and 9 crew (out of 1071, or 0,8%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours.

On the next voyage (Oct 8-18), another Noro virus outbreak affected a total of 86 passengers (out of 2098, or 4,1%) and 11 crew (out of 1084, or 1%). Both incidents occurred on 10-day Caribbean cruises roundtrip from homeport NYC New York.

  30 August 2005 Propulsion / Power Loss

On August 30, 2005, the ship experienced power loss due to propulsion problems (portside Azipod malfunction). The incident happened in Europe (Baltic Sea), en-route to call port St Petersburg Russia. The vessel requested assistance and was tugged to call port Tallinn Estonia, where arrived ~5 hours late. On the next day (Aug 31), the Azipod unit was fixed.

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