Amera accidents and incidents
CruiseMapper's Amera cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 835-passenger vessel owned by Phoenix Reisen. Our Amera accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.
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- fire - 1980
- ship listing - 2010 (hull and interior damages during G12 level storm in the Atlantic Ocean)
- poor ship condition - 2007
- low level of service and amenities - 2012
- Norovirus - 2007
- Coronavirus - 2021 (12 crew)
- injuries/crimes - 2007
The vessel was previously named and owned by the following companies - Royal Viking Sun (1988-1999, by Royal Viking Line, and by Cunard Line), Seabourn Sun (1999–2002, by Seabourn Cruises) and MS Prinsendam (2002-2019, by Holland America Line).
|21 July 2021||Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks|
On July 21, 2021, Bremerhavener Gesundheitsamt (Bremerhaven's health department) announced that the number of COVID cases on MS Amera grew to 9. The agency also expressed fears that there were more infected among the crew as some test results were still pending.
Initially, the virus was found in 5 of the ~370 crew-staff, with the COVID-19 Delta variant confirmed in 2 cases. Due to the Delta variant, the outbreak was more dynamic. The cases were discovered during onboard testing. Of the 9 infected, 7 came to Germany by plane.
Phoenix Reisen commented that numerous crew were currently traveling from various countries to get on their ship. Each crew has to present a negative COVID test on-site, while another test is conducted onboard. Then the employees are quarantined for 3 days before being allowed to move freely on the vessel.
During the outbreak, the Amera cruise ship was docked at Port Bremerhaven, without passengers, and scheduled to restart operations on August 3.
Update; On July 26, the number of infected grew to 12. Phoenix Reisen announced a plan to disinfect the vessel and bring additional crew from the fleetmate Artania.
|29 November 2012||Other Incidents|
(MS Prinsendam) On November 29, 2012, passengers complained about this voyage, which started with an ~5 hours late departure from Port Everglades (Lauderdale). During all this time, passengers were seated on uncomfortable wooden chairs in the cruise terminal's waiting hall and given no explanation as to the delayed embarkation.
Some deck areas were reported being not clean. Same issues were reported regarding cabin balconies. No explanation was given about the itinerary changes. Call port Kralendijk (Bonaire) was replaced with Oranjestad (Aruba). Several of the scheduled call port stay times were also changed.
|17 December 2010||Structural and Technical Issues|
(MS Prinsendam) On December 17, 2010, one of the ship's lifeboats (number 7) malfunctioned (the motor winch failed). The boat was temporarily replaced with 4 additional davit liferafts (capacity 25 people each).
|10 September 2010||Ship Listing|
(MS Prinsendam) On September 10, 2010, the ship suffered damages in a major storm with strong winds and huge waves in the Atlantic Ocean. At ~7 am, the weather worsened and the vessel started to list heavily for ~90 min.
Major interior damages were reported in the galley (kitchen) and the restaurants, with lots of expensive luxury-brand glassware and dishes being smashed up on the floor. The showroom suffered a broken window.
Later was officially announced the vessel was hit by a G12 level storm (in the hurricane categories). A total of 50+ windows were reported broken. The vessel also sustained a hull dent in its prow (forward-most part).
During the storm, the ship’s infirmary reported 48 passengers treated of minor injuries.
|22 December 2007||Structural and Technical Issues|
(MS Prinsendam) On December 22, 2007, after emerging from a 3-weeks drydock, the cruise ship was apparently not ready for service.
|December 2007||Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks|
(MS Prinsendam) In December 2007, although not an outbreak by the CDC standards (at least 3% infected), several passengers suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting and diarrhoea) and were quarantined to their cabins. Numerous cases of respiratory ailments were also reported at the onboard infirmary. Many blamed the ship’s poor condition right after the drydock in Freeport Bahamas.
|01 February 2007||Structural and Technical Issues|
(MS Prinsendam) On February 1, 2007, while navigating around South America, the liner was hit by two 12 m (40 ft) high rogue waves. The accident occurred near Cape Horn (Antarctica) and resulted in 40 injured passengers, broken furniture and tableware.
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