Norwegian Escape accidents and incidents

Norwegian Escape cruise ship


Length (LOA)
326 m / 1070 ft

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CruiseMapper's Norwegian Escape cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 5218-passenger vessel owned by Norwegian Cruise Line. Our Norwegian Escape 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • deaths – overboard (2017, 2018)
  • injuries/crimes – drugs (2017-crew, 2018-crew)
  • medevacs - 2018
  04 November 2018Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On November 4, 2018, a 28 year-old male passenger was reported dead after falling from Deck 17 to Deck 7. In Port Carnival, police and FBI officers boarded the ship for investigation.

The incident occurred during 7-day Florida-Bahamas cruise (itinerary Nov 4-11) roundtrip from homeport NYC New York to Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay, and Nassau.

  22 September 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On September 22, 2018, a 78-year-old male passenger (suffering a stroke) was medevaced from the liner approx 75 km (45 ml) south of Nantucket Island (Massachusetts USA). USCG Air Station Cape Cod was contacted at ~5 pm. An USCH MH-60 helicopter met the cruise ship at ~7:30 pm. The elderly man and a crew nurse were hoisted and flown to Rhode Island Hospital (Providence RI).

The incident occurred at the end of 7-day Canada and New England cruise (itinerary Sept 16-23) roundtrip from homeport NYC New York to Maine USA (Portland and Bar Harbor) and Canada (Saint John NB, Halifax NS).

  15 January 2018Drug Smuggling

On January 15, 2018, while the ship was docked at Port Falmouth Jamaica, the police seized 1 pound (~1 kg) of cocaine. A 24-year-old male crew from the cruise liner was arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

The incident occurred ~3:30 pm, during routine security check conducted on embarking passengers and crew. The ship was on 7-day Caribbean cruise (itinerary Jan 13-20) from homeport Miami to Jamaica (Falmouth), Grand Cayman, Great Stirrup Cay Island (Bahamas) and Nassau (Bahamas).

The man (Akim Travis Davis Loctor, from St Lucia Island) was returning to the ship. He was stopped and searched at the security checkpoint before re-boarding the vessel. He was subsequently arrested and charged by a Narcotics Police officer. More details about the crime (law news) are pending.

  09 September 2017Other Incidents

Cruise itinerary September 9-16 (7-day Miami to St Thomas, Tortola BVI and Nassau Bahamas) was cancelled due to hurricane Irma. All scheduled until November Eastern Caribbean itineraries were changed with Western Caribbean. The September 2 itinerary was shortened from 7 to 5 nights.

All cancelled bookings received full refund plus 25% future NCL cruise credit and reimbursement up to USD 300 pp in flight change fees.

  13 June 2017Drug Smuggling

On June 13, 2017, three cruise ship crew were arrested in Belize City and charged with drug possession. A total of 2 kg of cocaine were picked up in Roatan (Honduras) and taken on the cruise ship to Harvest Caye (NCL’s private island resort in Belize), with the intention to be smuggled into the USA. The 3 men (NCL employees) were charged with drug trafficking.

The men - Derson Frank (from St Vincent), Renaldo Roberts (from St Vincent) and Jamal Celise (from St Lucia) arrived in call port Harvest Caye on the 7-night Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary June 10-17) from Miami visiting Roatan Island, Harvest Caye, and Mexico (Costa Maya, and Cozumel).

  19 April 2017Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On April 19, 2017, a male passenger was reported fell overboard. The accident occurred at ~3 am while the ship was south of, and en-route to Road Town (Tortola BVI). The NCL ship immediately started a search and rescue operation, assisted by the nearby cruise liners Celebrity Summit and Freedom of the Seas.

The man’s body was found and recovered at ~7 am. Reportedly, he went overboard falling from Deck 14. The ship was on 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary April 15-22) from Miami to St Thomas (USVI), Tortola (BVI) and Nassau (Bahamas).

  09 January 2017Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On January 9, 2017, a 22 year-old male passenger jumped overboard from the Deck 17, landing on Deck 7. The young man died from the sustained injuries. Reportedly, he committed suicide soon before the NCL ship docked in call port Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas, USVI).

The accident occurred at ~4 am, and was reported by the ship’s Captain to the USVI's Police Department Investigation Bureau. The preliminary investigation confirmed the suicide.

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