Norwegian Getaway accidents and incidents

Norwegian Getaway cruise ship
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Cabins
2008

Length (LOA)
326 m / 1070 ft

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  • fire – 2013 (during ship construction)
  • deaths – 2015 (drowned in Tortola, BVI), 2016 (suicide), 
  • injuries/crimes - 2018 (overboard crew / found)
  • medevacs – 2015 (2), 2018 (2)
  • served as floating hotel during "2016 Summer Olympics" (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) - together with Silver Cloud
  • boat rescue - 2018 (4 Cubans)
DateAccident
  02 September 2018Boat Rescue

On September 2, 2018, while en-route from Miami to Mexico, the ship rescued 4 Cubans stranded at sea. The men were taken to ship's infirmary and provided with food and clothing. Liner's Captain notified about the incident the USCG and Bahamas Maritime Authority, and was advised to disembark them at the next call port (Costa Maya Mexico) on September 4.

The incident occurred in the beginning of 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary Sept 2-9) roundtrip from homeport Miami to Costa Maya, Harvest Caye Island (Belize), Roatan Island (Honduras) and Cozumel.

  30 June 2018Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

(overboard) On June 30, 2018, a 33-year-old male crew (Filipino) was reported missing and presumably overboard. The incident occurred at ~3:30 pm, when the ship was approx 45 km (28 ml) northwest of Cuba (Pinar del Rio), en-route from Mexico back to Miami. The liner immediately turned around and conducted a search operation. USCG Miami deployed an HC-144 airplane to search the area (4200 km2 / 1630 ml2), but failed to find him.

On July 1, the man was found and recovered alive by Carnival Glory, approx 33 km (21 ml) north of Cuba. The incident occurred during 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary June 24 - July 1) roundtrip from homeport Miami to Costa Maya, Harvest Caye (Belize), Roatan Island, and Cozumel.

  16 April 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On April 16, 2018, a 41-year-old male crew (suffering from internal issues) was medevaced by USCG team while the liner was near Marathon (Florida) en-route from Miiami to Mexico. The USCG helicopter was dispatched from Air Station Miami, hoisted the man from the ship and took him back to the station, from where he was ambulanced to Jackson Memorial Hospital (Miami).

The incident occurred in the beginning of 7-day cruise (itinerary April 15-22) roundtrip from homeport Miami to Costa Maya, Harvest Caye (Belize), Roatan and Cozumel.

  01 April 2018Coast Guard Medevacs

On April 1, 2018, a 81-year-old male passenger (suffering heart attack-symptoms) was medevaced from the ship by an USCG helicopter team. The liner was approx 44 ml / 70 km southeast of Marathon Florida. The elderly man was airlifted and flown to Key West FL (Lower Keys Medical Center).

The ship was just starting a 7-day Miami roundtrip cruise (itinerary April 1-8) to Roatan, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya and Cozumel.

  2018Other Incidents

For the period April 15 -September 23, 2018, the shipowner Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) changed the vessel's itinerary program (based on roudtrips from homeport Miami Florida) from Eastern Cartibbean to Western Caribbean.

  • The otiginally scheduled 7-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary included call ports Charlotte Amalie (St homas USVI), Road Town (Tortola BVI and Nassau Bahamas.
  • The new 7-day Western Caribbean itinerary included call ports Roatan Island (Honduras), Harvest Caye (Belize) and Mexico (Costa Maya and Cozumel). 

The itinerary change was due to damages on the islands Tortola and St Thomas caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. Immediately after the storms hit the region, NCL and other cruise companies modified their itinerary routes to Western Caribbean.

  August 2016Other Incidents

During "2016 Summer Olympics" in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) for the period August 5 through 21, the NCL Getaway ship was fully chartered to serve as hotel ship for the "Olympic Family". A second / smaller ship (Silversea's Silver Cloud) was also chartered as hotel ship and was anchored alongside Norwegian Getaway during the games. 

The NCL ship was under time-charter (by the brokerage firm Landry & Kling) and was booked with passenger capacity 3957. Of the liner's all staterooms, 90% were reserved for the "Olympic Family" (Rio Host Committee, International Olympic Federation, National Organizing Committees, as well as for all the Olympic’s corporate sponsors). The remaining 10% were sold as cruisetour packages by Tam Viagens (Brazilian tour company).

The Silversea ship provided lodging for the NBA players (USA's men and women basketball teams), along with their families and friends. It was booked with passenger capacity 296.

The reason for chartering cruise vessels as hotels was security. The anchored ships' location (Port Rio's Pier Maua) was not disclosed during the games.

  09 March 2016Crew / Passenger Deaths

On March 9, 2016, a male passenger committed suicide by jumping intentionally from the ship’s Sports Deck 18 (basketball court area) and landing on Promenade Deck 8 (waterfront aft).

  16 September 2015Crew / Passenger Deaths

On September 16, 2015, a 60-year-old male passenger died (initially reported drowned) during NCL-sponsored shore excursion in Tortola (BVI). However, autopsy showed the man (John Joseph Russo, of US origin) died of a broken neck after diving headfirst from the tour boat. He was traveling together with his girlfriend (Jill Pires, aged 59) and both participated in a guided snorkeling tour at Frenchmans Cay Resort (West End Tortola). The boat’s crew and fellow tourists searched for ~45 min before the body resurfaced.

The incident occurred at ~11:30 am, while the NCL ship was docked in Tortola on 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Sept 12-19) from homeport Miami, with call ports Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas USVI), Tortola, Nassau (Bahamas).

  04 September 2015Coast Guard Medevacs

On September 4, 2015, due to a medical emergency, the ship arrived early in call port Nassau Bahamas, where a female passenger was disembarked and ambulanced to a hospital. The incident occurred on 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Aug 29 – Sept 5) from homeport Miami, with call ports Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas), Roadtown (Tortola BVI) and Nassau.

  16 February 2015Coast Guard Medevacs

On February 16, 2015, a 13-year-old male passenger was medevaced via USCG helicopter and transported to Centro Medico hospital in San Juan Puerto Rico. The incident occurred en-route from Miami to St Maarten. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter flew to the NCL ship and airlifted / hoisted the boy, his mother and a crew doctor.

The ship was on 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Feb 14 to 21) from homeport Miami to Philipsburg (St Maarten), Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas) and Nassau (Bahamas).

  05 March 2013Fire Accident

On March 5, 2013, during the vessel’s construction, a fire broke out at the shipbuilder’s yard in Papenburg Germany. No injuries were reported. The incident didn’t affect the delivery date (January 10, 2014). During the fire, all production areas and the shipyard's visitors center were evacuated because of the huge amount of smoke accumulated in the drydock.

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