Norwegian Spirit accidents and incidents

Norwegian Spirit cruise ship

Former names
SuperStar Leo

Length (LOA)
268 m / 879 ft

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CruiseMapper's Norwegian Spirit cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2414-passenger vessel owned by Norwegian Cruise Line. Our Norwegian Spirit 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, virus outbreaks, etc.

  • fire - 2007
  • pier collision/allision - 2005 (Juneau Alaska, USA), 2008 (NYC New York, USA)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) - 2008 (67 / 4), 2009 (73 / 9), 2011 (94 / 13), 2019 (EU)
  • deaths - 2008 (zip-line in Roatan), 2009 (robbery in Guatemala), overboard (2018)
  • injuries/crimes - Bermuda drug busts (2006, 2009), overboard/rescued (2011)
  • 2020 - Asia 2020 program cancelled (all cruises April 15 through December 7) due to Coronavirus concerns
  March 2020Other Incidents

Due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, the ship was denied entry to several call ports of the 20-day Dubai to Cape Town cruise (itinerary March 2-22). After spending 17 days at sea, on March 22 the liner docked and disembarked its passengers in Port Cape Town (South Africa).

Of the original itinerary remained (were visited) only Abu Dhabi UAE (Mar 3), Fujairah UAE (Mar 4) and Muscat Oman (Mar 5). The other destinations were cancelled due to port closures or country lockdowns, including Seychelles (Victoria Mahe), Madagascar (Nosy Be Island), Mauritius (Port Louis), Reunion (Saint-Denis) and South Africa (Richards Bay, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay).

  February 2020Structural and Technical Issues

In February 2020, NCL was forced to cancel the scheduled "preview cruise" of Norwegian Spirit, The vessel was drydocked at Chantier Naval de Marseille Shipyard (in Marseille France) for a USD 100 million refurbishment (January 2 - February 11, 2020).

The voyage was planned for February 11th but had to be cancelled due to ongoing labour strikes in France, which delayed the drydocking project. The preview cruise was rescheduled for February 14th, leaving out of Port Civitavecchia (Rome, Italy).

Also in February (on Feb 7) NCL officially cancelled the ship's Asia 2020 program (April 15 through December 7) due to Coronavirus concerns. All bookings received a full refund (automatically processed to the form of payment at booking time) plus 10% future NCL cruise credit. NCL also covered up to USD 300 pp in any flight change fees associated with the affected voyages.  Next are listed the cancelled itineraries (departure dates, lengths, homeports).

  • (Apr 15) 16 days from Singapore to Yokohama
  • (May 1) 8 days roundtrip from Yokohama
  • (May 9) 15 days from Yokohama to Hong Kong
  • (May 24) 15 days from Hong Kong to Yokohama
  • (Jun 8) 15 days from Yokohama to Hong Kong
  • (Jun 23) 13 days from Hong Kong to Yokohama
  • (Jul 6) 9 days roundtrip from Yokohama
  • (Jul 15) 13 days roundtrip from Yokohama
  • (Jul 28) 14 days from Yokohama to Tokyo
  • (Aug 11) 14 days roundtrip from Tokyo
  • (Aug 25) 16 days from Tokyo to Yokohama
  • (Sep 10) 15 days from Yokohama to Hong Kong
  • (Sep 25) 5 days roundtrip from Hong Kong
  • (Sep 30) 5 days roundtrip from Hong Kong
  • (Oct 5) 6 days roundtrip from Hong Kong
  • (Oct 11) 12 days from Hong Kong to Tokyo
  • (Oct 23) 13 days roundtrip from Tokyo
  • (Nov 05) 9 days roundtrip from Tokyo
  • (Nov 14) 9 days roundtrip from Tokyo
  • (Nov 23) 14 days roundtrip from Tokyo
  • (Dec 7) 14 days from Tokyo to Hong Kong

On February 20, NCL's parent company NCLH (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings) cancelled all Asian voyages (a total of 40 scheduled itineraries across its 3 brand fleets) due to Coronavirus outbreaks and temporarily removed all ships from the region. The 40 voyages were either cancelled or modified and included 24 on NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line, 10 on Oceania Cruises and 6 on RSSC-Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Norwegian Spirit (with 21 of all cancelled Asian cruises) was redeployed to Eastern Mediterranean for summer 2020.

  January 2019Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

(CruiseMapper email from Alison Smith) Just got off NCL Spirit at Barcelona from a 10-day cruise starting on 24 Jan 2019. There was a norovirus outbreak resulting in major sanitary procedures. We were unaffected and can't judge the size of it, but clearly significant. Wonder how it will affect the new passengers going aboard at Barcelona today.

The incident occurred during the 10-day "Canary Islands, Spain and Morocco" cruise (itinerary Jan 24 - Feb 3) roundtrip from homeport Barcelona to Morocco (Casablanca), Canary Islands (Gran Canaria, Tenerife), Madeira Island (Funchal) and Spain (Malaga, Alicante).

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.

  03 April 2018Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On April 3, 2018, a 34-year-old male passenger was reported missing. The man (from Saudi Arabia) went overboard from the ship at ~2 am. In the conducted search and rescue operations were involved vessels from Guardia Civil and Salvamento Marítimo (Spanish coast guard), including 2 helicopters and 1 plane.

The accident occurred in the waters near Mazarron (southeastern Spain), approx 30 mi / 50 km south of Cartagena. The ship was en-route from Malaga to Alicante, completing a 10-days roundtrip Barcelona to Morocco and Canaries cruise (itinerary March 25 - April 4) to Casablanca, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Madeira, Malaga, Alicante.

  December 2011Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

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 7-day Caribbean cruise from homeport NOLA New Orleans.

  20 June 2011Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

(overboard) On June 20, 2011, a male passenger jumped overboard in Mississippi River but was rescued alive. The incident occurred at ~8 pm, 3 hours after the ship left homeport NOLA New Orleans on 7-day Western Caribbean itinerary. One of the rescue boats was deployed to recover the man. He suffered injuries and was disembarked for further treatment ashore.

  06 November 2009Crew / Passenger Deaths

(murder) On 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 in the hospital. The robbers (gang members) were arrested.

  17 October 2009Drug Smuggling

On 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 off a suitcase with the drugs in Bermuda.

  October 2009Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

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 Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea) and were quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours. The ship was on 16-day Transatlantic repositioning cruise to homeport NOLA New Orleans.

  25 May 2008Ship Collision / Allision

On May 25, 2008, at ~9 am, upon docking at Pier 90 (NYC New York), 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).

  18 March 2008Crew / Passenger Deaths

On March 18, 2008, a 44-year-old female passenger died on NCL-sponsored shore excursion on Roatan Island (Honduras). The woman fell down ~65 ft / 20 m during a jungle zip line excursion in Gumbalimba Park, when the zip line snapped. Suffering a severe head injury, she was transferred to a local hospital where died on the next day.

  January 2008Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

On January 13, 2008, CDC reported 67 passengers (or 3,2% of all) and 4 crew (or 0,4% of all) suffering from Norovirus.

  15 December 2007Fire Accident

On December 15, 2007, while en-route to homeport NOLA New Orleans, the ship reported a small engine room fire. The incident occurred at ~ 8:45 pm and lasted for ~15 min. All 4 diesel engines were shut down, and the ship drifted for ~15 min.

  13 November 2006Drug Smuggling

On November 13, 2006, a female crew was charged with drug smuggling and sentenced to 5 years jail in Bermuda. The woman worked on the ship as a cleaner and was caught while trying to smuggle heroin and cannabis with a street value over USD 311,000.

  19 January 2006Ship Listing

On January 19, 2006, while returning from a Southern Caribbean cruise back to homeport NYC New York, the ship encountered heavy seas with rogue waves (some over 50 ft / 15 high). The ship reported listing, broken windows and 11 flooded passenger cabins. Affected passengers were relocated and given a free NCL cruise.

  05 July 2005Ship Collision / Allision

(pier collision) On July 5, 2005, upon docking in call port Juneau Alaska, the vessel hit a pier. The incident resulted in minor hull damage (starboard dent) and broken windows in 4 passenger staterooms.

Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).

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