Pride of America accidents and incidents
CruiseMapper's Pride of America cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2630-passenger vessel owned by NCL America (Norwegian Cruise Line). Our Pride of America 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.
- sinking – 2004 (during ship construction)
- propulsion/power loss – 2005, 2006 (struck a buoy)
- mooring lines failure – 2007 (twice – in Kahului and Honolulu – Hawaii)
- pollution in Hawaii – 2007 (twice)
- illness – 2007-tuberculosis (22 crew)
- Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2009 (68 / 14)
- deaths – 2015
- injuries/crimes – sexual (2005), overboard/rescued (2010-crew), 2012 (NCL America pays back wages), 2015 (lifeboat fell)
|22 August 2018||Other Incidents|
On August 22, 2018, due to Hurricane Lane (Category 4 storm), the liner was rerouted and its itinerary changed. The hurricane has max winds up to 240 kph (150 mph), with higher gusts. The ship had to skip call ports Hilo and Kona, spending the following 2 days at sea prior to the scheduled return back to homeport Honolulu (Aug 25).
|15 May 2018||Other Incidents|
The scheduled for May 15, 2018, visit to Hilo (Hawaii island) was cancelled and replaced with a sea day due to eruption of Kilauea volcano. Another itinerary change was dropping Kailua-Kona (scheduled for May 16) and replacing it with an extra cruise day in (Maui Island).
|16 March 2016||Other Incidents|
On March 16, 2016, the ship’s first cruise after the San Francisco drydock refurbishment was delayed 1 day due to adverse weather. The vessel left the shipyard on Mar 16 (instead of Mar 15), with embarkation at 3 pm. As compensation, all passengers received 1-day refund of the cruise fare, 25% future NCL cruise discount, up to USD 300 for covering airline change fees, hotel extension charges reimbursement, plus the option to cancel the cruise without penalty.
|28 July 2015||Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards|
On July 28, 2015, the ship was docked in Hilo. During a maintenance work on one of its lifeboats, at ~2 pm the ropes gave way and the boat fell into the water from ~45 ft / 15 m. Both crew working on the boat sustained serious injuries and were hospitalized at Hilo Medical Center.
|24 July 2015||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
On July 24, 2015, at !1 pm, a male passenger died in his cabin, suffering a heart attack. The ship was docked in call port Nawiliwili (Kauai). The scheduled 2 pm departure was delayed until 4:30 pm due to the conducted onboard investigation.
|16 February 2012||Other Incidents|
(law news) On February 16, 2012, an investigation by DOL WHD (Wage and Hour Division, US Department of Labor) resulted in NCL America paying ~USD 527,000 in back wages to all its employees.
The investigation found that NCL violated USA’s min wage and overtime working regulations for all the Pride of America ship employees (a total of 2059 staff and crew). Back wages were for the period 2009 July to 2011 November,
The investigation also found that because the line took large credits for meal and lodging, some employees were paid less than the required minimum of USD 7,25 per hour. The cruise company also didn’t pay the cabin staff for cleaning the passenger staterooms between the voyages.
|02 May 2010||Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards|
(overboard) On May 2, 2010, a male crew fell overboard at ~1 pm, after the ship left homeport Honolulu Hawaii. The vessel stopped, lowered a lifeboat and saved him.
|January 2009||Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks|
January 2009, CDC reported on the 7-day Hawaiian cruise (itinerary Jan 17-24), a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected a total of 68 passengers (out of 1837, or 3,7%) and 14 crew (out of 935, or 1,5%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting and diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours.
|03 December 2007||Other Incidents|
(mooring failure) On December 3, 2007, while docked in Kahului (Maui) Hawaii, high waves in the harbor caused the ship to broke some of its mooring ropes (connecting it to the pier). The overnight port stay was cancelled, along with the next call port Kona (due to the weather conditions).
|16 September 2007||Sea Pollution|
On September 16, 2007, the vessel was reported for discharging a small amount (~10 gallons / 40 litres) of diesel fuel into the harbor of Hilo (Big Island).
|01 August 2007||Sea Pollution|
On August 1, 2007, the vessel was unofficially reported for water pollution. Kailua residents complained about the ship discharging sewage water into the sea for ~20 min. They reported floating feces and various debris.
|12 June 2007||Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks|
On June 12, 2007, while the ship was berthed in call port Nawiliwili (Kauai), a male crew was diagnosed with tuberculosis.The man was hospitalized ashore. On July 19, 2007, a total of 21 crew were tested positive for tuberculosis.
|19 February 2007||Other Incidents|
(mooring failure) On February 19, 2007, the vessel was berthed in Honolulu Hawaii, when at ~3:30 pm it broke the bow mooring lines and drifted, also dragging the gangway ramp off the quay. Assisted by a tugboat, ~2 hours later the ship was docked back into place.
|14 October 2006||Propulsion / Power Loss|
On October 14, 2006, upon leaving homeport Honolulu Hawaii, the vessel struck a navigational buoy, cought its chain and dragged the buoy (weighing nearly 3000 pounds / 1,5 tons) all the way to Maui. The incident caused a propeller damage, which caused itinerary change – an extra day in Maui, and dropping call port Kona (Big Island).
|23 September 2005||Crew / Passenger Crimes|
(sexual) On September 23, 2005, a 44-year-old male crew (from San Francisco) was arrested and charged with kidnapping and sexual assault of a 22-year-old female crew (from Oregon). The incident occurred on board, while the ship was docked in call port Kahului (Maui).
|29 July 2005||Propulsion / Power Loss|
On July 29, 2005, on the 7-day Hawaiian cruise (itinerary July 23-30), the vessel experienced an engine issue that resulted in ~4 hours late arrival in call port Hilo and ~4 hours early leaving from call port Kauai.
|14 January 2004||Other Incidents|
On January 14, 2004, the first ever incident on the NCL America ship was at the shipbuilding yard in Germany. Although there was a planned launch for April 2004, the delivery was cancelled and pushed back to 2005 after a heavy storm considerably damaged the vessel while docked at Lloyd Werft. The ship was even partially sank at its berth, with the 3 lower decks sinking under water. The whole engine area was also flooded.
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