SuperStar Aquarius accidents and incidents

SuperStar Aquarius cruise ship
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Former names
MS Windward, Norwegian Wind

Length (LOA)
229 m / 751 ft

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CruiseMapper's SuperStar Aquarius cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2150-passenger vessel owned by Star Cruises. Our SuperStar Aquarius 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • ship collision - 2003 (with MS Veendam)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2006
  • deaths – overboard (2010)
  • sea pollution - 2003 (North Pacific Ocean)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) - 2004 (54 / 2), 2006 (77 / 7), 2010 (3 crew with chickenpox)

Previously, the vessel was operated under the names Windward (1993-1998 by Kloster Cruise Line), Norwegian Wind (1998-2004 by NCL Norwegian Cruise Line) and SuperStar Aquarius (since 2004 by Star Cruises).

DateAccident
  19 September 2010Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On September 19, 2010, a 51-year-old male passenger jumped overboard from Deck 13, committing suicide. The incident occurred while the ship was returning back to homeport Hong Kong China from a 2-day mini cruise.

Reportedly, the man (of Chinese origin) was a gambler and jumped after losing ~USD 650,000 playing baccarat (card game) at the ship's Casino for nearly 12 hours.

The conducted search operation lasted for ~1 hour, when his body was fished out of the water.

  June 2010Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

In May-June 2010, the ship reported to Hong Kong China's health authorities 3 chickenpox illness cases. A 29-year-old male crew (deck utility worker) was reported sick on May 20. A 31-year-old male crew (deck utility worker) was reported sick on June 5. A 22-year-old female crew (card dealer in the onboard Casino) was reported on June 6.

  December 2006Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

(NCL MS Norwegian Wind) November-December 2006, CDC reported on itinerary Nov 29 to Dec 3, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 77 passengers (out of 1671, or 4,6%) and 7 crew (out of 691, or 0,01%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.

  25 October 2006Propulsion / Power Loss

(MS Norwegian Wind) On October 25, 2006, the NCL ship suffered an engine failure resulting in limited propulsion and reduced speed. The itinerary's cal port Nawiliwili (Kauai Island, Hawaii) had to be cancelled.

On October 26, while navigating near Maui Island (near call port Lahaina), the liner experienced a total blackout for ~7 hours, which affected all the onboard electricity (including lights, lifts, plumbing and vacuum toilet systems). During the power loss, all public restrooms and the dining rooms were closed, with the food being cooked and served outdoor on Lido Deck.

As compensation, all passengers received a complimentary drink plus US$50 per cabin in onboard credit.

  May 2004Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

(NCL MS Norwegian Wind) In May 2004, CDC reported on itinerary April 17 to May 3, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 54 passengers (out of 1681, or 3,2%) and 2 crew (out of 731, or 0,3%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.

The ship was on 17-day Pacific cruise ending in homeport Los Angeles CA.

  13 November 2003Ship Collision / Allision

(MS Norwegian Wind) On November 13, 2003, the NCL ship was docked in call port Cozumel Mexico, stern to stern with another cruise ship –  MS Veendam (Holland America Line / HAL).

At ~7:30 pm, a sudden gust of wind pushed MS Veendam into the NCL vessel. The incident resulted in a minor damage for the HAL ship (window cleaning walkway was deformed). The NCL ship suffered superstructure damages – portside aft dent, buckled floor (Deck 7), crimped pipe (Deck 8), burst sprinkler line (Deck 8). No injuries were reported.

  February 2003Sea Pollution

(MS Norwegian Wind) On February 6, 2003, the NCL ship was reported for sea pollution. Passengers reported that whole glass bottles, cans, plastic materials (plates, utensils, cups) as well as organic waste were tossed into the sea from the ship's stern.

The incident occurred in Pacific Ocean waters, between Hawaii and Kiribati (Tabuaeran / Fanning Atoll). The company responded it was a common practice and not illegal.

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