World Voyager accidents and incidents

World Voyager cruise ship


Length (LOA)
126 m / 413 ft

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CruiseMapper's World Voyager cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 200-passenger vessel owned by Atlas Ocean Voyages. Our World Voyager accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • Coronavirus - 2021 (5 crew)
  • boat rescue - 2022 (4x people on a sailing boat)

13 December 2022Boat Rescue

On December 13, 2022, while navigating approx 190 km / 115 mi to the northeast of Barbados, the ship received a mayday call/SOS from a sailing yacht in distress. World Voyager (mastered by Captain Vincent van Zijderveld) responded and immediately changed course, arriving at the site at ~3:30 pm (~19:30 UTC). A Zodiac (RIB boat) was launched to retrieve the four people on the boat. The rescued (an Austrian and three Moroccans) were disembarked in Bridgetown on Dec 16th.

The sailboat (navigated by the 65-year-old Helmut W./from Enns, Austria) was en route from Spain to Cape Verde when the engine died and the front sail tore apart. The boat was drifting in the Atlantic for ~2 weeks. After the last battery left, the Austrian captain radioed his son who then initiated the rescue operation.  The four men had not eaten for 10 days and had been drinking their last water reserves.

The incident occurred during a 15-day Transatlantic crossing from Europe to the Caribbean (, itinerary Dec 6-21 (from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands Spain, to Willemstad Curacao) with call ports Tarrafal (Sao Nicolau Island, Cape Verde), Sao Filipe (Fogo Island, Cape Verde), Bridgetown (Barbados), Port Elizabeth (Bequia Island, Grenadines) and Kralendijk (Bonaire Island, Netherlands Antilles).

September 2021Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

In mid-September 2021 German media sources reported a Coronavirus outbreak among the ship's crew. The first case was an engine room crew, and after retesting were discovered four more cases.

The outbreak was reported after disembarking the passengers from the previous voyage. None of the affected had contact with passengers. The Nicko Cruises-operated ship remained docked in Port Hamburg and under quarantine/not allowed to leave the port, so the next scheduled cruise was canceled. According to Nicko Cruises, World Voyager's entire crew was COVID-vaccinated.

Following the quarantine, the next voyage started on Sept 17 (Hamburg to Leixoes) visiting Holland, UK, France and Iberia, with call ports Amsterdam (Sept 18), Honfleur (20), Southampton (21), St Peter Port/Guernsey Island (22), Saint-Malo (23), Belle-Ile (24), Bordeaux (25), Gijon (27), La Coruna (28), ending in Leixoes-Oporto (on Sept 29).

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