ms Nieuw Amsterdam accidents and incidents

ms Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship


Length (LOA)
285 m / 935 ft

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CruiseMapper's ms Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2527-passenger vessel owned by Holland America. Our ms Nieuw Amsterdam 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • fire – 2000*
  • ship grounding – 2017 (Huatulco, Mexico)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2010 (134 / 6), 2017 (73 / 4)
  • injuries/crimes – sexual (2014)
  10 October 2017Ship Grounding

On October 10, 2017, the ship run aground in call port Huatulco Mexico, after its mooring ropes broke up due to stormy weather. All passengers were offered to disembark and go to local hotels overnight.

However, soon after the vessel’s inspection (which showed no significant hull damages) it was allowed to resume the voyage. The ship was on the 5th day of 16-day Panama Canal repositioning cruise (itinerary Oct 5-21) from San Diego CA to Fort Lauderdale FL.

  July 2017Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

In July 2017, CDC reported on itinerary July 22-29, a Norovirus outbreak affected a total of 73 passengers (out of 2210, or 3,3%) and 4 crew (out of 869, or 0,5%). The ship was on 7-day Alaskan cruise roundtrip from homeport Vancouver (BC Canada).

  15 February 2014Crew / Passenger Crimes

(sexual) On February 15, 2014, a 31-year-old female passenger (of US origin) suffered severe injuries after being sexually assaulted and beaten by a 28-year-old male crew. The terrible accident occurred in international waters, near Honduras' coast.

The ship was on 7-day “Bare Necessities” (nudist-themed) cruise booked by the “Necessities Tour & Travel” agency. The 7-day Western Caribbean voyage was a roundtrip from homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida.

The crew (Ketut Pujayasa, of Indonesian origin) worked on the ship as cabin attendant. On this position, he had a master key giving him access to all passenger staterooms, including the victim’s. In the middle of the night, he entered the cabin without permission, hid on the balcony, waited until the woman fell asleep, then entered the room, raped and beat her brutally. Then, after punching and strangling her, he tried to throw her off the cabin’s balcony.

The assault lasted for 30 -60 min. The woman was severely beaten using curling iron and her laptop computer. He strangled her using the cords of the phone and the iron in attempt to prevent her from screaming. When she managed to escape, another passenger saw her running covered in blood and with visible bruises around the neck and shoulders.

The woman was treated in the onboard infirmary, later disembarked in next call port Coxen Hole (Roatan Island, Honduras) and air-ambulanced to South Florida. The man was arrested and charged with violent sexual assault.

(law news) On May 30, 2015, a lawsuit against Holland America was filed in Seattle WA.

(law news) On January 7, 2015, while guidelines suggested punishment of 14 to 17 years in federal prison, being requested by prosecutors, the Judge sentenced him to 30 years 5 months in jail (USP Beaumont, federal prison for males in Texas, USA).

  11 June 2013Other Incidents

On June 11, 2013, a Croatian news media reported that the vessel came and stopped too close (approx 500 ft / 150 m) to a popular beach at Split Croatia (Kastelet Beach) and was only meters away from running aground. The ship came to the safety buoys causing a serious panic. Then it moved to ~1600 ft / 500 m from the shore and accounted. At ~8 am started the passenger disembarkation via tender boats.

  November 2010Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

October-November 2010, CDC reported on the voyage Oct 18 to Nov 7, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 134 passengers (out of 2027, or 6,6%) and 6 crew (out of 873, or 0,7%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship arrived in homeport Fort Lauderdale on Nov 7 and was thoroughly sanitized before next embarkation.

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