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ms Rotterdam accidents and incidents

ms Rotterdam cruise ship


Length (LOA)
237 m / 778 ft

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CruiseMapper's ms Rotterdam cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 1685-passenger vessel owned by Holland America. Our ms Rotterdam 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • propulsion/power loss – 2004 (Atlantic Ocean)
  • pollution in Alaska – 1994 (13 times, fined US$2 mill)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2004 (38 / 7), 2006-South America (125)
  • deaths – overboard (2010)
  • injuries/crimes – 2004 (90 injured during Transatlantic crossing)
  • medevacs – 2016
  14 March 2020Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

On March 14, 2020, following Holand America Line's fleetwide suspension of passenger shipping operations (due to Coronavirus), MS Rotterdam ended the current Panama Canal transition cruise (San Diego to Fort Lauderdale) and returned to San Diego to disembark its passengers.

The 16-day itinerary (March 11-27) visited only Puerto Vallarta (Mexico, port stay 7 am - 4 pm) as the other call ports were cancelled - including Huatulco (Mexico), Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Corinto (Nicaragua), Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Panama Canal (Mar 21), Oranjestad (Aruba), Willemstad (Curacao) and Florida Port Everglades).

  27 October 2016Coast Guard Medevacs

On October 27, 2016, a 63-year-old female passenger (experiencing stroke-like symptoms) was medevaced (airlifted) by a USCG helicopter MH-60 Jayhawk. The incident occurred at ~9 am, while the ship was en-route from Boston MA to Fort Lauderdale FL, approx 95 km (60 mi) east of Virginia Beach VA. The woman, her husband and a crew nurse were flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

  26 February 2010Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On February 26, 2010, at ~10 am, a male passenger jumped overboard from Sports Deck 9 (open deck). The incident was witnessed by several passengers. The ship turned around quickly and conducted a search and rescue operation. At ~2 pm, it was joined by a USCG plane. At ~5 pm, the body was found and recovered.

  07 January 2006Crew / Passenger Deaths

On January 7, 2006, a male passenger died on the ship (death from natural causes).

  24 September 2004Propulsion / Power Loss

On September 24, 2004, the ship was on Transatlantic repositioning cruise from Europe to Canada and the USA. The Atlantic Ocean crossing coincided with Hurricane Karl (category 4 storm) that formed right in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, then turned north.

The unfortunate to navigate in such harrowing weather conditions vessel had numerous encounters with huge rogue waves (up to 30 ft / 9 m) and sustained serious damages. The situation became even worse when on Sept 24, while en-route to NYC, the ship lost power for ~3 hours right in the middle of the Atlantic. The engineering crew found an issue with the engines’ filter system. Accumulation of sediment in the lubricating filters forced the crew to shut down all the 5 diesel engines at ~6 pm. Soon the hotel operations were powered by the ship’s emergency generators, but both stabilizers became ineffective.

A total of 85 passengers and 5 crew suffered injuries. The most seriously injured were 2 passengers with fractures – a woman with broken femur (thigh bone) and a man with broken collarbone. The rest sustained bruises and minor contusions. The ship was diverted to Halifax (NS Canada) for medical assistance. Vessel's all lower portholes (cabins with non-opening windows) were completely underwater.

As compensation, all passengers received 50% refund, plus full refunds for all booked Halifax NS tours.

  April 2004Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

In April 2004, CDC reported on the voyage April 2 to 15, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 38 passengers (out of 1262, or 3%) and 7 crew (out of 560, or 1,3%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on 13-day Caribbean cruise roundtrip from homeport Baltimore MD.

  January 2004Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

December-January 2006, the ship reported during 22-day South American cruise (itinerary Dec 20, 2005, to Jan 11, 2006) from Buenos Aires Argentina to Valparaiso-Santiago Chile, Norovirus outbreak affected a total of 125 people (passengers and crew).

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.

  April 2000Structural and Technical Issues

In April 2000, during Pacific Ocean crossing cruise, the ship was hit by a rogue wave and sustained serious interior damages.

  1994Sea Pollution

In 1994, the vessel was reported 13 times for water pollution in Alaska. The discharged directly overboard wastewater also had oil in it. These incidents resulted in Holland America Line being fined a total of USD 2 million, of which 1 million was fine, and 1 million for restitution.

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