ms Zaandam accidents and incidents

ms Zaandam cruise ship


Length (LOA)
202 m / 663 ft

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CruiseMapper's ms Zaandam cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 1718-passenger vessel owned by Holland America. Our ms Zaandam 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.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 - 2019
  • propulsion/power loss - 2009
  • pollution in Alaska - 2010 (3 times)
  • illness - 2009 (swine flu)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) - 2003 (100 pax), 2006 (64 / 4), 2007 (91 / 8), 2008 (100 / 13), 2009 (74 / 21), 2018 (95 / 18)
  • deaths - overboard (2009)
  26 April 2019Fire Accident

On April 26, 2019, at ~1:30 am, while the liner was en-route from Fort Lauderdale to Boston, via the PA system the Captain informed passengers and crew about a small fire in the incinerator room. Shortly after the alarm was sound, smoke was detected in Main Deck's/deck 2's forward hallway. It could be also smelled outside on deck 3 (Lower Promenade Deck). On April 27, the Captain announced that the fire was caused by smoldering garbage disposal in the waste incineration room. Due to high Saint Lawrence River water levels (reducing Jacques Cartier Bridge's clearance), the itinerary was changed by dropping/canceling Port Montreal. After the arrival in Quebec City (May 3), all passengers were disembarked and transferred to Montreal via buses.

The accident occurred during the 10-day Florida to Canada repositioning cruise (itinerary April 24 - May 4) from Fort Lauderdale to Montreal, with call ports Boston MA (April 27), Bar Harbor ME (April 28), Halifax NS (April 29), Sydney NS (April 30), Prince Edward Island/Charlottetown (May 1), and Quebec City (May 3).

  June 2018Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

June-July 2018, CDC reported on itinerary June 18 to July 2, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 95 passengers (out of 1472, or 6,5%) and 18 crew (out of 591, or 3,1%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (predominantly vomiting and diarrhoea) and were quarantined to their cabins.

The ship was on 14-days Alaskan cruise roundtrip from homeport Seattle WA to Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak Island, Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, and Victoria BC.

  29 May 2016Other Incidents

On May 29, 2016, the ship arrived in call port Seward AK with a dead fin whale lodged on its bulbous bow. The incident was reported to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Investigators were dispatched to the scene to remove the dead whale from the ship and send it for a necropsy.

  19 October 2012Propulsion / Power Loss

On October 19, 2012, mechanical problems during Alaska to Hawaii cruise (Vancouver to Honolulu) forced the vessel to diverse from its course to California and make an unscheduled stop in San Diego for repairs.

  2010Sea Pollution

In 2010, the vessel was reported 3 times for water pollution in Alaska. Tests on Aug 8, Aug 22 and Sept 5 showed higher than allowed levels of ammonia in the discharged wastewater.

  03 August 2009Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On August 3, 2009, a 45-year-old female passenger was reported missing and presumed fell overboard. The ship was in Alaska, en-route to Glacier Bay from Juneau AK.

The woman (Amber Malkuch) was last seen at ~12:30 am (ordering from the room service menu) and was reported missing in the morning at ~9 am by her friend. The conducted by the ship search operation failed to find the body.

Later, USCG assets (1 helicopter, 2 rescue boats), two patrol boats and 2 planes from Civil Air Patrol continued the search. At ~4:30 pm (Aug 3), a helicopter found the woman’s body on a beach on Douglas Island (west of Juneau).

  06 June 2009Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

On June 6, 2009, five crew tested positive for swine influenza (aka swine flu) during 7-day Alaskan cruise (itinerary May 29 - June 5) roundtrip from homeport Seattle WA.

  February 2009Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

In February 2009, CDC reported on voyage Feb 5 to 20, a Norovirus outbreak affected 74 passengers (out of 1408, or 5,3%) and 21 crew (out of 590, or 3,6%).

  13 January 2009Propulsion / Power Loss

On January 13, 2009, the vessel suffered a propulsion loss for ~1 min. In one of its diesel-electric generators (number 5), a currency transformer in the alternator exploded, caused grounding out and shutdown of the main switchboard.

Soon, the emergency diesel generator started. No injuries or fire were reported. The ship soon regained its main power generation and arrived on schedule in call port Lahaina (Maui, Hawaii).

  April 2008Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

March-April 2008, CDC reported on voyage Mar 19 to Apr 3, a Norovirus outbreak affected 100 passengers (out of 1428, or 7%) and 13 crew (out of 611, or 2,1%). The ship was on 15-day Mexico and Hawaii cruise roundtrip from homeport San Diego CA.

  November 2007Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

In November 2007, CDC reported on voyage Nov 5 to 20, a Norovirus outbreak affected 91 passengers (out of 1371, or 6,6%) and 8 crew (out of 616, or 1,3%). The ship was on 15-day Around Hawaii cruise from San Diego CA.

  December 2006Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

November-December 2006, CDC reported on voyage Nov 26 to Dec 11, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 64 passengers (out of 1431, or 4,5%) and 4 crew (out of 617, or 0,7%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on 15-day Mexico and Hawaii cruise roundtrip from homeport San Diego CA.

  August 2003Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks

In August 2003, unofficially was reported that on voyage Aug 23 to 30, a total of 100 Norovirus cruise passengers were disembarked from the ship in all 3 Alaskan ports of call. The affected passengers were later reimbursed for all their expenses while ashore.

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