Category Archives: Holland America


Nov

12

2015

Faulty Sliding Doors, Errant Golf Balls: Cruise Ships Can Be Dangerous

A jury in a U.S. District Court in Seattle recently awarded an Illinois man $21 million in damages resulting from an injury to his head after being struck by an automatic sliding door on the Holland America ship. James Hausman was injured when the sliding doors on the M/S Amerstadam he was exiting through, quickly closed on him, forcefully impacting his head. The result? Minor…

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Nov

04

2015
Jury Awards Hurt Cruise Ship Passenger $21 Million

Jury Awards Hurt Cruise Ship Passenger $21 Million

Holland America Cruise Line ended up on the wrong end of another lawsuit recently, this time to the tune of a $21 million verdict. An Illinois man was awarded $21 million in damages resulting from an injury to his head after being struck by an automatic sliding door on the Holland America ship. Read more about this recent case here. Apparently, as information became available…

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Jun

26

2015
9 Cruise Ship Passengers Dead After Sightseeing Plane Crashes in Alaska

9 Cruise Ship Passengers Dead After Sightseeing Plane Crashes in Alaska

9 passengers from the Holland America Line cruise ship Westerdam were killed on Thursday, June 25 as the sightseeing plane they were traveling on crashed into an Alaska mountainside. View the video coverage from in Seattle. Read the full report here as well. Nine people were killed when a sightseeing float plane carrying eight cruise ship passengers and a pilot crashed against the granite rock…

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Apr

21

2015
Breaking News: 3 Injured on Holland America Cruise Ship

Breaking News: 3 Injured on Holland America Cruise Ship

Reports from various media sources, including WSVN in Miami, indicate that three passengers were removed from the Holland America cruise ship Ryndam on Monday night, April 20. Officials described the injuries as ‘medical emergencies’ requiring the passengers be transported from the cruise ship, by Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue to Miami area and Jacksonville area hospitals. An interesting quote in the article: “You rarely get a…

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Apr

03

2015
FBI Investigating Possible Murder-Suicide on Holland America Cruise Ship

FBI Investigating Possible Murder-Suicide on Holland America Cruise Ship

Murder-Suicide? Double murder? We don’t know the answers yet to this story but will be following up with details as they’re made available. Details are still coming forward, but apparently the Holland America cruise ship Ryndam was the scene of a murder-suicide…and now the FBI is investigating the incident. The initial reports from Fox News, CNN and other news outlets from Thursday April 2 tell…

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Apr

03

2015
Murder-Suicide on Holland America Cruise Ship?

Murder-Suicide on Holland America Cruise Ship?

Details are still coming forward, but apparently the Holland America cruise ship Ryndam was the scene of a murder-suicide…at least that’s the story as of Friday, April 3. The initial reports from Fox News, CNN and other news outlets from Thursday April 2 tell of a bloody scene inside of a passenger cabin in which a couple from Cleveland were found dead. Quoted from the…

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Jan

09

2015

Holland America Cruise Ship Rescues 8 Crewmembers From Sinking Vessel Near Aruba

News reports tell of the Holland America cruise ship Zuiderdam rescuing  crewmembers from a sinking vessel in the Caribbean waters near Oranjestad, Aruba on January 3. Per an article in MarineLink.com… At 2:10 a.m. Jan. 3, 2015, while en route to Oranjestad, Aruba, Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam answered a distress call from the Bahamian inter-island vessel Excalibur that was sinking with eight crewmembers onboard….

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Dec

29

2014

Cruise Ship Worker Who Attacked Passenger Could Get Longer Prison Time

A Holland America crew member who attacked a passenger – attempting to rape and kill the female passenger – may face a tougher punishment than first thought. Because the crimes were ‘so extreme’ and had ‘devastating effects’ on the passenger, a push will be made for tougher sentencing to match the severity of the assault. Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine Koontz has suggested a punishment of…

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Jun

30

2014

Holland America Cruise Ship Suffers Engine Room Fire – All Passengers Safe

According to news reports, a Holland America cruise ship returned to port in Seattle because of an engine room fire. The boat was Holland America’s Westerdam. Fortunately, none of the 3,000+ passengers or cruise ship crew members were hurt or injured because of the fire. Evacuation of the cruise ship was apparently not necessary. It seems as though Holland America acted quickly and appropriately after…

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