In our last blog, our admiralty lawyer commented on a recent fire aboard a Holland America ship that seems to be shrouded in mystery. The fire, which allegedly broke out on board the HAL ship Noordam, occurred on August 25, on the last night of an 11-night Mediterranean sailing. Now, we don’t actually know what really happened because the only bit of information we have on the incident is one passenger’s account on the matter.
The passenger took to the popular forum Cruise Critic to discuss what happened, noting that they were awoken at around 3 am by a fire alarm and subsequent announcement regarding the fire. A few minutes later, the passenger explained that the captain announced the fire had occurred in the vessel’s incinerator room. About 30 or so minutes later, the captain announced the fire was put out and everyone could go back to sleep.
If the passenger’s recount is accurate, then it would appear (on the surface) that the situation was addressed and resolved quickly. But as any admiralty lawyer at our firm can tell you, when it comes to the cruise industry, appearances can be deceiving. Continue reading →