Two Cruise Ship Passengers Evacuated After Nieuw Amsterdam Alaska Fire

This day in cruise history: On May 23, 2000, Holland America Line cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam was on a  7-day cruise between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Seward, Alaska.

The cruise ship had 1,169 passengers and 542 crew aboard at 0911 hours, an alarm sounded on the bridge’s fire detection system console, indicating that a smoke detector in crew cabin D98 on D deck had activated.

Investigators discovered one of four crew members who resided in cabin D98, stated that he had returned to his cabin to have a cup of tea and had plugged in a coffee maker to heat the water when he was called back to work. He said that he had switched off the coffee maker but had not unplugged it.

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