Cruise Critic reports that a Holland America Line (HAL) crew member assaulted a woman aboard HAL’s Nieuw Amsterdam yesterday.
According to Cruise Critic, HAL released the following statement:
"A 31-year-old female U.S. citizen on board ms Nieuw Amsterdam was assaulted by a crewmember in her cabin early this morning. The female guest was cared for in the ship’s hospital and was in stable condition prior to disembarking the ship today in Roatan, Honduras, for air transfer back to the U.S. Holland America Line is providing full support to the woman. We are shocked and deeply saddened by this incident. The safety of our guests is our utmost priority.
The crewmember was placed under guard where he will remain until remanded to authorities. The FBI and other appropriate authorities were notified. A thorough investigation is in progress.
The ship is on a seven-day Western Caribbean cruise which departed on Feb. 9, sailing roundtrip Fort Lauderdale."
Cruise Critic says that the cruise was organized by "Bare Necessities" which is a nude cruise travel company.
We last wrote about "Bare Necessities" when the Royal Caribbean cruise line kicked off a disabled cruise passenger from its cruise ship during a Bare Necessities cruise.
We have attended six Congressional hearing where crimes against cruise passengers have been discussed. Cruise lines will suggest that such incidents are "rare" but sexual assaults occur more often than companies like HAL will admit.
The HAL cruise ship returns to port in South Florida tomorrow. Will the FBI arrest the crew member?
February 18 2014 Update: HAL crew member held without bail after raping passenger and trying to throw her overboard.
Photo Images Credit: Bare Necessities
Read the Sun Sentinel data base of cruise lines assaults, including HAL.