Cruise Ship Rescues Stranded Sailors

May 8, 2013

(11 a.m. EDT) -- Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam made an urgent detour on Saturday, May 4, when the crew received word of two stranded sailors whose 44-foot sailboat became disabled.

Nieuw Amsterdam was 35 nautical miles away from the scene when a call came in from the U.S. Coast Guard. At 9 p.m. local time, the cruise ship rescued two males, ages 29 and 61. Once onboard, both men were provided with food and accommodations after undergoing a security check.

Erik Elvejord, director of Public Relations at Holland America Line, told Cruise Critic that the men are in stable condition, and no issues were reported during the rescue.

At the time of the call, Nieuw Amsterdam was approximately 600 miles east of Bermuda on a transatlantic cruise to Europe. The men planned to disembark at the next port of call in the Portuguese municipality of Horta, Azores. Nieuw Amsterdam arrived there on schedule today.

--by Gina Kramer, Associate Editor