Cruise Passenger Assaulted on Holland America Cruise Ship

February 14, 2014

(7:59 p.m. EST) -- A crewmember assaulted a woman cruising onboard Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam early Friday morning, the cruise line said. She is in stable condition, according to the line. Holland America says the assailant is under guard on the ship.

Holland America released this 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."

According to Cruise Critic's message boards, the ship had been chartered for a nude cruise. Cruise Critic has reached out to Bare Necessities Tour and Travel, which offered the Cruise Nude sailing, for more information. A message on the company's voicemail stated the office was closed until February 18 as employees are also on the cruise.

-- By Dori Saltzman, News Editor