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Westerdam and Half Moon Cay Staff Rescue Distressed Boaters

On February 16, at approximately 10:00 a.m. while at Half Moon Cay, Westerdam received a mayday call. Captain Henk Keijer relayed that a 16-foot Boston whaler boat with engine failure reported being located to the southwest, having been adrift for two days. While adrift the whaler spotted two cruise ships: Westerdam and Princess at Eleuthera Island.

Working together with staff from Half Moon Cay, the island’s Half Moon Clipper was released by the island manager to search for the distressed vessel, and visual contact with the Boston whaler was established with binoculars from Westerdam’s bridge wing. The Half Moon Clipper picked up assistance from the Westerdam including one deck officer, water and a towrope, and was then directed by the ship toward the Boston whaler.

Shortly thereafter the Half Moon Clipper was in position with Boston whaler approximately 10 nautical miles from Half Moon Cay and took it in tow after rescuing two people. The rescue operation took just over two hours. After the rescue, the stranded passengers were treated for dehydration and returned home Eleuthera that evening.

Half Moon Clipper returns to Half Moon Cay with two rescued people and a distressed Boston Whaler in tow.

  • Latrice

    What is the capcity of this ship?

  • Julie

    Westerdam’s capacity is 1,916.

  • Rocio

    We will be cruising with a 6 month baby any one has requested the baby crib? how it should i bring my play and pack?

  • Julie

    If you call Reservations, they can have a pack-n-play ready for you on arrival in your stateroom.

  • barbara prevost

    Do we need to dress up at dinner or can we go casual with slacks and a nice top??

  • Julie

    Barbara, depending on the length of your cruise there will be formal nights in addition to the causal nights. Typically 2 per seven-night voyage. Should you choose to remain casual you can dine in the Lido. Have fun! Julie, HAB editor

  • Kathy

    Is there a public laundromat on the Westerdam?

  • Kathy

    Is there a phone number for the Westerdam where we could be reached in case of emergency?

  • Lola

    Do you still offer photo ops with the tuxedo waiter in the water holding the tray of Champagne?

  • Lola

    I meant at Half Moom Cay. Also–does cat. SA get priority boarding? Thanks.

  • Jeff

    Is there a place for guests to smoke cigars?

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