NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) — Passengers on an Alaskan cruise had a harrowing experience last weekend when their ship struck a small iceberg in an incident caught on camera.
No one was reported injured when the Norwegian Sun struck the water hazard on Saturday June 25, but the Norwegian Cruise Line ship canceled the remainder of its scheduled itinerary to assess damage in Juneau on Monday before returning passengers to its port of departure. Seattle Tie.
The industry website CruiseHive.com reported that the ship’s captain informed passengers by letter that the remainder of the scheduled cruise was canceled and that the ship would be returning at reduced speed to Seattle, where it is expected to arrive Thursday morning.
The report says divers inspected the vessel in Juneau, but Norwegian did not disclose the extent of the damage found to the vessel’s hull. The cruise line told the website that passengers will receive a full refund for the truncated trip, along with a future cruise credit as compensation.
Norwegian issued a public statement which read: “On June 25, 2022, while transiting the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska, the Norwegian Sun was engulfed in heavy fog, limiting visibility and causing the ship to contact a growler. The ship sailed to Juneau, Alaska for further assessment, where it was decided that the current voyage would be shortened.
“The vessel has received clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard and other local maritime authorities to return to Seattle at reduced speed. All guests currently on board will disembark in Seattle as originally scheduled. We are communicating directly with all affected guests.
According to National Ocean Service, growlers are smaller fragments of ice the size of a truck or a grand piano. They generally extend no more than 3 feet above the water.
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