In a dramatic video now making the rounds on social media, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sun, which is currently sailing in Alaska, made significant contact with a piece of ice floating in the water.
The incident is said to have happened over the weekend as the ship sailed near the Hubbard Glacier.
In the video, you can hear the shock of the passengers as the ship strikes, and then the size of the floating part is revealed. Although it is difficult to see the full scale of the ice, it is obviously of significant size:
Following contact, the ship was diverted to Juneau, Alaska, where it was assessed for impact damage.
According to Juneau Empire, “The vessel remained at Franklin Dock while undergoing diver inspections where it was determined to have sustained damage, according to Coast Guard Public Affairs Specialist Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn.”
However, the Coast Guard found that the ship could return to Seattle, but at a slower speed.
The cruise line has chosen to cancel the remainder of the current cruise. He is currently en route to Seattle. According to a letter posted on a CruiseCritic message boardship passengers will receive a full refund of their cruise fare, as well as 100% future cruise credit for another voyage.
We’ve reached out to NCL about the situation and what it means for upcoming Norwegian Sun cruises.
Norwegian told us that the next June 30, 2022 cruise originally scheduled from Seattle will be canceled as the ship undergoes repairs. You can see NCL’s full statement below:
“On June 25, 2022, while transiting the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska, the Norwegian Sun made contact with a growler. The vessel sailed to Juneau, Alaska for further assessment, where it was determined that the current voyage would be shortened, and the cruise scheduled to embark on June 30, 2022 will be cancelled, so that necessary repairs can be made.
The vessel received clearance from the US 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 communicate directly with all affected customers. Additional information will be provided as needed.
-Spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line
The Norwegian Sun was first launched in 2001. Measuring 848 feet long, the ship can carry nearly 2,000 passengers and 900 crew. The ship is cruising to Alaska this summer before transitioning to Europe in the fall.