The cruise liner Norwegian Dawn ran into a reef and grounded as it was sailing from Bermuda yesterday. A statement released by owners Norwegian Cruise Line said that although the vessel could not move as it was stuck fast, none of the almost 3,700 passengers and crew aboard had been injured.
The statement continued by saying the incident took place at about 17:00 local time and soon after the Norwegian Dawn had sailed from King’s Wharf on Bermuda’s Ireland Island. It added that despite the fact the vessel could not move, there was no problem with the onboard power supply and guests’ amenities were functioning as normal.
Bermuda’s coast guard also said nobody on board had been injured and an inspection had showed that the Norwegian Dawn was not taking on seawater. The Marine and Ports Service Department officers were on hand and weighed up the option of evacuating passengers and crew.
As there seemed to be no danger, the department waited for high tide and the vessel floated off of its own accord. Norwegian Cruise Line said later that an independent team of divers had ascertained that the Norwegian Dawn had sustained no structural damage and its hull and superstructure were sound.
The firm also noted that an inspection by the boat’s own officers and engineers had reached the same conclusion. The spokesperson said the vessel would anchor overnight near Bermuda and await a further examination by DNV-GL maritime classification society experts before resuming its voyage to the US port of Boston.