UPDATE Wednesday Noon:
NCL’s latest statmenet and the last update on this:
On Wednesday, May 20, a thorough assessment of Norwegian Dawn was completed by Norwegian’s technical operations team, an independent dive team, and DNVGL inspectors, representing the ship’s classification society, while the ship was alongside in Heritage Wharf, Bermuda. The team confirmed the structural integrity of the ship and the technical issue which caused the steering malfunction was identified and corrected. The ship is expected to be cleared to depart Bermuda at 3pm today and resume sailing to Boston, and is expected to arrive on Friday as scheduled. Norwegian Dawn’s next voyage will depart as scheduled on May 22.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and greatly appreciate our guests’ understanding. All guests sailing on the current voyage will receive a future cruise credit of 15% of their cruise fare to use towards a future Norwegian cruise.
UPDATE Wednesday AM:
The Dawn berthed back in Kings Warf early this morning. The classifications society will be looking at the damage and then will make a decision as to what to do with this and the next sailing. As a result, the Norwegian Breakaway has arrived at anchorage in Grassy Bay and will remain there until the Dawn vacates her berth.
NCL has released a more in-depth statement:
On 5/19 at 5 ET, Norwegian Dawn had a temporary malfunction of its steering system, causing ship to sail slightly off course All guests and crew are safe and there were absolutely no injuries. The ship’s officers, engineers and an independent dive team have confirmed the structural integrity of the ship. With high-tide this evening, the ship was floated and moved to a nearby anchorage position where it will remain overnight. The ship will be thoroughly inspected in Bermuda by DNVGL, the ship’s classification society, before returning to Boston. The ship is fully operational with the full complement of onboard services available to guests. The ship is sailing on a 7-night Boston to Bermuda cruise with 2,443 passengers and 1,059 crew. We will provide additional updates in the morning when more information becomes available!
The Captain announced about 30 minutes ago that if we did make it off the reef, we would anchor a few hundreds yards away until morning.
— Jay (@ThatCantB_Right) May 20, 2015
According to passengers onboard and AIS, subsequently confirmed by NCL, the Norwegian Dawn has hit a reef while leaving Bermuda.
The 92,250 GT ship was making her way back to Boston at the conclusion of a routine 7-day Boston-Bermuda cruise.
As of this post tugs are maneuvering into position to reposition the vessel in the channel so divers can take a look at the hull. It’s important to stress that the ship has not experienced an ingress of water and no pollution is reported from the ship.
Her ETA back to Boston has not been updated.
NCL Statement on the event:
On Tuesday, May 19th at approximately 5:00 pm ET, Norwegian Dawn temporarily lost power as the ship was departing King’s Wharf, Bermuda. The ship’s propulsion was affected and, at which time, the vessel made contact with the channel bed. All guests and crew are safe. The ship’s team is currently assessing the situation and we will provide more information as it becomes available.
— CruiseInd (@cruiseind) May 19, 2015