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‘Norwegian Dawn’ To Depart After Grounding

After running aground in Bermuda’s North Channel, the cruise ship Norwegian Dawn, along with its reported 2,675 passengers, will soon depart the island, heading toward it original destination of Boston.

The adventure began on May 19, 2015, when the ship left Dockyard on its regularly scheduled departure; the vessel hadn’t journeyed far before it made contact with the channel bed after losing power, which affected its propulsion systems.

All of the Norwegian Dawn’s passengers were reported to be safe and sound, and the vessel’s grounding did not cause it to take in water.

Following the event, a Norwegian Cruise Line spokesperson reported that the ship’s officers, engineers and an independent dive team had confirmed the structural integrity of the ship, allowing it to be floated and moved to a nearby anchorage overnight.

Following an inspection in Bermuda by DNVGL on May 20, the ship’s classification society, the Norwegian Dawn and its guests will be ready to begin their trip to Boston anew.

A statement from Norwegian Cruise Lines said, “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 Warf, 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 ADT 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.”

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