Norwegian Dawn runs aground near Bermuda

By ,   May 20, 2015 ,   Accidents

Norwegian Cruise Line's cruise ship Norwegian Dawn, which is based in Boston, ran aground off the coast of Bermuda. Passengers and crew are all safe, according to a statement from the line.

The NCL Norwegian Dawn was leaving King's Wharf, Bermuda, yesterday night (May 19, Tuesday), when it temporarily lost power. This affected the propulsion system, and according to the statement, the vessel "made contact with the channel bed". While Norwegian Dawn remains grounded, it had full power and onboard services continued as scheduled.

Passengers were tweeting that the ship hit the reef hard. The ship reportedly launched lifeboats, though there was no indication anyone was injured. Probably the boats have been checking the damage to the ship and reef.

As of 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, passengers had remained on board, waiting to hear when they would sail back to Boston.

WCVB (Boston TV station) broadcast a live interview with cruiser Rachel Hansen. While she called the accident “unsettling”, Hansen noted the crew were “doing their best to keep everyone calm”.

Though the running aground of Norwegian Dawn is probably caused by hitting a coral reef, it came at the corner of the 'Devil's Triangle'. The Bermuda Triangle is a patch of the Atlantic Ocean known for mysterious happenings, located between Miami FL, Puerto Rico and Bermuda.

The spot has been noted for extraordinary phenomenon since Christopher Columbus sailed through it during his sailings and said that a great flame of fire splashed into the water (possibly a meteor). The beginning of the 20th century saw a number of vessels go missing, including a Navy cargo ship with 300 crew aboard which mysteriously sank in 1918.

Norwegian Dawn, with 3,737 passengers and crew on board, was sailing a 7-night cruise round-trip from Boston, which departed on May 15. The next voyage is scheduled for May 22, also from Boston.

UPDATE: NCL announced that on May 20 (Wednesday) the Dawn ship had departed Bermuda at 3 pm and would return to Boston on Friday (May 22) as scheduled. Vessel’s structural integrity, as well as the technical issue which caused steering malfunction had been identified and corrected.

The next voyage of Norwegian Dawn departs from Boston May 22. All passengers sailing on the current cruise will receive a future credit of 15% of their fares to use towards a future NCL sailing.