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Norwegian Cruise Ship cancels port due to mechanical issue

Due to an undisclosed mechanical issue, norwegian dawn will no longer be calling at Costa Maya as scheduled, but will return directly to Tampa, Florida after its stopover in Roatan, Honduras. Passengers have been advised of the route change, which should not affect the ship’s return to its home port.

Port of call canceled

According to an announcement made on board and a letter delivered to guests on March 31, norwegian dawn encounters a mechanical problem and missed his scheduled visit to Costa Maya on April 1, 2022.

Instead, the ship spent the night in Roatan, Honduras, where it had traveled on March 31, and is now returning directly to Tampa.

The letter, signed by the ship’s captain, Captain Ronnie Borg, explained, “As you may have heard from our previous announcement, Norwegian Dawn is experiencing a mechanical issue. While this issue does not affect the safety of the vessel, it will prevent us from following our planned route.

“We do not anticipate any delays in our scheduled arrival in Tampa, but will ensure to provide additional updates as required. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment this unexpected situation may cause,” the letter continued.

Norwegian dawn (Photo credit: Wangkun Jia / Shutterstock)

norwegian dawn is currently sailing on a 7 night Caribbean itinerary which left Tampa on Sunday March 27th. The ship has previously visited Cozumel, Mexico and Harvest Caye, Norwegian Cruise Line’s private island in Belizeas well as overnight port of call in Roatan.

Shore visits reimbursed

The letter goes on to explain that guests who have booked shore excursions through Norwegian Cruise Line will have these costs automatically refunded to their onboard accounts.

For customers who have booked independent tours, telephone access and laptops with limited internet access are provided so passengers can contact tour operators to cancel.

Whether or not passengers can get a refund for canceled independent tours will depend on the individual tour operators and their cancellation policies.

What is the problem?

The nature of norwegian dawnThe mechanical problem of has not been disclosed, and there could be several possibilities. If the vessel has developed engine difficulties which have affected its cruising speed, it may not be able to complete the planned itinerary without significant delays, and therefore it is best to return directly to Tampa.

Norwegian cruise ship Dawn
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While Roatan, Honduras is farther from Tampa than from Costa Maya on the Mexican mainland, the vessel may not be able to spend time in dock and return to Tampa on schedule if its cruising speed is significantly reduced. scaled down. A long delay in the ship’s return would impact not only the disembarkation and return journey of all passengers, but also the boarding and departure for the ship’s next voyage.

No announcements have been made as to whether there will be any route changes or other modifications to the vessel’s upcoming sail, a 7-day sail identical to the current voyage.

Another issue that could cause such a port cancellation is if there were difficulties with the gangways or mooring mechanisms on the ship, which could make stopping in Costa Maya more difficult. Returning to Tampa would place the ship in a better equipped port if additional equipment is needed to dock properly.

norwegian dawn is the namesake ship of the cruise line’s Dawn class. Only the 92,250 ton ship resumption of service from December 8, 2021the tenth ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet to restart passenger operations following the pandemic shutdown.

It can accommodate 2,340 people in double occupancy and up to 2,800 people when full. The last major renovation of the ship dates back to 2016.

Norwegian cruise ship Dawn