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Norwegian cruise ship hits iceberg in Alaska, skips port of call

Norwegian Cruise Line has confirmed to Cruise Hive that the norwegian sun a cruise ship came into contact with a small iceberg (growler) due to heavy fog while traveling in Alaska. As a result, the ship was forced to skip a port of call and head for Juneau to assess the damage.

The 78,309 gross ton Sun-class vessel was due to arrive at Skagwayone of the northernmost ports of call on her current 9-night itinerary from Seattle at 8 a.m. local time on Saturday, June 26, 2022.

However, at 4 p.m. local time, the ship is still reported much further south of Skagway, south of juneau, turning to the state capital. Juneau is about 100 miles southeast of Skagway. It comes after the norwegian sun struck a small iceberg on its way to Hubbard Glacier, Alaska due to dense fog at the time.

Sun of Norway (Photo credit: James R. Martin / Shutterstock)

A Norwegian Cruise Line spokesperson told Cruise Hive, “On June 25, 2022, while transiting the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska, the Norwegian Sun was engulfed in heavy fog, limiting visibility and causing the ship to contact a growler.

NCL went on to say, “The vessel remains fully operational and is currently en route to Juneau, Alaska for evaluation. Additional information will be provided as needed.

According to tracking data, norwegian sun is indeed en route to Juneau at the moment, which means that the layover in Skagway is cancelled. Expected arrival in Juneau is approximately 5 p.m. local time. While in Juneau, the cruise line will assess any damage to the ship.

What happened?

At this time, there has been no official damage assessment norwegian sunbut the ship continues towards Juneau, although at a much slower speed than usual.

Passengers on the ship reported very thick fog conditions on Friday, which would have caused the ship to slow significantly as a safety measure.

The vessel may have hit the iceberg in such a way that it caused damage to the propeller, engine or hull. Growlers – small, low-lying icebergs that can be the size of a piano or a truck – are relatively common in the region.

Passengers on norwegian sun reported shivering and rattling sounds that may have been related to the ice impact confirmed by the cruise line.

Norwegian cruise ship Sun
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Such damage would require inspection before the vessel could resume normal speed. Juneau divers may be able to inspect the vessel and determine if there is any damage or if repairs are needed.

The coming days

norwegian sun was scheduled to stop in Juneau on Sunday, June 27, 2022, as part of its planned itinerary. Depending on the outcome of a dive inspection, it is possible that the vessel will be cleared to resume normal operations and continue to Skagway, but this seems unlikely given the vessel’s current speed.

The remainder of the current itinerary tours the ship Ketchikan on Monday, June 28 and in Victoria, BC on Tuesday, June 29.

However, if the ship cannot maintain an adequate speed, it is possible that the port call at Ketchikan will also be canceled so that the ship can proceed to Victoria for a reasonable visit. Alternatively, port times in Ketchikan and Victoria can be shortened if necessary.

norwegian sun is expected to return to Seattle, Washington on Wednesday, June 30, 2022. Stay tuned to Cruise Hive for further updates on this developing story.

Norwegian sunshine in Alaska