A Norwegian Cruise Line ship en route to an Alaskan glacier hit an iceberg over the weekend and is now in the process of turning back due to damage, according to reports.
The ship, called Norwegian Sun, rammed the minor iceberg, also known as the growler, on Saturday and was redirected to Juneau for inspection.
“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 with a grunt,” a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise at Cruise Hive, a blog dedicated to cruise news. .
“The vessel remains fully operational and is currently en route to Juneau, Alaska for evaluation,” the spokesperson said Sunday.
On Monday, the Empire Juneau reported that the ship sustained damage after divers inspected it and had to return to Seattle for repairs, according to Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn.
Littlejohn said the ship called the Coast Guard to report the incident and told officials there were no injuries, according to Juneau Empire.
He reportedly said “there is great confidence” that the ship will return safely to Seattle.
An email to Norwegian public relations was not returned on Monday evening.
A passenger was with six of her loved ones for a family vacation that was postponed for three years due to the COVID pandemic.
Alicia Amador, of Phoenix, Arizona, told Juneau Empire that she heard a “loud bang” and then the ship moved as if it had hit something. She estimated the iceberg to be “the size of a tractor-trailer”.
“The whole boat came to a complete stop because of the impact,” Amador told Empire Juneau. “It was a scary experience.”
She told the newspaper that Norwegian told her on Monday that the rest of the trip was canceled and the ship would arrive in Seattle on Thursday. She said her family had been told she would be reimbursed.