norwegian sun is expected to resume passenger crossings this week after hitting an iceberg on Saturday June 25, 2022transiting the Hubbard Glacier, Alaska.
Immediately after the impact, which was captured on video by guests on board, the vessel slowed its speed and adjusted course to head for inspection in Juneau.
The current cruise has been canceled and two additional cruises canceled that the vessel has been inspected and repaired.
norwegian sun navigate again
The repairs are now complete and norwegian sun is ready to leave. Norwegian Cruise Line confirmed in a statement at sea trade this “No other cancellations are planned at this time”, and the ship’s next scheduled sailing – departing Seattle, Washington on Thursday, July 14, will proceed as planned.
This trip is a 7 night round trip itinerary with scheduled stops at Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Ketchikanand Victoria, plus a scenic day cruise near the Hubbard Glacier.
The ship is already docked in Seattle awaiting guests. Undoubtedly, the ship’s 906 international crew ensure that the ship is refreshed, cleaned and fully provisioned for her next sail.
Passengers on upcoming cruises are unlikely to notice anything different on the ship, as repairs are complete and cosmetic repairs – a refreshing scraped paint on the hull – are also likely complete.
Minor damage, but caution warranted
The Sun-class ship struck the iceberg – classified as a growler, a relatively low berg of small to moderate size, roughly equivalent to a grand piano or pickup truck – on June 25. Because much of the impact was below the waterline, the extent of the damage was uncertain and the ship needed proper inspections to certify its condition.
The hull was not punctured on impact and damage to the vessel was minor, but required repairs out of an abundance of caution.
No guests or crew members were injured as a result of the iceberg impact, and onboard services and operations were unaffected.
To allow time for repairs to be completed, Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled June 30 and July 5 sailings for the ship. This ensured not only that repairs could be completed correctly, but that all necessary supplies would be available for the most appropriate repair options.
Passengers on affected cruises have received a full refund, as well as Future Cruise Credit (FCC) compensation due to last-minute cancellations.
Reimbursement of airline change or cancellation fees were also considered, although such reimbursements had to be considered individually after customers submitted the necessary receipts or other claim documentation.
norwegian sun weighs 78,309 gross tons and has a capacity of 1,976 guests in double occupancy and up to 2,400 passengers when fully booked. She is one of five Norwegian Cruise Line ships offering sailings to Alaska this year, along with Norwegian happiness, Still Norwegian, Norwegian jeweland Norwegian spirit.
After finishing the Alaska season in October, norwegian sun will return first to Miami, then to New York, and finally to Lisbon, where she spend the winter offering a variety of European crossings to destinations around Spain, Portugal, Morocco and the Canary Islands.
norwegian sun will return to Seattle for the 2023 season in Alaska in May.