Canceling its nine-night voyage to Alaska, the Norwegian cruiser docked in Seattle harbor after crashing into an iceberg on June 23. The cruise ship was transitioning to Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier when it collided with a growler, the passenger liner told ABC News. No one on the ship was injured and all custodians and crew made it safely to the port where the ship was docked for repairs.
Upon killing a growler, Norwegian Sun was immediately re-shipped to Juno, where it was inspected. A spokesman for the ship told the Associated Press, the ship was cleared by the US Coast Guard and local maritime officials to return to Seattle at “low speed”, and began its voyage, arriving in Seattle harbor on June 28. Future voyages to the ship were canceled in the meantime.
Watch: Norwegian Sun hits iceberg on its way to Alaska
Video taken from the deck shows the bow of the ship crashing into a snowflake above the surface of the water. As ABC News reports, the Norwegian Sun struck a growler, which, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, is a mass of ice that is hidden only 3.3 feet above the water and about 6.6 feet below the surface. Watch a video of the Norwegian Sun colliding with a large mass of ice that bears witness to the comparison of the plot of the Oscar-winning Hollywood film Titanic.
Passengers aboard the Norwegian Sun were shocked when the ship collided with an iceberg. A Nevada family member told ABC News that some people fell as a result of the impact, adding that the buzzing sound was something like “the door is being slammed.” Another passenger, Benjamin Talbot, who was on deck at the time of the incident, asked his brother to grab his mobile phone to record the unique real-life experience of hitting an iceberg. “Then all of a sudden, boom, the whole ship shook. And I’m like, ‘Well, what’s going on?’ And then I had to start recording and I looked at the front of the ship and I saw this iceberg just rolling over and coming down. And I was like, Oh my god, we hit an iceberg,” Talbot told ABC News. Told.
Speaking to ABC, a spokesman for the liner said that Norwegian Sun was “encircled by Sense fog,” thus, limiting visibility and consequently peeping into Growler. Such “burgee bits” are common when passing through Alaskan waters, Stewart Chiron, cruise ship industry expert, told ABC. They are fragments that have melted and floated away from the melted glaciers.
(image: Associated Press)