January 14, 2004
Norwegian Cruise Line's still-under-construction Pride of America, docked at Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, took on water last night during a severe storm with high winds. Water reached up to the third deck (and in the engine room) in the 81,000-ton, 2,100-passenger ship and it listed about 15 degrees. The ship, according to a statement from NCL, "is resting on the bottom and is now secure." Which means Pride of America is resting on the sea bed in 11 meters of water. Despite somewhat hysterical media reports, the ship at no point actually sank.
Workers were safely evacuated from the ship.
The company, relying on word from the shipyard, says that Pride of America should be refloated in the next few days. At that point, Lloyd Werft will provide a damage assessment and NCL will alert us to potential delay in the ship's delivery schedule. Pride of America had been on target for its scheduled late April delivery to NCL.