NCL's Norwegian Crown ran aground this morning as it sailed between Bermuda's St. George's and Hamilton. The ship, under the navigational guidance of the local pilot -- and at the helm of the ship's captain -- was not damaged at first glance and passengers were not injured.
According to media reports, the ship ran aground at about 8:30 a.m. in shallow water at the top of Dundonald Channel. Two tugboats attempted to set it free, but were unsuccessful and have postponed their efforts until high tide, which falls between 5 - 7 p.m.
In the meantime, ship staffers set up a tendering system to ferry passengers onto shore.
The ship was tugged out of the grounding this evening and is now docked at Bermuda's Dockyards. The 34,250-ton, 1,050-passenger Norwegian Crown is on a seven-night cruise from Philadelphia. The ship departed on Sunday and is expected to return as scheduled.