Bizarre Crash Strands Norwegian Dream, Celebrity Infinity
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dream is expected to depart from Uruguay's Montevideo today after the completion of repairs to the ship's bow and forward ballast tank.
Norwegian Dream collided with a cargo-carrying barge just outside of the port on Monday afternoon. At this point, NCL has confirmed that passengers aboard the 14-day around-the-horn South America cruise will miss at least two ports -- the Falklands' Port Stanley and Argentina's Puerto Madryn -- because of the accident and subsequent repairs.
As compensation, the line is offering guests a 50 percent refund of the cruise fare paid. This is in addition to a $150 per-person onboard credit (maximum of $300 per stateroom). Guests who choose to book a future cruise while onboard will receive a 15 percent certificate of credit based on the fare paid for the current voyage. NCL has also given guests the option to disembark the vessel and receive the 50 percent refund and onboard credit. And in the meantime, shore excursions have been arranged for guests in Montevideo.
What about the rest of the voyage? Cruise Critic member letsgomets, whose parents are onboard, posted this on the NCL forum: "They are sailing tonight -- the latest is that they are supposed to leave at 7 p.m. It seems that a number of passengers complained about missing Cape Horn as originally announced so NCL has reconfigured the itinerary to include Cape Horn, which means cutting out an additional port (a trade-off that disappointed my parents since there is a lot of spectacular scenery without the Cape and they already are missing so many ports).
"So they are going to spend the next four days at sea and end up on Tuesday at Punta Arenas a day behind schedule. They'll then skip Puerto Chacabuco and stop at Puerto Montt. So Punta Arenas and Puerto Montt will be the only two remaining ports. They'll arrive in Santiago on time."
We'll keep you posted.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor