Passengers onboard Norwegian Cruise Line's 93,500-ton, 2,400-passenger Norwegian Jade did not get to see Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa while en route from Venice to Naples this week, but they did get to view cruising from a whole new angle when the ship listed slightly due to a temporary technical issue.
According to an official statement from the cruise line, Jade "experienced a temporary technical issue that affected the ship's steering" and as a result, listed about eight degrees. No injuries were reported and the safety and security of the vessel was not compromised.
NCL spokeswoman AnneMarie Mathews tells us the list only lasted for a few seconds, and that the technical issue was with an electrically powered compass.
According to online reports, Jade's list emptied water from pools and toppled a buffet. To put the cause and effect in perspective, rewind to 2006 when Princess Cruises' Crown Princess experienced an unexpected severe list of 15 degrees after leaving Port Canaveral. During that incident, 240 passengers were treated onboard for injuries, such as cuts, abrasions, bruises and fractures; of these, 94 were transferred to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment.
Norwegian Jade's 12-day Mediterranean itinerary was not affected by the list. The cruise, which departed Istanbul on May 5, will end in Barcelona tomorrow as scheduled.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor
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