Update: Norwegian Cruise Line had confirmed that Norwegian Spirit set sail as scheduled on Sunday. No ship itineraries were affected by this incident.
(May 25) -- Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Spirit smashed into a Manhattan pier this morning. No one was hurt in the accident.
Support beams for a parking lot were damaged when the ship hit Pier 90 on the Hudson River while attempting to dock at the adjacent Pier 88. According to the New York Buildings Department, the Pier is not at risk to collapse.
Norwegian Spirit was returning to New York from an eight-night Eastern Caribbean sailing.
Cruise Critic member carol louise was at the scene. She writes on the NCL message boards, "We were between Pier 88 and 90 rotating clockwise to tie up on the north side of Pier 88 and just kept coming closer and closer to Pier 90. I was wondering if it was an optical illusion that we seemed so close, and then the tip of the bow actually hit Pier 90. It scraped along for maybe 20 feet, damaging the outside of the pier somewhat. On the ship, the collision partially broke and mangled the little platform that extends from the tip of the bow. There is a radar connected to it, and it stopped turning, as apparently a connection was ripped."
The bow of the ship was marred in the collision, but at this point, we don't know the extent of the damage, or if any future cruises will be affected.
Cruise Critic has reached out to NCL for comment. Stay tuned for updates.
Add this to the list of unfortunate happenings that have haunted NCL this year -- including the passenger who fell overboard to her death on Norwegian Dawn in early May, various legal problems and Norwegian Jade's minor listing at sea.
--by Caroline Costello, Editorial Assistant
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Update: Norwegian Spirit Smashes into Pier
May 27, 2008