June 9, 2003
Norwegian Cruise Line announced today it has now canceled scheduled sailings aboard Norway through its September 28 sailing. The company says it intends to resume sailings beginning October 5. However, in a statement NCL says "The latest assessment of damage remains consistent with the earlier view that it is extensive but manageable. It will require the boiler involved in the accident (one of four boilers on Norway) to be completely rebuilt, as well as rebuilding other technical spaces, automation systems, and equipment destroyed or damaged in the blast." The company is currently contacting travel agents and passengers to notify them of the cancellations. Passengers booked on the cancelled voyages will receive a full refund. In addition, if these passengers rebook on another NCL cruise they will receive a $50 discount per person, valid for up to one year, with a maximum of $100 per cabin. Passengers needing more information about the cancellations should call 1-800-327-7030 or speak with their travel agents. The National Transportation Safety Board continues its investigation into the accident and NCL says it is fully cooperating. In other positive news about Norway, two more of the injured crewmembers have been released from the hospital. Four crewmembers remain hospitalized, three in stable condition and one in critical condition.