Mother's Day No Fete for Norwegian Dawn

May 9, 2005

Folks booked on a special one-night Mother's Day cruise-to-nowhere from New York on Norwegian Dawn yesterday literally found themselves going nowhere when NCL announced that, due to another rough weather experience, the ship would be almost eight hours late.

If you recall, a few weeks ago Norwegian Dawn encountered a 70-ft. rogue wave off the coast of the Carolinas as the ship returned from its stops in the Bahamas and Florida. Then, Norwegian Dawn was a full day late returning "home" after a stop in Charleston, South Carolina, to repair the most severe damage.

In this case there was no freak wave -- just winds at 45 knots southeast of Cape Hatteras, according to NCL spokeswoman Susan Robison. Cruise Critic member cindysmile, onboard the storm-tossed voyage, posted a thread this morning in which she described the trip's last day: "The sea was rough ... and the winds were fearful. The captain finally announced that he was not going to fight it all anymore and cut the engines. It was a bit unsettling when all was quiet. I think it had a lot to do with what he did in the previous cruise involving the storm and he decided to play it safe and, as he said 'ride it out' instead of plowing through."

The ship arrived back in New York on Sunday as scheduled, though not until 4 p.m. (and debarkation didn't begin until 5:30 p.m.), which necessitated the cancellation of that day's one-night cruise.

Passengers who were booked on the canceled one-night trip will receive a full refund and a credit of 50 percent based on their one-night cruise fare to use toward another NCL cruise.

NCL is also offering another option -- those travelers who book passage on certain Dawn sailings will receive 100 percent credit rather than 50 percent. This offer is limited to cruises between now and the July 31 departure (with the exception of R Family Vacations' charter on July 10), as well as Dawn cruises on October 9 and October 19. The 100 percent offer is also extended to other New York-based ships; impacted folks can book Norwegian Crown voyages to Bermuda through the end of June and two sailings on Norwegian Spirit -- departures on November 27 and December 8.

Incidentally, Norwegian Dawn was not the only ship affected by the East Coast's tumultuous weather -- Princess' Golden Princess, slated to depart yesterday on its seasonal trans-Atlantic crossing, was delayed until today, and NCL's Norwegian Crown was a couple of hours late.

Norwegian Dawn's next cruise, scheduled to depart today, is not at all affected by the delay.