Norwegian Crown Resumes Course

June 7, 2006
Editor's Note: Norwegian Crown has begun its return journey to Philadelphia, on schedule. Divers did inspect the hull and found no significant damage from the ship's running aground.

NCL's Norwegian Crown ran aground this morning as it sailed between Bermuda's St. George's and Hamilton. The ship, under the navigational guidance of the local pilot -- and at the helm of the ship's captain -- was not damaged at first glance and passengers were not injured.

According to media reports, the ship ran aground at about 8:30 a.m. in shallow water at the top of Dundonald Channel. Two tugboats attempted to set it free, but were unsuccessful and have postponed their efforts until high tide, which falls between 5 - 7 p.m.

In the meantime, ship staffers set up a tendering system to ferry passengers onto shore.

The ship was tugged out of the grounding this evening and is now docked at Bermuda's Dockyards. The 34,250-ton, 1,050-passenger Norwegian Crown is on a seven-night cruise from Philadelphia. The ship departed on Sunday and is expected to return as scheduled.