Crane Collapse Causes Second NCL Cruise Delay

December 12, 2010

(12 p.m. EST) -- Less than one week after a crane collapse at a Boston shipyard delayed the December 5 departure of NCL's Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Gem has also been affected.

A statement on the NCL Web site says Gem entered a scheduled dry dock late, due to the collapse. Although the line claims it thought the lost time could be recovered, that didn't happen, causing the ship to arrive in New York later than scheduled for its December 11 departure.

According to the statement, the ship was scheduled to leave New York at 7 p.m. yesterday, but Cruise Critic member arielmurphy, who was watching the sailaway via Webcam, said it didn't depart until 9:24 p.m. It will sail a revised itinerary, which includes Orlando's Port Canaveral on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Nassau on Wednesday from noon to 10 p.m.

Cruise Critic member Don Haynes says the sailing will forego a call on Great Stirrup Cay -- NCL's private island -- in order to adjust for the lost time, leaving some passengers confused. Member bragstarr says, "I DON'T get why they are canceling an entire port over three hours."

For their trouble, passengers will be compensated $100 per cabin in onboard credit.

We are currently awaiting further details from an NCL spokesperson, but we'll keep you posted.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor