Norwegian Dawn on the Bermuda Docks

UPDATE: 1 p.m. EDT -- After undergoing assessment, Norwegian Dawn will be leaving Bermuda at 2 p.m. EDT and return to Boston on Friday, as scheduled.

"A thorough assessment of Norwegian Dawn was completed by Norwegian's technical operations team, an independent dive team, and DNVGL inspectors, representing the ship's classification society, while the ship was alongside in Heritage Wharf, Bermuda," Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement. "The team confirmed the structural integrity of the ship and the technical issue which caused the steering malfunction was identified and corrected."

The line also said that Norwegian Dawn's next sailing, a seven-day trip from Boston to Bermuda, will depart as scheduled on Friday, May 22.

Passengers who were on the current trip will receive a future cruise credit of 15 percent of their fare.

(9:10 a.m. EDT) -- After running aground on a reef Tuesday night, Norwegian Dawn docked safely back at Heritage Wharf in Bermuda this morning.

"Norwegian's officers, engineers and lead technical teams, along with DNVGL inspectors, representing the ship's classification society and a team of independent divers, are working on a complete assessment of the vessel," Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement.

The ship is -- and remained -- fully operational through the incident, which occurred around 5 p.m. May 19.  According to the line, the ship was leaving King's Wharf, Bermuda, to return to Boston when it temporarily lost power. That affected the propulsion system, causing the ship to veer slightly off course and make contact with the channel bed.

When high tide arrived, Norwegian Dawn was floated off the reef and moved to anchorage, where it remained overnight. There were no injuries to the ship's 2,443 passengers or 1,059 crewmembers.

Passengers were able to go ashore this morning, although a Cruise Critic member onboard said they were told to return by noon. The ship is expected to set sail back to Boston today.

Other cruise ships arrived in Bermuda this morning on schedule, including Celebrity Summit and Norwegian Breakaway. Celebrity Summit took the second berth at Royal Dockyard, while Norwegian Breakaway anchored in Grassy Bay, according to the Port of Bermuda. Passengers on the latter ship were tendered to shore.

No word yet on whether the May 22 sailing of Dawn, another seven-day trip to Bermuda from Boston, will be affected.

--By Chris Gray Faust, Senior Editor