Cruise Ship Returns To Seattle After Hitting Ice

SEATTLE — An Alaskan cruise out of Seattle ended early after the ship struck a piece of floating ice, and the vessel made its way back to the Emerald City, slowly but surely. A spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line told Patch that the Norwegian Sun “made contact with a growler” — a small iceberg — while traveling to Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier last weekend.

After sailing to Juneau for an inspection, Norwegian made the call to cut the trip short and return to Seattle for necessary repairs. According to the cruise line, the U.S. Coast Guard greenlit the ship to sail back to Seattle at reduced speeds, where those on board will disembark as usual. Due to the timeline and the repairs needed, Norwegian said a cruise scheduled to sail out of Seattle on Thursday was canceled.

According to The Seattle Times, the guests aboard the ship will receive a full refund and a credit to cover the costs of a new trip. Those who were booked on the canceled cruise also received refunds, along with a 50 percent credit.

Source: Bellevue Patch