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Moment Norwegian Cruise Line ship hits glacier in Alaska and is forced to turn back to Seattle

Moment Norwegian Cruise Line ship collides with iceberg off Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier after being engulfed in fog – as it heads to Seattle for repairs

  • A Norwegian Cruise Line ship had to turn after crashing into an iceberg in Alaska
  • The Norwegian Sun, which can carry up to about 2,000 passengers, hit the iceberg on Saturday
  • After being assessed for damage, the vessel must return to Seattle for repairs

This is when a cruise ship bound for an Alaskan glacier was forced to turn back after crashing into an iceberg in dense fog.

Incredible footage shows Norwegian Sun, a 2,000-passenger Norwegian Cruise Line ship, colliding with the “growler” near the Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay.

Terrified passengers registered the huge ice block that shook the ship as many slept before disappearing under the bow on Saturday.

The impact forced the boat to dock in Juneau, where expert divers assessed the damage before recommending returning to Seattle for repairs.

A timeline of Norwegian Sun's ill-fated journey, culminating in the iceberg crash and returning to Seattle for repairs

A timeline of Norwegian Sun’s ill-fated journey, culminating in the iceberg crash and returning to Seattle for repairs

Norwegian Sun, the ship that made contact with the iceberg, is shown here in Jacksonville, Florida, in March

Norwegian Sun, the ship that made contact with the iceberg, is shown here in Jacksonville, Florida, in March

Jason Newman of Atlanta, Georgia, was on the ship when the crash occurred. He claimed the fog had lifted when they hit the iceberg.

“The ship had a serious vibration,” Newman said KTOO† “You felt the blow. And then it was a small mention.’

Newman said that after hitting the iceberg, the ship stumbled back to Juneau at 10 mph.

Alicia Amador, another passenger on the ship, told the Juneau Empire hitting the iceberg was a “scary experience.”

“The entire boat came to a complete stop from the impact,” she said, describing the iceberg as “the size of a semi-truck.”

Incredible footage shows Norwegian Sun, a 2,000-passenger Norwegian Cruise Line ship, crashing into the growler near Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay

Incredible footage shows Norwegian Sun, a 2,000-passenger Norwegian Cruise Line ship, crashing into the growler near Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay

Terrified passengers registered the huge block of ice that rocked the ship as many slept before it disappeared under the bow on Saturday

Terrified passengers registered the huge block of ice that rocked the ship as many slept before it disappeared under the bow on Saturday

Terrified passengers registered the huge block of ice that rocked the ship as many slept before it disappeared under the bow on Saturday

A growler is categorized as an iceberg that is less than two meters wide and rises less than one meter above the water.

The captain turned the ship toward Juneau where it docked and expert divers checked the boat’s condition.

They found it had been damaged by the iceberg and had to return to Seattle for repairs.

“On June 25, 2022, Norwegian Sun was engulfed in dense fog during its crossing to Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier, limiting visibility and making contact with a moped,” a Norwegian Cruise Line spokesman told Cruise Hive.

Cruise ships are pictured docked across the Gastineau Canal near downtown Juneau in this file photo

Cruise ships are pictured docked across the Gastineau Canal near downtown Juneau in this file photo

They added that the ship was still “fully operational” and headed back to Juneau, Alaska for “assessment.”

Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn, a Coast Guard public affairs specialist, said the ship must return to Seattle to undergo repairs, according to the Juneau Empire

Littlejohn said the ship reported the incident to the National Guard immediately after contact with the iceberg. The ship reported no injuries, required no search and rescue and said the crash caused no pollution.

He added that there is “confidence” that the ship will be able to return to Seattle safely and without further incident.

Passengers were told they would be reimbursed.

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