Cruise Ship Freed From Bermuda Reef After Running Aground

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In this photo provided by the Royal Gazette, the Norwegian cruise ship Norwegian Dawn, lies aground near Bermuda’s North Channel Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (Photo: AP)

The Norwegian Cruise Line ship that ran aground in Bermuda was finally freed on Tuesday, six and a half hours after it was stuck on a reef while trying to leave the island. 

The ship is still not fully operational and the 2,675 passengers and 1,062 crew members remain in Bermuda. 

Inspectors boarded the ship on Wednesday to assess its safety and seaworthiness. 

The Norwegian Dawn remains at port in Bermuda. (Photo:  Port Bermuda Webcam)

A spokesperson for the ship told CNN that passengers could stay on the ship or spend time in Bermuda. 

The ship temporarily lost power on Tuesday when it was leaving Bermuda’s King’s Wharf.

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Speaking to the Associated Press, passenger Rachel Hansen said the ship was about three miles from Bermuda when it ran aground.

“We definitely felt it,” she said. “We were in the middle of eating dinner … There was a shudder for maybe 30 seconds to a minute and then there was a sudden stop.”

Hansen has also been live tweeting the event.


Cruise voyeurs who want to stay updated on what is happening can watch this live web cam of the cruise liner docked in Bermuda.

There is currently no word on when the ship will return to Massachusetts.

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