The final score today: under-water rocks – 2; cruise ships – 0.
Cruise Critic reports that a Hurtigruten cruise ship ran aground and took on water in a Norwegian fjord north of the Arctic Circle. The 490 passenger Kong Harald had to wait for the tide to lift the cruise ship off a rock at the entrance to Trollfjord. The ship cruised to Svolvaer, where all of the 258 passengers onboard disembarked. Hurtigruten cancelled the remainder of the cruise, and the ship will be dry-docked for repairs to its breached hull.
Meanwhile a Lindblad Expeditions "adventure ship" struck a submerged rock causing damage to the hull of the vessel and a propeller, according to USA TODAY. The 62 passenger National Geographic Sea Lion was departing the Las Perlas Islands, 70 miles from Panama City, when it struck a rock. The Sea Lion will enter dry dock at Panama City to undergo repairs. The next departure of the vessel, scheduled to begin March 9, has been canceled.
No crew or passengers were injured in these mishaps.
It seems too soon after Costa Concordia for cruise ships, large or small, to strike under-water rocks.
Photo Credit: Costa Concordia – AP via Voice of America