High winds reportedly struck the Norwegian Escape last night, causing injuries to passengers as “chairs, tables, glass, people went flying to one side of the ship:”
The scariest shit just happened on this cruise. Chairs, tables, glass, people went flying to one side of the ship😥 @CruiseNorwegian
— … (@GVelez22) March 4, 2019
Don’t @CruiseNorwegian .. 😩 we were told there was a “gust of wind” however the shards of glass all over our room and on bed say otherwise. Also, it’s been 3 hours and no one has come to clean it up. #NorwegianEscape don’t #CruiseNorwegian #ncl pic.twitter.com/niYo35ezxE
— Toniann Dia Mariano (@Toniann_Mariano) March 4, 2019
This morning (around 11 hours later), Norwegian Cruise Line tweeted that on Sunday, March 3rd, just before midnight, the Norwegian Escape encountered a “sudden, extreme gust of wind, estimated at 100 knots, which resulted in the ship heeling to the port side …” NCL tweeted that several passengers and crew members were injured and received medical treatment.
NCL denied that there was damage to the cruise ship which continues on toward Port Canaveral for an anticipated early arrival on March 5th.
Several injuries were reported and those guests and crew received immediate attention or are being treated by the ship’s medical staff. There was no damage to the ship; she remains fully operational and continues her scheduled itinerary. (cont.)
— Cruise Norwegian (@CruiseNorwegian) March 4, 2019
The Escape left the New York area on the afternoon of March 3 heading for Port Canaveral, Florida for a scheduled 1:00 PM arrival on March 5. It is scheduled to arrive in Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas on March 6 and Nassau, Bahamas on March 7, returning to the New York area on March 10.
NCL says that the current itinerary and the next sailing are not expected to be impacted.
NCL says that the “gust of wind” was “sudden” and “unexpected.” It remains to be seen whether there were up to date weather conditions and forecasts available to the navigational officers on the NCL cruise ship. I am not a meteorologist, but it was well known that rough weather and high winds were moving east across the U.S. as a series of deadly tornadoes struck several states before moving offshore yesterday. (See weather map below).
NCL is facing litigation arising out of its decision to sail into a huge storm called a “bomb cyclone” which formed off the eastern coast of the U.S. at the beginning of January 2018. The NCL cruise executives claimed that the weather was unpredictable. Read: NCL CEO Del Rio on the Norwegian Breakaway Bomb Cyclone Fiasco: “Weather Can Be Unpredictable . . . (It’s) All Good.”
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March 5, 2019 Update: A passenger posted a video (via Facebook) shortly after the cruise ship heeled.
Posted by Tony Ciaramello on Monday, March 4, 2019
WFTV covered the arrival of the Norwegian Escape at Port Canaveral today, with several ambulances shown arriving at the port to pick up people injured on the cruise ship.
— Jeff Deal (@JDealWFTV) March 5, 2019
Photo credit: Norwegian Escape – Arno Redenius, CC BY-SA 4.0, commons/ wikimedia; maps – national weather services, MarineTraffic. Video credit – Tony Ciaromello amd WFTV.