Cruise Ship Strikes an Iceberg in Alaska

June 30, 2022

A video posted online by passengers on a Norwegian cruise ship that left on a nine-night journey shows that it collided with an iceberg. When the massive cruise liner strikes the iceberg, a passenger exclaims, “Titanic 2.0,” conjuring images of the RMS Titanic, which sank in 1912 after hitting an iceberg close to Newfoundland, Canada. According to CNN, the Norwegian cruise liner struck the “growler” iceberg on Saturday as it was making its way to Hubbard Glacier in Alaska.

The ship’s side nudges a massive chunk of transparent grey ice over the water in the footage that was posted on Twitter before continuing on. The terrified passengers can be heard panicking as the ship collides with the iceberg in the middle of the ocean, near Alaska.

It has been determined that the iceberg is a “growler,” which is defined as being less than two metres broad and having less than one metre above the sea. CNN also reported that the remaining portion of the voyage had been cancelled by Norwegian Cruise Line and that the ship had returned to Juneau port for a safety inspection.

The Coast Guard Sector Juneau Prevention Team and hired divers examined the ship’s right front side and found no damage, so it may return to its home port of Seattle for additional repairs. The Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) said that the United States Coast Guard and other regional maritime authorities had given the ship permission to return to Seattle at a slower pace. The statement said, “All passengers presently aboard will depart in Seattle as previously scheduled.”

The incident, which also resulted in “cosmetic” damage to the ship and damage to various pieces of the port infrastructure, did not appear to hurt any passengers.

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