Norwegian Cruise Line cancels voyage after hitting iceberg off Alaskan coast

JUNEAU, Alaska — Vacations were cut short for some people on board a cruise, after their ship hit an iceberg off the coast of Alaska.

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The 2,000-passenger Norwegian Sun cruise ship hit an iceberg near Hubbard Glacier on Saturday, KTOO reported. A spokesperson for the cruise line told KTOO that the accident happened as a result of “dense fog, limiting visibility.”

The iceberg the ship hit is known as a “growler,” meaning that it has less than 3.3 feet showing above the water and is under 6.6 feet across, USA Today reported.

After hitting the iceberg, the ship rerouted to Juneau instead of its planned destination of Skagway, so that divers could inspect it, the Juneau Empire reported. Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn, a Coast Guard public affairs specialist, told the news outlet that divers determined the ship sustained damage that needed to be repaired in Seattle.

“The whole boat came to a complete stop from the impact,” passenger Alicia Amador told the Juneau Empire. “It was a scary experience.”

“The ship had a severe judder,” Jason Newman, a passenger from Georgia, told KTOO. “You could feel the strike. And then it listed minorly.”

Littlejohn told the Juneau Empire that the ship never requested any search-and-rescue assistance, nor were any injuries reported to the Coast Guard.