High Wind Gust Causes Norwegian Cruise Lines ‘Escape’ to List, Passengers and Crew Injured

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SHIP WILL ARRIVE AT PORT CANAVERAL TODAY

Norwegian Cruise Lines Escape is expected to arrive at Poort Canaveral today after several passengers were injured when the 165,000-ton ship listed during a high winds weather event just before midnight Sunday. In 2014, Guy Harvey was chosen to paint the Escape’s distinct hull art. (Norwegian Cruise Lines image)

SHIP WILL ARRIVE AT PORT CANAVERAL TODAY

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Norwegian Cruise Lines Escape is expected to arrive at Port Canaveral today after several passengers and crew were injured when the 165,000-ton ship listed during a high winds weather event just before midnight Sunday.

“Just before midnight on Sunday, March 3, Norwegian Escape encountered unexpected weather in the form of a sudden, extreme gust of wind, estimated at 100 knots, which resulted in the ship heeling to the port side,” said Norwegian Cruise Line officials.

Officials said the 1,069-foot long Escape heeled to its port side.

“Several injuries were reported and those guests and crew received immediate attention or are being treated by the ship’s medical staff,” said Norwegian Cruise Lines in a tweet.

The ship departed on Sunday on a seven-night cruise to the Bahamas from New York City and was en route to a port-of-call at Port Canaveral when the high winds gust struck the ship.

“The scariest s*** just happened on this cruise,” said a passenger in a tweet. Chairs, tables, glass, people went flying to one side of the ship.”

The Escape will put in at Port Canaveral and then continue with its planned itinerary.

“There was no damage to the ship,” officials said. “She remains fully operational and continues her scheduled itinerary.”

Norwegian Escape is a Breakaway-Plus Class cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line, in service since October 2015. It was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany in just 17 months.

In 2014, Guy Harvey was chosen to paint the Escape’s distinct hull art.

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