A cruise ship with thousands of passengers headed to Boston in the US east coast was freed late Tuesday night after running aground off the coast of Bermuda. With the arrival of high tide, the ship was able to be freed and was moved to a nearby anchorage position, officials reported.
Norwegian Cruise Lines officials said around 5 p.m., the Norwegian Dawn suffered a temporary malfunction of its steering system, which caused the ship to veer off course The loss of the steering system caused the ship to make contact with the channel bed.
None of the passengers or crew were injured, Norwegian Cruise Lines officials said. They added that 2,443 passengers and 1,059 crew members were on board at the time of the incident.
Norwegian Cruise Lines officials said the ship's officers, engineers and an independent dive team inspected the ship and confirmed its structural integrity.
Cruise line officials said the ship will be inspected again before returning to Boston. Cruise line officials said the ship was fully operational with the full complement of on-board services available to passengers.