Video: Norwegian Dawn Ship Leaves Bermuda

May 20, 2015

[Updated] Minister of Tourism Development and Transport Shawn Crockwell confirmed today [May 20] that the Norwegian Dawn is currently alongside Kings Wharf to facilitate easy access for local divers, the Classification surveyor and the Norwegian Cruise Line technical team that arrived this morning.

Rudy Cann who, in his capacity as On Scene Commander [which was assigned to him by the Director of Marine and Ports], with the assistance of the Captains and Crews of the Government Tugs Powerful and Edward J. Stowe were able to successfully refloat the vessel late last evening. Harbour Master Mr. David Simmons was also onboard. Warden Cann also took the ship to a safe anchorage and remained onboard overnight to take her alongside at Kings Wharf early this morning.

The cruise ships in Dockyard late this morning

Norwegian Dawn Update

Minister Crockwell said, ““The plan is to complete underwater surveys and further examine the source of the problem that caused the vessel to lose steerage.

“If all checks and examinations are good our surveyor, Department of Maritime Administration will issue a certificate that will enable the ship to depart.

“The Norwegian Dawn is currently planning to depart between 2pm and 5pm this afternoon. Passengers are being allowed ashore and are required to return to the vessel by 12:00 noon.”

Time-lapse video showing the moment the Norwegian Dawn ran aground yesterday:

Minister Crockwell said; “Again, I would like to commend everyone who worked tirelessly to float the Norwegian Dawn last evening.”

As it relates to the Norwegian Breakaway, it is at anchor and passengers are being tendered ashore into Hamilton using the Bermudian and other ferries. The Breakaway will go to Heritage Wharf as scheduled once the Dawn departs.

Time lapse video of the moment the Norwegian Dawn was freed late last night:

Meanwhile the Celebrity Summit is alongside at King’s Wharf as scheduled. The Department of Marine and Ports have provided two additional ferries to transport passengers between Dockyard and Hamilton.

Update 1.41pm: Minister Crockwell confirmed that the Norwegian Dawn is scheduled to depart Bermuda this afternoon, while a statement from Norwegian Cruise Lines said, “On Wednesday, May 20, a thorough assessment of Norwegian Dawn was completed by Norwegian’s technical operations team, an independent dive team, and DNVGL inspectors, representing the ship’s classification society, while the ship was alongside in Heritage Warf, Bermuda.

“The team confirmed the structural integrity of the ship and the technical issue which caused the steering malfunction was identified and corrected. The ship is expected to be cleared to depart Bermuda at 3pm ADT today and resume sailing to Boston, and is expected to arrive on Friday as scheduled. Norwegian Dawn’s next voyage will depart as scheduled on May 22.

“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and greatly appreciate our guests’ understanding. All guests sailing on the current voyage will receive a future cruise credit of 15% of their cruise fare to use towards a future Norwegian cruise.”

Update 3pm: The Norwegian Dawn is now leaving Bermuda…again. She appears to have a tug boat escorting her, and everything looks fine so far.

dawn 2

Update 4.53pm: The time-lapse video below shows the Norwegian Dawn as it left Bermuda:

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  1. Christopher Notorius says:

    If only OBA had changed high tide to yesterday afternoon instead of last night – this would never have happened.

    People Complainers or PLP need to make a statement about this as the public needs to know the truth. Where’s the expat preacher on this?

  2. street wise says:


  3. Thanks to everyone that are / have taken part. Also I want to thank Minister Shawn Crockwell “for keeping the public up to date.” It’s nice seeing and hearing, “all is well.”

  4. Arthur A. Francis says:

    This has been great coverage of the Dawn incident. We have been to BDA several times on this ship. This year we will be on the Holland American Veendam. Hope it’s high tide. We really enjoy Bermuda so much.

  5. Skink says:

    I must say 3 cruise ships at dockyard is a pretty sight