Cruise ship smashes into iceberg ‘size of truck’ and terrifying passengers

Heavy fog has caused a cruise ship to crash into an iceberg in the middle of the ocean.

The Norwegian Cruise Line ship, which was carrying 2,000 passengers, was heading for an Alaskan glacier before making a U-turn after smashing into the iceberg on Saturday (June 25).

Many aboard were sleeping at the time and unaware of events outside, the Daily Mirror reports.

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But others videoed the moment with a worrying thud caught on camera.

Luckily, nobody was injured and the ship then docked in the Alaskan city of Juneau, where the damage was assessed by specialist divers, who recommended that the vessel returned to Seattle to be repaired.

Passengers on the ship spoke of their horror at the terrifying incident as Alicia Amador told Juneau Empire it was a "horrible experience".

She said: "The whole boat came to a complete stop from the impact", before adding that the iceberg was "the size of a semi-truck".

Jason Newman was also on the cruise and told KTOO: "The ship had a severe judder. You could feel the strike and then it listed."

A spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line told Cruise Hive: "On June 25, 2022 while transiting to Hubbard Glacier in Alaska, Norwegian Sun was engulfed by dense fog, limiting visibility and resulting in the ship making contact with a growler."

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The ship was still "fully operational" and was heading back to Juneau, Alaska for "assessment", Norwegian Cruise Line said.

The ship did not report any injuries, according to Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn.

He told Juneau Empire the captain reported the incident as soon as it happened to the National Guard and a search and rescue mission was not required.

As a result of the crash and having to turn the ship around for repairs, passengers were told they would get their money back.


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