Norwegian Escape will remain in the Taíno Bay port in the Puerto Plata until Thursday 17th, pending the completion of all the inspections carried out by its parent company Norwegian Cruise Line, NCL.
According to comments from passengers onboard after the Captain made the announcement, they will be sent home on charter flights to Orlando FL, also they will get a full refund of the ammount paid.
According to the information, the departure of the vessel will occur when all the safety and operational checks indicated in the NCL operating manuals have been completed, as a way to guarantee the complete safety of its passengers and crew, although it does not present any damage.
In a statement released this morning by the directors of the Taíno Bay pier, it was announced that “as part of the indicated protocols, the Norwegian Escape is being inspected by specialized divers, who will later issue the corresponding opinion to rule out physical damage to the infrastructure. of the cruise.”
Passengers experienced this Tuesday the attractions that Puerto Plata offers and returned to the cruise ship to enjoy its amenities and on Wednesday they are available from 9 in the morning to 7 at night to go out to the city or enjoy the excursions that are offered.
Norwegian Escape is a modern cruise ship launched on November 9, 2015 with capacity for 4,266 passengers and 1,733 crew members. It arrived in this city on Monday with 3,223 passengers and 1,618 crew members, when it left the bay of Puerto Plata bound for Saint Thomas, the strong winds of more than 30 knots, at times of low tide causing it to run aground, affecting its exit maneuver, fact occurred just after 5:00 in the afternoon on Monday. Around 12:45 in the morning, when the tide improved, she managed to get out of it, but she was returned to the port for site inspections.
Norwegian Encore docks in Maimon
The Norwegian Encore cruise ship, which had the Taíno Bay port of this city on its itinerary, docked this morning at the Amber Cove port of Carnival Cruise Line in Maimón, about 12 kilometers from the local bay.
Experts in the matter interpret the decision as a measure of prudence given the situation the day before the Norwegian Escape, owned by the same cruise line, ran aground in the exit channel of the local bay.