Norwegian Dawn


Year Built: 2002

Speed: 25 kn

Passengers: 2,244

Crew: 1,126

92 tons


The Norwegian Dawn sails to Bermuda from Boston in the summer, to Canada and New England in the fall from New Orleans, and to the Caribbean from New Orleans in the winter.


On April 16, 2005, after sailing into rough weather off the coast of Georgia, Norwegian Dawn encountered a series of three 70-foot (21 m) waves. The third wave damaged several windows on the 9th and 10th decks and several decks were flooded. Damage, however, was not extensive and the ship was quickly repaired. Four passengers were slightly injured in this incident.

On November 27, 2009, Norwegian Dawn lost all power while returning to Miami. United States Coast Guard ships and helicopters were dispatched to the scene to assist. During the power outage, the more than 2,000 passengers on the ship had no access to running water, electricity, air conditioning or toilet services in the hot Caribbean environment. The temperatures in the area at the time were around 85 °F (29 °C) with 67% relative humidity. At least some power was restored and the ship was able to make port in San Juan, PR, not Miami as the itinerary dictated, to allow repairs to be made.

On August 27, 2010, Norwegian Dawn experienced engine problems. The ship had to leave Bermuda early to return to New York at a slower speed.

On August 24, 2013, Norwegian Dawn lost power in the evening due to an engine failure. Lighting was restored almost immediately, but the Dawn floated for nearly two hours in the Atlantic. After fixing the issue, evening events went on as planned and the Dawn reached Bermuda the next morning at her scheduled time.

On May 19, 2015, Norwegian Dawn ran aground in Bermuda shortly after leaving port. The incident was attributed to a minor malfunction in the ship’s steering, sending her off course to hit a reef.The ship was floated off the reef six hours later with the high tide, and allowed to continue to Boston after underwater surveys showed no damage.

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