March 17. Just as passengers were feeling safe to get back on the water, a new problem has struck the cruise industry — in this case, literally, with a 164,000-ton ship running aground in the Dominican Republic.
Norwegian Escape, a 2015-built megaship which can accommodate over 4,000 passengers, hit the seabed as it pulled away from Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic on Monday, damaging the ship’s hull.
The rest of the cruise has now been canceled, with passengers being evacuated at Puerto Plata, from where they will be repatriated over the next two days. Travelers will receive a full refund on the aborted cruise, as well as a credit for the same amount to put towards a future voyage.
The next cruise, which was due to depart March 19, has also been canceled.