Norwegian Escape Severe Listing (see video below) During 115 Mph Wind Gust- On Sunday, March 3, 2019, a sudden gust of wind caused a severe listing of Norwegian Cruise Line ship Norwegian Escape. Several passengers were injured after a “sudden, extreme gust of wind” caused the ship to list on its return trip to New York.
The Norwegian Escape was off the coast of South Carolina at the time of the incident. Norwegian Escape was built in 2015, so in the larger scheme of things, she is just barely broken in, and as such handled this category 3 hurricane strength wind gust with no serious structural issues, probably much better than an older cruise ship.
Norwegian cruise officials said the ship suddenly tilted under the force of unexpected gale force winds (100 knots/115 mph). To get some perspective, The Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale, categorizes 115 mph winds as category 3 hurricane force winds (111-129 mph 96-112 kt 178-208 km/h). Category 3 is classified as major hurricane.
The Norwegian Escape was off the coast of South Carolina at the time of the incident. Norwegian Escape was built in 2015, so in the larger scheme of things, she is just barely broken in, and as such handled this category 3 hurricane strength wind gust with no serious problems, probably better than an older cruise ship.
“Several injuries were reported and those guests and crew received immediate attention or are being treated by the ship’s medical staff,” Norwegian Escape officials wrote. “There was no damage to the ship; she remains fully operational and continues her scheduled itinerary.”
The response was prompted by the report of a passenger on social media, who Tweeted: “The scariest (expletive) just happened on this cruise. Chairs, tables, glass, people went flying to one side of the ship.”
Norwegian Escape is 164,600 gross tons, 1,069 feet-long and can carry up to 4,266 guests with a crew of 1,733.
Norwegian Escape embarked from New York, New York on March 3, 2019 for a seven-night Bahamas cruise with calls at Port Canaveral, Florida, Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, Bahamas.
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Video: Norwegian Escape Now In Port Canaveral After 115mph Winds Cause Injuries to Passengers and Crew