I received this message from another cruise e-letter I get:
In the early morning hours of May 25th, a boiler room explosion on Norwegian Cruise Line's S/S Norway killed seven crew members, and injured at least 10 more. The ship had just docked at the Port of Miami after completing a 7-night Caribbean cruise. None of the 2,135 passengers was injured in the incident and all passengers were safely disembarked.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the accident, and has reported extensive damage to the boiler and to bulkheads and doors adjacent to and above the boiler. It will likely be months before a cause of the explosion is determined.
NCL immediately cancelled the sailings scheduled for May 25, June 1 and June 8, and a few days later they added the sailings of June 15 and June 22. We have just been notified that the damage is so extensive that they are canceling all sailings through September, and that makes me wonder whether any future sailings of the ship are a sure thing.
Affected passengers will receive a full refund of the cruise price, and if air was booked through the cruise line, a full refund of the air price. Cruise counselors in our office are contacting passengers booked on upcoming sailings, starting with the closest departure date. If you are booked on a cancelled Norway cruise, you can wait to be called or call your cruise counselor here at your convenience, to process your cancellation and refund.
When the Norway debuted as the S.S. France in 1962, she was one of the most elegant ocean liners afloat. As one of the oldest ships still in operation, she remains a sleek and classy looking vessel with a distinctive deep blue hull and twin stacks - and a loyal following of repeat customers. The ship's amenities and staterooms do not compare well with modern era ships - hence our 2.5 star rating - but the Norway generally sails full by virtue of huge discounts within 90 days of departure. More often than not, the Norway is the cheapest 7-night cruise in the entire industry.
When the full extent of damage to the ship and her reputation is known, we'll find out whether the Norway has sailed her final voyage.