A Norwegian Cruise Line ship hit a small iceberg over the weekend, the cruise line stated Monday.

A spokesperson  the cruise advised USA TODAY in an e-mail that on Saturday “whereas transiting to Hubbard Glacier in Alaska, Norwegian Solar was engulfed by dense fog, limiting visibility and ensuing within the ship making contact with a growler.”

A growler is an iceberg that has lower than 3.3 toes displaying above the water, and that’s below 6.6 toes throughout, in keeping with the Nationwide Snow and Ice Information Heart.

“The ship stays totally operational and is at present in Juneau, Alaska for evaluation,” the spokesperson added. “Further info might be supplied as applicable.” They didn’t say whether or not any passengers or crew members had been injured.

Cruise Hive first reported the information, noting that the ship skipped its Skagway port of name to go to Juneau. The cruise line didn’t reply to additional requests for remark about whether or not it modified course.

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Stewart Chiron, a cruise trade knowledgeable generally known as The Cruise Man, stated that this sort of incident is “terribly uncommon.”

“The ships take extraordinary warning to keep away from (icebergs),” he stated.

Chiron famous that ice does frequently fall from glaciers and float within the water, saying, “It is type of like a automotive driving down the road and there is a tire within the highway or a bit of highway particles and also you hit it.”

As ships get nearer to glaciers, he stated, the variety of growlers will increase.

“Generally they bump them, and you recognize, no massive deal,” Chiron stated, noting that it’s uncommon, nevertheless, for a cruise line to amend its plans to test for injury.

As for whether or not potential passengers must be involved by the information, Chiron stated, “The reply is not any.”

Norwegian beforehand canceled one other cruise mid-sailing in March after the ship collided with the channel mattress in Puerto Plata within the Dominican Republic. The cruise line stated in a press release on the time that “whereas there’s minor injury to the ship’s hull, all visitors and crew are protected. The present cruise might be shortened, and the cruise scheduled to embark on March 19 might be canceled in order that the mandatory repairs might be made.”

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