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Local media reported that there were about 3,000 tourists and 1,600 crew members on board.
The Norwegian Escape “He had just left the pier in Puerto Plata on Monday afternoon when the ship called a canal bed,” Norwegian Cruise Line told Fox News in a statement.
Several agencies worked through the night to re-float the ship using the ship’s tug boats and propulsion, according to the Dominican Republic Navy.
The ship was returned to the pier in Puerto Plata. Passengers were taken on “tourist activities” while officials searched the ship for damage.
Norwegian Cruise Line said the ship’s hull sustained “minor damage” but that no guests or crew were hurt. The company said that the current cruise will be shortened and the cruise scheduled to depart on Saturday will be canceled until necessary repairs can be made.
The company is arranging return flights for affected guests.
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