Another Cruise Ship Strikes Uncharted Rock Off Panama
The second cruise vessel this week has been damaged by a submerged rock.
The 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Lion, an adventure cruise ship operated by Lindblad Expeditions, was leaving an anchorage near Panama City when it struck a large, uncharted rock.
With a total of 90 people onboard, including 35 crewmembers, there were no injuries reported.
The ship sustained damage to its hull and one propeller during the incident, but after clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard, returned to Panama City on its own power, reported USA Today.
Passengers were given the option of continuing their journey to Costa Rica by air and land, or returning home. All but 16 of the passengers decided to continue their journey and flew to Costa Rica this morning. Those who chose to return home will be given a full refund, including airfare. Those who will complete their journey by air and land will receive a $2,500 refund.
The National Geographic Sea Lion will enter a dry dock at Panama City today to undergo repairs. The vessel’s itineraries have been canceled up until March 16th.