A stalled sailboat started a chain of events that kept the Miami-based Norwegian Getaway in port for several extra hours Saturday.
The 3,969-passenger vessel was leaving PortMiami around 6:15 p.m. for a weeklong Caribbean sailing when it had to maneuver around a powerless sailboat in the middle of the channel, according to a statement from the cruise line.
Getaway’s starboard side pod, which contains a propeller, “may have made contact with the channel bed,” the statement said.
Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line said the ship returned to port for a dive inspection “as a precautionary safety measure.”
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The U.S. Coast Guard performed an inspection and ultimately cleared the ship to leave around 11 p.m.; it could be seen heading toward the port’s turning basin a short time later. Getaway, which launched in 2014, is expected to arrive in St. Maarten on Tuesday as scheduled.