NCL Case Comes to a Close

The verdict is in on the Norwegian Dawn case. The lawsuit stemmed from the April 10, 2005 voyage of Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Dawn, which encountered heavy weather on its return to New York. None of the guests or crew suffered serious injuries as a result. At the conclusion of a three-week trial, a jury returned a verdict in favor of Norwegian Cruise Lines. The verdict follows favorable findings by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Bahamas Maritime Authority, both of which completely exonerated NCL and its captain of any wrongdoing. The NTSB concluded that although the rough weather made the voyage unpleasant, "the safety and integrity of the ship was in no way compromised."