Cruise passengers released from ship that ran aground: ‘It is a freaking madhouse’. Four days after a Norwegian Cruise Line ship got stuck in the Dominican Republic, passengers were offloaded

First the massive cruise ship ran aground in the Dominican Republic on Monday afternoon. The ship’s hull had sustained minor damage after it “made contact with the channel bed” during its departure from Puerto Plata, Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement.

Then, for days after the Norwegian Escape was refloated early Tuesday morning, passengers waited on board as it sat in port and wondered when they would be able to leave.

Thursday night, they got confirmation: Everyone still on the 1,069-foot-long ship would disembark the next day, starting at 4:30 a.m.

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