Cruise ship Norwegian Jewel (IMO 9304045) docked in the port of Honolulu late in the afternoon of March 20th. The ship has propulsion problems, which will be repaired in Honolulu. The repairs must be carried out without passengers on board. A detailed plan was being developed with Norwegian Cruise Line which has been keeping the passengers isolated to avoid potential pressure on Hawaii’s resources. The ship had to stop its 23-day cruise to Australia and French Polynesia because many ports were closed due to the coronavirus.
Charter flights were organized for the passengers on January 23rd and 24th from Honolulu to Los Angeles; Sydney; London; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Frankfurt, although it would take time to transport the passengers to their chartered planes. There were no confirmed cases of coronavirus among the 2,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members on the vessel.
2005-built, Bahamas-flagged, 93,502 gt Norwegian Jewel is owned by Norwegian Jewel Ltd care of manager NCL (Bahamas) Ltd of Miami, Florida. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas syndicate) on behalf of Norwegian Jewel Ltd.