December 10, 2007 – Upon departure from Montevideo on The Rio de la Plata, the M/V Norwegian Dream fully loaded with passengers on a 23 day cruise, collided with an adrift container barge. Despite valiant efforts the collision could not be avoided.
Both vessels suffered severe damage. The barge lost multiple autos and containers overboard with loss and damage estimated in the millions. The M/V Norwegian Dream suffered a four-by-four foot hole in the bow about five feet above the water line, and was quickly returned to Montevideo for repairs.
As for the passengers, they were offered some compensation for the mishap but continued on after the repairs were made.
More information on this incident can be found at CargoLaw.
Another interesting note… The Norwegian Dream is now a two-time Incident Photo of The Week’er. Check out the first incident HERE.