Medevac off New Jersey
The US Coast Guard medevaced a 53-year-old woman approximately 120 miles off the coast of New Jersey from the 'Norwegian Gem' in the evening of March 15. The captain of the cruise shiphad contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay’s command center at 2:30 p.m. and notified them that a passenger was suffering from abdominal issues and needed a higher level of care. An aircrew aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina launched to sustain communications due to distance, and an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey launched to medevac the passenger. Once on scene, the MH-65 Dolphin aircrew hoisted up the woman, accompanied by a nurse, and transported them to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. Report with video: https://coastguardnews.com/coast-guard-medevacs-woman-from-cruise-ship-off-new-jersey-coast/2020/03/16/
Storm caused changes to cruise ships itineraries
Cruise ships were either changing course to avoid the Maine coast or heading to Portland to seek shelter from a powerful nor’easter that was forecast to arrive in the night of Oct 16, 2019. The 'AIDAdiva' sought shelter in Portland on Oct 16. The vessel, which was not on the city’s cruise ship schedule, carried 2050 passengers and 607 crew members. The 'Mein Schiff 1' arrived ahead of schedule in Portland Harbor in the evening and was to stay overnight because of the storm. The vessel, which had 1,914 passengers and 900 crew members on board, had been scheduled to arrive on OCt 17. The 'Norwegian Gem', also due to arrive on Oct 17, opted not to call at Portland because of the storm. The vessel had 2,394 passengers and 1,101 crew on board. Wind speeds were forecast to be 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 mph in Portland and along the coast. Rain will be heavy at times.
Cruise lasted one day longer due to storm
The return of the "Norwegian Gem" to New York was delyed by one day as strong winds made the transit of the Hudson River im possible. The ship berthed in New York City on Feb 26, 2019, at 2111.15 a.m. It departed for the next cruise on Feb 27