Why two cruise ships departed Seattle today & then came back

8:04 PM: Some questions came in this evening about two cruise ships that turned around and came back after leaving Seattle this afternoon. The Grand Princess, according to Princess Cruises via Twitter, returned for a “technical issue” but the cruise line hopes it will be able to leave tonight. MarineTraffic.com shows it still at Pier 91 in Magnolia as of this writing. The Norwegian Pearl, which had spent the day at Pier 66 downtown, had to deal with a medical emergency, according to this tweet by KIRO, and is already back out to sea, heading through north Puget Sound.

10:23 PM: The Grand Princess is under way again – MarineTraffic.com shows it off Shilshole, northbound.

5 Replies to "Why two cruise ships departed Seattle today & then came back"

  • K'lo August 3, 2014 (8:42 pm)

    Must be something in these Puget Sound waters – first the ferry debacle, now cruise ships!

  • Robert August 3, 2014 (9:29 pm)

    There is a proper ship that deserves a salute; what a play on words.

  • Ben August 3, 2014 (10:44 pm)

    I may have accidentally cursed the waters. It was mostly accidental. An important reminder that if you’re trying to get the wind back, for a sailing trip or whatever reason, be sure to use an animal bone less than four inches in length.

    Pretty basic stuff but I got sloppy, so yeah, my bad on the cruise ships.

  • miws August 4, 2014 (8:56 am)

    But nothing…..nothing compares to Elwha on the Rocks!

    (1st paragraph, under the 2nd photo, and its caption):




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