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WATCH: Cruise Ship Almost Smashes Pier in Norway

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Travelers on a cruise ship in Norway got more than they bargained for when rough weather nearly sent the vessel into a pier.

According to The Daily Mail, travelers near the cruise port in Bodo, Norway, were filming as Hurtigruten’s MS Nordnorge ship was anchored just off the coast as a massive storm hit the area last week, bringing winds that reached 69 miles per hour.

As the water continued to get rougher and the winds intensified, the MS Nordnorge started to float toward the pier where two employees were standing in shock. The video shows passengers and crew members on the ship looking down at the structure as they prepared for a collision.

Instead of smashing into the pier, the ship slows just before making contact and lightly nudges the structure. Other Hurtigruten vessels in the region reported waves as high as 65 feet tall, with the bad weather forcing vessels to skip ports of call and delay itineraries.

Cruises to Norway have become increasingly popular in recent years, with a recent report showing the demand for cruises to cold-weather destinations is growing at a faster rate than tropical ones.

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Cruise Ship Denied by Two Caribbean Ports Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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An MSC Cruises ship was turned away from at least two ports in the Caribbean on Tuesday after a crew member fell ill amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

According to The New York Times, MSC Meraviglia was denied from docking in both Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands after port authorities learned that a crew member from the Philippines was ill. However, the Associated Press reported that the employee was believed to be sick with the common seasonal flu.

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.

“In an abundance of caution, in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands, the government has denied permission for the cruise ship to call on Grand Cayman as previously scheduled,” Dwayne Seymour, health minister of the Cayman Islands, said in a statement.

The cruise line expressed frustration over the repeated denial, claiming that the ill crew member and all passengers on the ship had passed a health screening prior to embarking.

“The crew member had traveled to Miami from Manila, via direct connection in Istanbul,” MSC Cruises said in a statement to the Times. “He developed symptoms of common flu and tested positive to Type A influenza after he visited the ship’s 24/7 Medical Center while already on board. He has no other symptoms.”

The ship, which is carrying more than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members, is in the midst of a 15-day roundtrip sailing from Miami that had included scheduled stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, Belize and Honduras.

MSC Meraviglia isn’t the first ship to be turned away from port amid fears of the spreading coronavirus and likely won’t be the last. Tuesday’s unexpected hiccup comes just one week after MSC Cruises updated MSC Bellissima’s Grand Voyage itinerary to Asia.

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