Cruise ship docks early in St. John’s after medical emergency

Daniel MacEachern
Published on July 8, 2014
The Astor sails into St. John’s harbour Monday evening with 548 passengers and 300 crew members. The cruise ship is on a 37-day cruise from Bremerhaven, Greenland, to Hamburg, Germany and will stop at many Canadian port destinations.
— Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

A cruise ship docked in St. John’s ahead of schedule after a medical emergency near Greenland.

The Astor, originally due to arrive in St. John’s Tuesday at 7 a.m., docked Monday evening instead.

The ship is on a 37-day cruise from Greenland to Germany, with several Canadian and Newfoundland and Labrador ports of call, including St. John’s, Corner Brook and L’Anse aux Meadows.

A spokeswoman for the City of St. John’s, when asked by The Telegram the reason for the early arrival, said via email that the ship “had a medical emergency on board.”

The ship’s representative in St. John’s, Roger Tinkham, said Monday was that a passenger had suffered internal bleeding, but weather conditions prevented the ship from docking in Greenland.

“Medevac from Greenland came out to the ship, took the passenger … and medevaced them away,” he said.

“So instead of going into Greenland, they altered their course and are coming direct to St. John’s.”

The ship — with 548 passengers and about 300 crew — is still scheduled to leave at its planned departure time of 7 p.m. today.