<p>The Norwegian Dawn left Bermuda 11 hours early to allow extra time for its return journey. <em>*Photo supplied</em></p>

The Norwegian Dawn left Bermuda 11 hours early to allow extra time for its return journey. *Photo supplied

Cruise ship passengers aboard NCL’s Norwegian Dawn have had their stay in Bermuda cut short due to engine problems.

The ship was today leaving Bermuda about 11 hours early as extra time was needed for the ship’s return journey.

The ship had to travel at a reduced speed due to technical difficulties with one of the ship’s engines.

Norwegian Dawn was due to leave King’s Wharf, Dockyard, at 6:30am this morning instead of 5pm as originally scheduled.

The ship is due to arrive in New York at 9am on Saturday, an hour later than planned.

AnneMarie Matthews, director of public relations at Norwegian Cruise Line, said: “Norwegian Dawn will be travelling at a reduced speed on her return to New York.

“At Norwegian Cruise Line, the safety and security of our guests is our number one priority. The engine issues reducing the ship’s speed capabilities will in no way impact the safe operation of the vessel. “

Passengers were told about the early departure from Bermuda in advance. Each stateroom received $50 on-board credit for the change of plan.

NCL added that it “apologised for any inconvenience and appreciated the understanding of guests on board”.