On January 3rd strong winds to the west of the Bahamas, a southerly part of the weather system to the north in the Atlantic, caused cruise ship Grand Celebration (IMO 8314134) to break from her moorings in Freeport and to push up against a wharf. The starboard side stern caused some damage to the quay. Harbour tugs moved the cruise vessel back to a safe position the same afternoon. . The ship’s hull may have sustained slight damage during the incident.
Passengers were beginning to return to the vessel at the time of the incident, and reboarding was delayed. The storm brought down the huge canopy tent at the terminal, which had been put in place to protect passengers from the rain. By January 4th Grand Celebration was again under way off West Palm Beach, bound for the Bahamas. 1987-built, Bahamas-flagged, 47,263 gt Grand Celebration is owned by Grand Cruise Shipping Unipesso care of FleetPro Ocean Inc of Miami, Florida, USA. It is managed by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line of Florida, USA. The vessel is entered with American Club on behalf of Grand Cruise Shipping Unipessoal Lda.