Cruise ships collide in Cozumel

Two Carnival cruise ships, Carnival Glory (IMO 9198367) and Carnival Legend (IMO 9224726), collided off the Mexican island of Cozumel Friday. The Legend, which was stationary at the time, was damaged.

Carnival Glory was trying to dock when it struck the aft of the Legends, destroying the windows of the Glory’s Platinum Restaurant. It was empty at the time, but six passengers went to the Carnival Glory medical centre for evaluation. The cause of the incident was thought to be high winds.

A video taken from an upper deck of Carnival Glory showed pieces of the ship fall onto the deck of the oncoming vessel, with some splashing into the water.

In a letter to passengers after the incident the captain of Carnival Glory wrote that “I apologize for the accident that occurred this morning as Carnival Glory was manoeuvring to her docking position. A formal investigation is underway to confirm the cause of the accident, which we believe was due to spontaneous wind gusts and strong currents.”

Despite the aesthetic damage, the Glory was deemed seaworthy and left just after 09:00 on Friday December 20th to continue her regular schedule.

Passengers were given $100 in onboard credit.

Following some quick repairs Carnival Glory set sail from the Port of New Orleans as scheduled on December 23rd for a cruise in the western Caribbean.

The damage affected some assigned seatings in the dining room. All guests on the cruise received a one-day pro-rata refund and an on-board $100 credit per stateroom. There was no anticipated impact to the ship’s itinerary.

2003-built, Panama-flagged, 110,480 gt Carnival Glory is owned and ISM managed by Carnival Cruise Line of Doral, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship and with UK Club.

2002-built, Malta-flagged, 85,942 gt Carnival Legend has the same ownership, management and insurance details as Carnival Glory.