In a letter despatched to company on Friday, Carnival Cruise Line apologized for an earlier accident in Cozumel, Mexico, throughout which the Carnival Glory came into contact with the Carnival Legend while docking, leading to six passengers sustaining minor accidents.
The captain of the Carnival Glory additionally confirmed an investigation into the reason for the accident, which the corporate presently believes was as a consequence of “spontaneous wind gusts and strong currents.”
“Dear Carnival Glory Guest,” begins the letter, which is attributed to Carnival Glory Captain Pero Grubjesic. “Welcome back from your day ashore. We hope you enjoyed your time in Cozumel.”
Grubjesic then apologized for that morning’s incident, which occurred because the Glory was “maneuvering” into its docking place, he mentioned.
“A formal investigation is underway to confirm the cause of the accident, which we believe was due to spontaneous wind gusts and strong currents. The ship has been inspected by the required authorities and there are no issues that impact our ability to sail safely back to New Orleans.”
Grubjesic additionally confirmed that the six company who introduced themselves for medical examination following the collision had already been handled and launched.
“Once again, we apologize for the disruption this may have caused,” Grubjesic wrote. “We will be extending a US$100, per stateroom, onboard credit to your Sail & Sign account.”
The ship itself stayed docked in Cozumel shortly longer than anticipated, Carnival says, to “complete some of our work.” Carnival Cruise Line additionally confirmed that company planning to dine within the Platinum Restaurant eating space that night could be accommodated, presumably on account of the incident.
The ship left port in Cozumel on Friday night at roughly 9 p.m. CST.
The preliminary incident, which Carnival is referring to as an allision versus a collision (seeing as one of many ships was not truly shifting on the time), came about on Friday morning at roughly 8:50 a.m.
Footage taken by onlookers exhibits the Carnival Glory maneuvering towards the dock alongside the Carnival Legend, scraping its stern towards the Legend’s bow.
Carnival had initially obtained reviews of 1 individual injured whereas being evacuated from a eating space; 5 extra minor accidents have been reported by Friday afternoon.
The Carnival Glory is due again in New Orleans on Dec. 22.
Janine Puhak contributed to this report.