Two Carnival cruise liners crashed into one another at the Port of Cozumel on Mexico’s east coast Friday. The company has said the seaworthiness of neither ship is in question, but advised guests to go ashore for the day.
While maneuvering in the crowded waters off the coast of Mexico on Friday, the starboard aft of the Carnival Glory impacted the bow of the Carnival Legend, carving out a hole and sending debris plunging into the sea.
Little damage can be spotted on the Legend, apart from an object on the bow that gets knocked and which appears to be meteorological in purpose.
Guests onboard a third Carnival ship, the Oasis of the Seas, captured the impact on their cameras, as the Glory seemed for a moment to come perilously close to hitting that ship as well.
In one video, some guests can be heard panicking that Glory was “going to hit us next!” Others attempt to assuage their fears, and the Glory maneuvered in time to avoid the Oasis of the Seas. The passengers’ worry led to some strong language.
In a statement, according to the world’s largest cruise line firm, Carnival said that one person was injured on the Glory as folks evacuated a dining room on Decks 3 and 4, but that the itinerary of neither ship was affected by the mishap.
The Glory departed from New Orleans on Sunday for a seven-night cruise and will return to Louisiana this coming Sunday.
Eight cruise ships are scheduled to dock at the popular resort destination on Friday, which sits on an island in the Caribbean just off the coast of eastern Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2019.