Earlier this week there were photos on the Holland America Line blog illustrating Parking ms Rotterdam in Barcelona, Spain. The pictures show the ship being deftly inched into her berth behind Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess. The day was sunny and clear and Rotterdam docked with room to spare.
We see ships come and go so regularly without incident that it's almost unthinkable that one could have a parking accident. Unfortunately, that's not always the case and Mother Nature had a hand in such an accident this week.
According to their spokesperson, at approximately 6:15pm on Wednesday, while Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Legend (pictured here) was maneuvering on departure from the port of Cozumel, extremely strong winds pushed the vessel up against the side of Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas. The Royal Caribbean ship was still docked when the incident occurred. The Carnival Legend sustained broken glass and other minor damage to some open deck areas and no one was injured on either ship. Damage to both vessels was not serious and both ships are proceeding on to their next ports of call.
All appropriate authorities were notified and, following an examination of the vessel by Mexican authorities, Carnival Legend was cleared to sail. Carnival Legend operates 7-day Caribbean cruises year round from Tampa, Florida. Enchantment of the Seas is homeported in Fort Lauderdale and is currently on a 5-night Western Caribbean itinerary.
In an odd twist of fate, both ships were making their way to Belize after leaving Cozumel.