MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two Carnival cruise ships collided Friday morning at the port in Cozumel, Mexico causing extensive damage to one of the ships.
The collision took place between the Carnival Glory and the Carnival Legend.READ MORE: Israelis In South Florida Monitoring Violence In Home Country, Want It To Stop
Six people were hurt but their injuries are not serious, according to Carnival.
Carnival CEO Arnold Donald spoke exclusively to CNBC and portions of the interview are on CNBC.Com.
“There was probably a sudden squall of wind that pushed the ship. But occasionally ships will touch in port but of course, you try to avoid that. This is not serious–but any allision we take seriously —but there’s no real major damage to the ships,” he told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” Friday.
A passenger on the Oasis of the Seas posted a video on Twitter of the incident in which you can see the Glory swiping the back portion of the Legend.
Carnival Glory just crashed into Carnival Legend and almost crashed into Oasis of the Seas at the Cozumel cruise port. #FoxNews #RoyalCaribbean #CarnivalLegend #CarnivalGlory #OasisoftheSeas pic.twitter.com/5ITBCfz99L
— Matthew Bruin (@BruinMatthew) December 20, 2019
CBS News spoke to its travel editor who also believes Mother Nature is to blame.
“Suddenly a 30 knot squall showed up at the most critical time of that particular maneuver and there was no way for that captain to recover.” CBS News’ Travel Editor Peter Greenberg said. “You probably don’t see the captain going in full reverse and still moving forward. It takes a while for any ship to stop.”
A statement released by Miami-based Carnival reads, “Carnival Glory had an allision with Carnival Legend this morning in Cozumel. Carnival Glory was maneuvering to dock when it made contact with Carnival Legend which was already alongside. We are assessing the damage but there are no issues that impact the seaworthiness of either ship. We have advised guests from both ships to enjoy their day ashore in Cozumel.”READ MORE: Woman Who Snuck Into American Sr. High Posing As Student To Promote Instagram Account Bonds Out
An allision is a nautical term used to describe when a moving ship collides with a stationary object, such as another ship.
The statement also says, “There is one reported minor injury of a Carnival Glory guest that occurred when a group of guests were evacuated from the dining room on Decks 3 and 4.”
Here is another Tweet showing the damage from the dock.
— christian maxey (@cmaxeyy) December 20, 2019
A Carnival passenger spoke to the CBS Tampa affiliate, WTSP, Friday.
“We noticed we were really close to them, and next thing you know we just felt this big bump that rocked the boat a little bit,” Logan Humphrey said.
The cruise line says the incident does not impact either ships’ itineraries.
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The Glory is based out of New Orleans.