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Two Carnival cruise ships collide at Cozumel

Cozumel, Q.R. — Strong winds are being blamed for the collision that took place between two Carnival cruise ships at a dock at the island of Cozumel Friday.

The incident happened Friday morning at 8:45 at the Punta Maya dock when one ship, Carnival’s Glory, was docking and its stern drifted into the bow of the already docked Carnival ship, Legend. The impact caused material damage to both ships, however, a majority of the damage occurred to the Glory’s dining room.

According to Carnival, one passenger received minor injuries as guests were evacuated from the dining room.

The general director of the Portuaria Integral de Quintana Roo Alicia Ricalde Magaña, reported that strong winds from a cold front likely caused the incident between the Carnival Glory and Carnival Legend.

“Investigation of the incident will be carried out by those designated by the National Maritime Authority and the General Directorate of Merchant Marine who will issue the corresponding opinion on the reasons that the collision originated,” explained Ricalde Magaña.

She clarified that the Puerta Maya terminal is not under the administration of la Portuaria Integral de Quintana Roo, however, they will be attentive to assist in what is required by the General Directorate of Ports.

The accidental collision did not affect either ship’s itineraries. Both departed from Cozumel the same day as scheduled. The Carnival Glory was on a 7-day cruise and is scheduled to return to New Orleans Sunday.