By Ruben Colffer
Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local
The Carnival Glory and Carnival Legend crashed into each other at the port of Cozumel, Mexico. The collision happened on Friday morning, wounding six people, according to the company Carnival Cruise Line.
One of the cruise’s decks was crushed, as seen in a video of the aftermath.
“We are assessing the damage but there are not issues that impact the seaworthiness of either ship,” said Carnival representative Chelsea Stromfeld. “Carnival Glory was maneuvering to dock when it made contact with Carnival Legend which was already alongside.”
The company also mentioned that the six people injured were taken to the Carnival Glory medical center.
According to Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) the incident is an ‘allision,’ a nautical term used to describe the running of one ship upon another ship that is stationary.
Makenna Morris, 21, passenger of the Carnival Legend said she was taking pictures when she saw the Carnival Glory approaching her ship. As the Carnival Glory was moving toward her, she said she could hear people screaming as they were preparing for the impact:
“I started hearing people yelling and screaming on the Royal Caribbean. That’s when I heard sounds of cracking and glass breaking.”
Morris also described her reaction after the collision of the two ship cruises:
“They ran into us and I was like ‘holy crap,’ the whole dining hall caved in and shattered,” she said.
Mary Ann McKinley, also a Carnival Legend passenger, said that impact “wasn’t too bad.”
“Just felt like a big wave crashing into the ship,” she stated.
McKinley mentioned that after the collision the ship said in an on-board announcement that the crash was caused by the currents and high winds.
Travelers from the other cruise ship had a similar reaction of the impact.
“Last night we experienced some major motion on the boat so this morning we assumed something similar was happening,” said Maddison Haynes, a passenger of the Carnival Glory. “We felt a jolt and didn’t really think anything of it.”
Both ships are over 900 feet long and part of Carnival Cruise Line, the largest international cruise line, according to the trade publication Cruise Market Watch.
The Carnival Glory can board about 3,000 passengers and it departs from New Orleans and cruises to the Caribbean. The Carnival Legend can accommodate up to 2,000 passengers and it departs from Baltimore, Barcelona, London, Tampa and Venice; and it cruises across the Atlantic.
Initially, Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement that only one passenger from the Carnival Glory was injured. After everyone was evacuated the company later stated that a total of six passengers were involved in the incident.
“We have advised guests from both ships to enjoy their day ashore in Cozumel,” the statement said.