Royal Caribbean cruise ship hit by cargo vessel

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By Linsey McNeill
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Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas has been hit by a cargo ship while in dock in the Bahamas.

The accident happened while the 3,114-passenger Mariner was stationary in Freeport, Grand Bahama, according to RCCL’s blog.

A Royal Caribbean International spokesperson said the cruise ship suffered only ‘minor damage’ and there were no injuries to those onboard.

“The ship will continue on its itinerary as planned,” they added.

The Captain of Mariner of the Seas told guests immediately after the accident that ‘everything is under control’, adding that ‘a boat bounced into us on our stern’.

Eyewitnesses said the cargo ship, Tropic Freedom, had hit the concrete edge of the dock before crashing into Mariner, lodging itself into the railing on deck 5. Photos published on the Cruise Hive blog show a hole in the railing.

Mariner of the Seas had made an unscheduled stop at Freeport. The ship, which left Port Canaveral on Tuesday, had been due to spend the day at sea but had made a last-minute change to its itinerary for an unspecified maintenance stop in Grand Bahama.

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