Norwegian cruise ship collides with dock in San Juan
The Norwegian Epic cruise ship collided with a mooring in the San Juan, Puerto Rico port Tuesday, startling passengers.
At the time the 4,100-passenger ship was on a seven-day Eastern Caribbean sailing out of Port Canaveral in Orlando. The ship was not scheduled to dock in Puerto Rico, but passengers reported the ship had mechanical problems and diverted there Tuesday. As the ship approached the port, a passenger aboard another cruise filmed the Epic colliding with and sinking parts of the mooring.
“Prevailing winds caused the ship to veer towards the pier, damaging two mooring points at Pier 3 East,” said a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line. “No injuries have been reported and guests are currently disembarking the ship as previously scheduled. We are working closely with local authorities to assess the damage.”
Passengers shared photos of the damaged cruise ship on social media, including a gash in the side.
The ship is scheduled to return to Port Canaveral on Saturday.