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Two Carnival Cruise Line ships collide in Cozumel, one passenger is injured

The Carnival Glory hit the Carnival Legend, which sails out of Tampa, and then narrowly missed colliding with another ship.
Jordan Moseley of Greensboro, N.C., was on board the Carnival Legend and tweeted a picture of the the Carnival Glory after the two ships collided Friday at the port of Cozumel, Mexico.
Jordan Moseley of Greensboro, N.C., was on board the Carnival Legend and tweeted a picture of the the Carnival Glory after the two ships collided Friday at the port of Cozumel, Mexico. [ Courtesy of Jordan Moseley ]
Published Dec. 20, 2019
Updated Dec. 20, 2019

Two Carnival Cruise Line ships collided at the port in Cozumel, Mexico, on Friday morning and one passenger was injured during evacuation procedures, the company said.

Videos from the scene shows the pointed bow of the Carnival Legend, which sails out of Tampa, tearing through the middle decks at the stern of the Carnival Glory as the Glory sails past. The Glory then narrowly misses colliding with the Oasis of the Seas, one of the world’s largest cruise ships, operated by Royal Caribbean International.

At the time, the Carnival Glory was maneuvering to dock at the port and the Carnival Legend and Oasis of the Seas already were docked.

The collision was apparently caused by a wind squall, said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation.

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Frizzell called the damage “very superficial," but videos and photos posted on Twitter show banks of windows broken and floors torn and bent along what appear to be Decks 3, 4 and 5.

Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line said via email that the company is assessing the damage to the ships but that both will continue their regular sailing schedule during the current cruise and future cruises.

“We understand from Carnival that there will be no impact to Carnival Legend’s itinerary," said Wade Elliott, a vice president at Port Tampa Bay.

In its email, Carnival said, “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."

The Glory’s Platinum Restaurant spans Decks 3 and 4 at the stern of the ship, where the collision occurred, according to an online map of the vessel.

Jordan Moseley, 28, of Greensboro, N.C., was on board the Legend and tweeted a picture of the the Glory after the collision. Moseley said on Twitter there was minimal damage to the Legend. The ship left Tampa on Sunday for a seven-day cruise with 2,500 passengers and about 900 crew on board.

The Legend is one of two Carnival ships that sail out of Tampa, Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said. The Carnival Paradise is also based here, taking passengers on four- and five-day trips to the western Caribbean.

Matthew Bruin posted a video to his Twitter account showing the Glory as its starboard side plowed into the bow of the Legend. The video was taken from the Oasis of the Seas and passengers in the video can be heard voicing concerns that the Glory would also strike their ship.

The Oasis of the Seas can carry up to 6,300 passengers and the Glory as many as 2,980. At the time of the collision, Glory was on a seven-day Western Caribbean cruise from New Orleans due to return Sunday.

Miami Herald contributed to this report.