Wind Pulls Carnival Cruise Ship from Dock
The 2,860-passenger Pride was on a daylong call at Port Canaveral, as part of a weeklong Bahamas cruise from Balitmore, when it was pulled from its moorings by a strong gust of wind around 5:45 p.m. yesterday evening, Carnival Cruise Lines spokesman Vance Gulliksen tells AOL Travel News.
Officials estimate the wind gust at 85 knots.
No one was injured in the incident and the ship was not damaged. But rather than departing last night the ship remained at the port until early this morning, Gulliksen says.
Central Florida has been pounded by powerful storms for two days – today there's a severe weather warning for much of the area.
Crew and some guests were onboard when the wind pulled the ship from the dock, with others still on excursions to Orlando.
"The ship returned to its dock and guests began to return back to the vessel. There were no injuries to guests or crew. All appropriate authorities were notified," Carnival says in a statement.
The Carnival Pride had been scheduled to spend today in Nassau, Bahamas. Instead, the ship is heading to Freeport, Bahamas, where it was originally supposed to spend a day, but will now do an overnight. The ship is due back in Baltimore on Sunday.
Guests have not been offered any compensation.
"Carnival sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this incident may have caused its guests," the cruise line says.
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