Move along now folks, nothing to see here, or so says the cruise line.

  This collision (allision) is close to the one Celebrity had with their Infinity in Ketchikan that I posted about some time back, except it was the Infinity stern not the bow and wind had a lot to do with it. Here are a few excerpts from the NTSB report concerning Celebrity Cruises' Infinity accident at Ketchikan, plus the link to the NTSB investigation:  

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Wow, the entire episode is beginning to sound more and more like a "Much ado about nothing" experience. Since the first postings here other post incident pictures have surfaced, it looks like that mooring dolphin immediately off the east end of the pier extension wasn't compromised either. The following news showed on another forum yesterday: "(12:10 p.m. EDT) -- Despite a statement from the Port of Roatan alleging the pier at Coxen Hole has been too badly damaged to support large cruise ships after an MSC Cruises ship collided with the dock on April 11, cruise lines are not canceling scheduled visits. Norwegian Jade spent the day in port on Monday, November 16, and Norwegian Getaway will call as planned on Thursday, April 19. According to Roatan's original statement, dated April 12, only ships less than 205 meters (694 feet) can now dock at the pier. However, Norwegian Jade -- at 294 meters -- was able to dock successfully; Norwegian Getaway is 325 meters long. A representative for Norwegian Cruise Line told Cruise Critic Norwegian Getaway will continue to call on Roatan this week. Slightly larger is Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, which measures 362 meters long and carries about 1,500 more passengers than Getaway, making tendering more difficult. While the port's statement claimed all of Allure of the Seas' calls to the island have been canceled for the rest of the season, the cruise line said this is not true and that it is waiting for repairs to be made to the pier. Allure of the Seas is scheduled to visit Roatan on May 10; the line will make a decision as to whether or not the ship will call there closer to the date. Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas (339 meters long) also will continue with its scheduled port call on April 25, though the line has not said whether or not it will tender. Roatan's statement added that authorities estimated the damages could climb higher than $10 million, and repairs are expected to take three months." Looking pretty close at the earlier pictures it was fairly obvious to me that the ship missed the main pier and cleaved off what wasn't much more than a real nice reinforced catwalk/walkway after eating up a floating plastic camel with a floating foam filled rubber fender attached. MSC's statement that the ship grazed the pier is certainly a lot more on point than some of the almost hysterical exaggerations of the incident you read in news accounts, etc.

Norwegian Getaway, length 1,066 feet. Just docked at Coxen Hole Roatan, plenty of bitts, cleats, mooring dolphins and platforms-------no problems reported----

Big SmileAHAHAHA! Okay, that's funny!

A good update. Accidents can happen anywhere.

Normally I wouldn't be interested in the results of an overblown incident from 8 months ago, but it got me to thinking...ROATAN is one of the usual stops on the Carib for a lot of lines. The one we just took a few weeks ago on BREAKAWAY skipped it...our upcoming in FEB also on BREAKAWAY also will skip it. Ours for next NOV on GETAWAY, stops there. Ours for the following APRIL 2020 also on GETAWAY skips it. So apparently ROATAN is/was back in biz.

FWIW, we've been there. Several times. Did a couple of excursions, and has been added for several years now to the list of ports where we enjoy the relative emptiness of the ship. You can meet the nicest folks who don't get off either..Even the Queen is fascinated watching the container cranes do their thing next to the ship. Its a working port.

I hate when that happens.


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