MSC Cruises’ MSC Armonia has set sail after suffering a minor fender bender in Isla Roatan, Honduras, on April 10, a cruise line representative tells Travel Agent.
MSC Cruises reports that the ship arrived at the port 9:00 a.m. the morning of April 10 and, while maneuvering alongside, deviated from its course and grazed the end of the pier. The reasons for the course deviation are still being investigated.
This video by Infoinsular Periodico shows the MSC Armonia grazing the dock.
“There was never any risk for guests or crew on board,” MSC Cruises said in a statement provided to Travel Agent. “There was also no impact for the environment.”
While there was a slight delay for guests to disembark, all guests who were scheduled to go ashore on excursions and other activities disembarked as planned, MSC Cruises said.
The ship sustained minor damage from the incident, and was cleared by the Honduran Port State Control authorities to continue its journey once repairs were complete. The ship left the port at approximately 2 a.m. local time the morning of April 11, bringing the ship into Belize, its next scheduled port of call, at approximately 10 a.m., which is in line with the original schedule, the cruise line said.
The pier, however, reportedly suffered minor damage in the incident. Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Getaway is now calling in Belize City instead of Roatan, a Norwegian representative tells Travel Agent.