Cargo vessel hits Mariner of the Seas in Freeport

Apr 21, 2022

Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas had an unfortunate accident in the Bahamas, the cruise ship was hit by the cargo vessel Tropic Freedom. According to passengers onboard, Tropic Freedom came alongside the harbor’s edge at speed, hit the concrete edge of the dock, and then lodged itself into Mariner of the Seas, which caused a lot of noise and shook the vessel.

Mariner of the Seas sustained minor damage to the railing on deck five where the bridge wing of the container ship collided with the cruise ship.

Luckily no one was injured and the captain of Mariner of the Seas has been keeping guests updated.

“Today, in Freeport, The Bahamas, a cargo vessel made contact with Mariner of the Seas while the ship was docked. No one was injured on board, and Mariner experienced minimal damage. The ship will continue on its itinerary as planned. ” Royal Caribbean International said in a statement.

Although Mariner of the Seas was scheduled to spend the day at sea today, Royal Caribbean had changed the itinerary. The change in itinerary had come as a result regularly scheduled ship maintenance.

With the cruise line confirming only minimal damage, the planned itinerary is set to continue as normal. No doubt the crew will be working hard to make any fixes during the voyage, especially if only cosmetic damage.

The cruise ship is scheduled for a call in Royal Caribbean’s private island resort of Perfect Day at CocoCay, followed by a day in Nassau before returning to Port Canaveral. 

The following cruise is scheduled to sail on Saturday, April 23 from Port Canaveral, Florida. She is expected to call in Labadee, Haiti and Nassau, The Bahamas, before returning to Florida on Thursday, April 28.