Update, 7:30 p.m. EST: Carnival Miracle arrived in Fort Lauderdale this morning, earlier than expected after repairs were completed. Carnival recommends that no passenger book a flight before 12 p.m. on debarkation day, so line officials say any passengers who may have missed flights home, due to the delay, will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
(January 28, 5:05 p.m. EST) -- Late risers on Carnival Miracle may have woken up with a bang this morning when the ship collided with the dock during berthing maneuvers at approximately 8:35 a.m. Although no guests or crewmembers were injured, the ship suffered a 30-square-foot gash in the forward port side of its hull.
According to a statement from Carnival Cruise Lines, repairs are already under way. However, as they won't be completed until tomorrow, the ship must remain in St. Kitts overnight -- it was originally scheduled to depart at 4 p.m. St. Kitts is the last port of call on Carnival Miracle's eight-night Caribbean itinerary, and the ship's arrival back in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday will depend on what time it is able to depart the island on Friday.
Carnival will offer a full schedule of onboard activities for passengers this evening. We'll keep you posted on any changes to the itinerary of the January 31 cruise.
Click here to see photos of Carnival Miracle in St. Kitts.
--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor
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Update: Carnival Cruise Ship Collides with Dock in St. Kitts
January 31, 2010