(11:30 a.m. EDT) -- P&O Cruises' 69,000-ton Oriana is headed back to Southampton this morning after being damaged in a collision with a stone quay.
"Oriana made contact with the quay upon departure from Kristiansand [Norway] on Wednesday evening,” a P&O Cruises spokeswoman told Cruise Critic in an e-mail. “The ship briefly returned to the berth but then continued en route and arrived back into Southampton on schedule this morning. She will depart on her next cruise, a two-night cruise to Bruges, this afternoon as scheduled."
According to John Honeywell, the cruise blogger known as Captain Greybeard who writes for the Mirror website, Oriana has a large dent in the stern.
So how did the quay fare? Port Authority operations manager Thomas Granfeldt told news outlet FVN in Norway that the ship damaged a water pipe and an optical cable when it smashed into the pier at about 5:30 p.m. local time.
With a load of nearly 1,800 passengers, the ship was inspected by the captain and harbour officials before continuing on to Southampton to complete its seven-day cruise. --by Jamey Bergman, Web Content Producer