According to a statement from the line, Carnival Fantasy was attempting to dock when it "slightly touched the overhang structure" of the already-moored Carnival Imagination. There were no injuries to passengers and crew on either of the 2,052-passenger sister ships, and the damage was minor.
The ships departed with no impact to the itineraries; Carnival Fantasy is sailing a six-day cruise from Charleston while Carnival Imagination is on a four-day cruise from Miami.
As per standard protocol, the line notified the U.S. Coast Guard. In a press release, the Coast Guard said it is investigating the incident and that, in accordance with Coast Guard policy, alcohol and drug testing has been conducted on personnel in safety-sensitive positions.
We've left a message with the Coast Guard about the test results.
--by Dan Askin, News Editor
--Photos appear courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jeff Fry.