January 9, 2012
According to a statement from MSC Cruises, the incident occurred at 6:50 a.m. Saturday while Poesia was navigating the harbor off Port Lucaya in the Grand Bahamas. Poesia, on day two of the Holy Ship! Voyage (a three-night electronica festival featuring more than 20 DJs), was dislodged from a reef with tug assistance on Saturday night during high tide.
Ultimately, the grounding had little impact on the cruise schedule. Passengers were tendered into Port Lucaya as had been previously planned, and Poesia arrived on time Sunday for a beach dance party in Little San Salvador. The ship wrapped up the cruise in Port Everglades this morning as scheduled.
"Poesia and its guests were always completely safe and all onboard equipment and services continued to operate normally," said the line. "Everything is operating normally ... and the ship is continuing its regular schedule of Caribbean itineraries."
As to the state of the reef, MSC spokeswoman Cheryl Fenske tells Cruise Critic she's awaiting a damage report. A request for additional info was also left with the Grand Bahama Port Authority's media relations department. Cruiser1814 sent us a link to the following video, uploaded by Fredgbscuba, a local tour operator. Fredgbscuba reports that the damage to the reef is substantial.
--by Dan Askin, News Editor