Silversea, which acknowledges in a statement that "there was contact between Silver Shadow and a local commercial vessel," says "guests' safety was never compromised." The ship, which was on a nine-night cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong, reached the port of Ha Long Bay, where tours took place as scheduled. Line spokesman Brad Ball told Cruise Critic in an e-mail that the ship remains fully operational and is embarking on its next itinerary from Hong Kong today. No itineraries will be impacted.
Although Ball did not address the reasons behind the incident, Cruise Critic member oregon50 was onboard and reports, "Today, in Gulf of Tonkin in dense fog the ship had a mild collision with a small freighter. No great damage and only a 90 minute delay reaching destination."
A CNN report, including an interview with passenger Andrew Lock who is onboard, says the collision left a hole in the local vessel (here referred to as a container ship). Passengers headed to their muster stations, but the captain soon announced that the ship was not in danger.
Ball had no further comment regarding the identity of the other ship.
--by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor