According to a Carnival statement, once the ship began pulling away from the pier, the captain performed a precautionary maneuver that stabilized its movement. Though the gangways were attached when the ship began pulling at its moorings, they were immediately disengaged, Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen told Cruise Critic. No one was on the gangways when the ship actually pulled away from the pier.
Just over an hour later, the ship was able to re-dock with the assistance of tug boats and embarkation resumed.
Cruise Critic first learned of the incident from member jetskier who posted that a friend on shore witnessed the ship pull away and watched it be pulled back into port.
Breeze's cruise director, Butch Begovich, also took to Carnival cruise director John Heald's Facebook page to update people on the situation.
"Two mooring lines broke and the captain immediately ordered the release of the other lines," he wrote. "The captain maneuvered the ship at an angle in the port to avoid and [sic] damage to the ship. I made several announcements of the emergency address system with the advisement of the captain keeping our guests informed of the situation."
Carnival Breeze was embarking passengers for an 11-night Mediterranean sailing. The ship overnighted in Venice as scheduled and departed on Monday on time.
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor