(9:35 a.m. EST) -- High winds in the New Zealand port of Timaru on Sunday afternoon local time caused Seabourn Encore to break its moorings and collide with another ship docked in port. No injuries were reported.
Seabourn Encore arrived in Timaru Sunday morning with plans to sail to Akaroa that evening. According to Radio New Zealand's website, "Harbourmaster Jim Dilley said there were mooring issues with the ship and a strong southerly wind blew it away from the wharf. It hit another vessel, the Milburn Carrier II, and became stuck between two wharves." Both ships sustained some damage.
A Seabourn spokesman confirmed the collision, saying in an email that "the ship is fully operational. Seabourn Encore was inspected and cleared to sail by authorities and departed for its next scheduled port call in Akaroa, New Zealand, around midnight local time."
Several Cruise Critic members are onboard the current sailing. NJBelle reports, "The ship is intact (although slightly dented and smudged where the hit took place) and everyone on board is fine (although it might be that a few crew members are not feeling so great about everything)."
Seabourn Encore is the luxury cruise line's newest ship, having been christened on January 7, 2017. The 600-passenger, all-suite, all-balcony ship features a restaurant by Thomas Keller, water sports marina, exclusive top-of-ship cabana complex, and a spa featuring wellness programs created by Dr. Andrew Weil. The ship is sailing a 16-night itinerary, which departed from Sydney on February 2.
--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor