Things That Go Bump in the Port: Carnival Cruise Ship Rear-Ends Sister in Key West

July 27, 2011
(3:40 p.m. EDT) -- A pair of Carnival Cruise Lines sister ships were involved in a minor scrape yesterday morning in Key West.

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.