Cunard Cruise Ship and Tug Boat Bump in New Zealand; No Injuries Reported

February 25, 2013

(3:56 p.m. EST) -- A tug boat, reportedly "packed with pleasure seekers," bumped into Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth while the luxury cruise ship was docked at Wellington port February 23. No injuries were reported on either vessel.

According to The Dominion Post, the incident occurred midafternoon while the tug, carrying 50 people, was maneuvering alongside Queen Elizabeth. The tug's funnel hit the ship's docking platform. But while debris fell onto tug passengers, nothing more serious than a small cut was reported.

Cunard Line confirmed the accident with Cruise Critic. "While Queen Elizabeth was alongside in Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday 23 February a tug made contact with the ship," Jackie Chase, Cunard's manager of public relations said. "Queen Elizabeth left Wellington as scheduled."

Maritime NZ and the Wellington port are investigating.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor