April 11, 2018
(9:20 a.m. EDT) -- The cruise ship MSC Armonia collided with the dock at Roatan's Coxen Hole port in Honduras, causing damage to the dock but little to the ship itself.
According to an MSC statement, "While manoeuvring alongside, for reasons that are currently still being duly investigated, the ship deviated from her course and grazed the end of the pier."
Video of the accident shows the end of the pier submerged under water after the ship hit it.
"There was never any risk for guests or crew onboard," the statement continues. "There was also no impact for the environment. In fact, while there was a slight delay for our guests to disembark, all who were scheduled to go ashore on excursions and other activities disembarked as planned. As to the ship, the damage was minor."
The ship was cleared by Honduran Port State Control authorities to continue its journey after ship personnel and external experts completed some minor repairs; MSC Armonia departed the port at about 2 a.m. local time April 11. It is scheduled to arrive at its next port of call in Belize at 10 a.m., in line with its original schedule.
Passengers on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas, which was scheduled to call on Roatan today, have reported on the Cruise Critic Roll Call boards that they will be skipping the port until the damage to the pier can be assessed. Norwegian Getaway, which is scheduled to dock April 12 at Coxen Hole, will similarly skip the port and visit Belize City instead. (Visits by Carnival Corp. brand ships -- specifically Carnival Glory, Carnival Miracle and Rotterdam -- scheduled to arrive in Roatan on April 10 and 11 were unaffected as they use the Mahogany Bay port.)
Members of the Cruise Critic MSC forum have been chatting about the accident since it occurred, with many pointing out that the videos show both anchors deployed during the incident indicating the captain may have been trying to slow the ship down using external forces rather than onboard instrumentation.
MSC Armonia, which is based in Havana, Cuba, is in the midst of a two-week Caribbean cruise.
--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor