‘They Hit Us:’ Two Cruise Ships Collide in Port, Shocking Passengers

By Venus Upadhayaya, Epoch Times
May 4, 2019 Updated: May 5, 2019

Two cruise ships collided while in a port in Vancouver near Canada Place, surprising passengers early on the morning of May 4.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority said that both ships belonged to Holland America—the ship Oosterdam collided with the already docked Nieuw Amsterdam at about 7 a.m., reported the Vancouver Sun.

“We felt this jolt and I saw out the window something splash into the water,” passenger Susan Carrusca told Vancouver Sun.

Carrusca had traveled from San Diego to Vancouver and was having breakfast with her mother and friends when the collision happened. “I’m guessing it was part of the rail,” she said.

She mentioned that they could see the ship “swinging” and then she heard the ship’s staff yelling, “They hit us.”

No injuries were reported from the incident and the disembarkation on both the ships went ahead as planned, according to a statement by Holland America.

“Damage to Oosterdam is minimal. Six aft stateroom verandahs on Nieuw Amsterdam require repairs, which are underway,” it said said.

Carrusca’s husband, Ken, posted about the collision on Twitter. “Somebody isn’t having a good day,” he wrote.

Another Twitter user, Denise, was also onboard.

She wrote: “I was on the Oosterdam as well and our room was in the aft section of the ship, so we definitely felt and heard it. My husband jokingly said, ‘what did we hit’. Then I stepped out onto the veranda and the Port Authority was there and then I knew that something was up.”

She said in another message on Twitter that “it was a parallel parking job gone wrong!”

Holland America mentioned that all the required repairs are above the waterline and that the ships are safe to carry on with their journeys.

“Guests booked in those rooms on the upcoming voyage will be re-accommodated in other staterooms,” the cruise line said, according to Global News.

The Nieuw Amsterdam is expected to leave for a roundtrip seven-day Alaska cruise on Saturday and the Oosterdam will sail overnight to Seattle from where it will start a seven-day roundtrip to Alaska on Sunday.

The Nieuw Amsterdam has capacity for 2,106 passengers and 929 crew and the Oosterdam can carry 1,848 passengers and 812 crew, according to Daily Hive.

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