Carnival cruise ship hits pier in Jamaica amid strong winds – USA TODAY

A Carnival Cruise Line ship hit a pier in Jamaica amid windy weather on Tuesday, forcing it to move away and temporarily leave guests on shore.
The incident occurred on the line’s Carnival Magic ship at 11 a.m. in Ocho Rios after “strong winds and swells caused the pier fender to collapse under pressure,” according to Carnival spokesperson Matt Lupoli. He did not specify the wind speeds.
“There were no injuries, and all the ship’s services remained operational,” he told USA TODAY in an emailed statement. “The ship left the area for the safety of everyone on board, later docked at another nearby pier and guests who went ashore rejoined the ship.”
Carnival Magic is on a six-day cruise that departed from Miami on Sunday, according to CruiseMapper. The ship skipped a planned stop in Grand Cayman due to the weather conditions in the region and stayed in Ocho Rios, where it will leave Wednesday evening, Lupoli said.
The news comes after high winds caused two MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line ships to break from their moorings last month. MSC Sinfonia broke away from its moorings while in port in Syracuse, Italy and was blown into a nearby marina, and one of Norwegian Prima’s moorings detached in Galveston, Texas.
Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at ndiller@usatoday.com.

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