Video: Norwegian Star Cruise Ship Incident

September 19, 2012

A video has emerged online showing what the video uploader called the “slow-motion collision” of the two cruise ships in Dockyard on September 14th.

The video was filmed from the Windjammer Café high on the stern of the Explorer of the Seas cruise ship, and shows the Norwegian Star Cruise Ship drifting towards the Explorer as heavy winds pounded the island.

Cruise passengers can be heard exclaiming all through the video, saying things like “It’s going to hit us,” “Oh my goodness,” and “I can’t believe this.”

“On September 14, 2012 the Norwegian Star and the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas cruise ships were moored stern-to-stern at the Royal Dockyard in Bermuda,” said the YouTuber who uploaded the video.

“In the afternoon a tremendous (but brief) storm blew in with heavy rain and 75mph wind gusts. Somehow the forward moorings of the Star were ripped loose and the ship was blown on a slow-motion collision course with the otherwise stationary Explorer of the Seas.

“This video was shot from the Windjammer Café high on the stern of the Explorer. Happily no one was hurt. The Star came away with a much more visible dent after the big bump, but both ships sailed later the same day and arrived back in New York on time.”

Speaking after the incident, Minister of Transport Walter Roban said it is “being fully investigated to document the actions that were taken by all persons and entities concerned and involved prior, during and after the squall passed over the Dockyard area.”

“I would like to be clear in stating that the intent of the post mortem or investigation is not to determine cause or apportion blame, it is to determine how we can be better prepared to deal with and respond to a similar situation should it occur in the future,” said Minister Roban.

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  1. Andrew says:

    Thanks for posting this. It has confirmed why I will never set foot on a cruise ship. Those people just sound simply ghastly..

  2. Family Man says:

    “Oh my God” Will somebody put a cork in her.

  3. Glad nothing too serious occurred and that there were no injuries! You can tell from the video that the collision was obviously slow enough that it wasn’t going to cause any major damage to the ships.

    This has been one of the more surprising events in Bermuda recently…everyone thought that Leslie was gonna be the big one, but then a week later we get this surprise storm..weird.

  4. Peter says:

    What do these people find so funny???? This could have been worse than it was and all they are doing is laughing, ridiculous!

  5. timsrty says:

    incompedent fools

  6. WOW says:

    Oh no. Gosh could have been worse. Glad no one was hurt. I cruise all the time and this would not stop me. Thanks for sharing the video.

  7. Bermuda is SO much More says:

    Dear Bloggers,

    MP Furbert told you to stop posting negative comments online, you persist with this negativity

    Then you go and torch MP Devent’s Suzuki, whats wrong with you lot bie?

    We need Tourists or else the load of your mortgages will be called, pay attention see!

  8. Dinosaurmedia says:

    Don’t forget the captain who did a damned good job of (doing the best he could to at least)controlling that behemoth in that very precarious situation…

    BTW I cannot count how many times I heard the word “God” uttered uselessly – anyone dare to count?

    I think the laughter was thinly concealed fear – or drunkeness…both of which – to some people, result in laughter…

  9. Jeff says:

    I would need another vacation if I had to listen to that racket all day. yikes