Watch This Massive Cruise Ship Slam into Another Ship in the Wildest Video You’ll See This Week

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Updated: October 21, 2023
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People from all over the world enjoy going on a cruise ship for the ultimate vacation. With everything from water slides to magic shows to live concerts on board, it’s not hard to imagine why people of all ages love going on a cruise. 

Check Out the Collision Here

Two Carnival Cruise Ships Collide

Although they’re fun, cruise ships are known to be quite dangerous. Today we’re going to be looking at a crash that led to six injuries. In the Caribbean port of Cozumel, Mexico, two Carnival cruise ships clash. When Carnival Glory and Legend hit while they were docking, the stern of the Glory was smashed. 

Jordan Moseley, a traveler on the Carnival Legend claimed he felt the crash while having breakfast on board. The Legend is a 963-foot-long ship with a capacity for more than 2,000 people. 

Moseley says, “All of a sudden we felt the ship rock to one side and then back into place.” 

Carnival Corp., the most prominent cruise operator in the world, reports that six passengers on the enormous ship known as Carnival Glory were only mildly hurt. 

Cruise Ship arriving at the harbor of Palma de Mallorca at sunrise, Mallorca, Spain

While cruise ship collisions are not common, they can have perilous results.

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According to a passenger, the event happened during choppy seas. Carnival Legend had previously been positioned next to Carnival Glory when they made an impact during their docking maneuvers. Carnival further stated that the ship schedules were unaffected.

The Dangers of Cruise Ships 

In addition to the ship’s solid design, passengers can feel safe knowing that there are lifeboats, and life preservers available for everybody on board. Additionally, thanks to advanced technology, it is now possible to quickly remove individuals from the ship if necessary. 

Aerial top view photo of huge cruise ship docked in mediterranean port destination

Many cruise ships today are larger than the Titanic.

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Sadly, you might not have a good chance of avoiding other catastrophes. As we saw in recent years, illness can spread quickly aboard. Imagine a city with thousands of people tightly packed in one space and a single individual gets sick. It can instantly spread to other passengers.

In addition, dangers such as fires, drowning, and falling overboard are also possible. Cruise ship crashes are another uncommon but serious risk of traveling by sea. Ships can crash with barges, whales, undersea debris, and other ships. 

Passengers may sustain injuries or possibly pass away based on how severe the collision is. All this being said, there is a risk with just about anything you do. Cruise ships are safer than ever before.

The vast majority of excursions go off without a hitch! Thankfully, there were no serious injuries in the instance that we’ve included below! 

Is It Normal for Cruise Ships to Collide with One Another?

Cruise ship collisions are rare but can happen for multiple reasons such as technical malfunctions, navigational issues, bad weather conditions, and human error. Of the known accident records, only 22 cruise ships have actually sunk in the last 100 years. Obviously, not all collisions lead to a ship sinking, so that statistic does not give a complete picture.

There are many safety standards that the cruise industry adheres to in order to keep passengers, crew, and vessels safe. In modern times, they use advanced navigational technology and put crew members through rigorous training to ensure disasters don’t happen. All in all, the cruise industry has a good safety record, and comparable to the number of ships that are regularly in operation, the number of collisions is few and far between.

How Large is the Average Cruise Ship?

The average passenger cruise ship ranges in size from about 70,000 to 130,000 gross tons. Carnival’s “Dream-class” ships, such as the Carnival Dream, Carnival Magic, and Carnival Breeze, each average around 130,000 gross tons and are able to carry from 3,600 to 3,700 passengers. 

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Altrendo Images/Shutterstock.com


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Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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