Royal Caribbean and Disney Try to Cover Up Near Collision Between Monarch of the Seas and Disney Dream
A video has been circulating on the internet which shows the new Disney Dream cruise ship coming perilously close to colliding with Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas, just days before the Dream was christened in Port Canaveral.
A passenger's YouTube video shows the Dream drifting very close to the Royal Caribbean cruise ship.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that before the video was uploaded to YouTube, officials with Disney Cruise Lines, Port Canaveral and the U.S. Coast Guard said they were unaware of any such incident. Disney's PR people are now claiming that the ship was never in danger of a collision.
"The ship was under the control of our captain the entire time," spokeswoman Christi Donnan said. "There was never a safety concern."
The interesting thing is that a Royal Caribbean crewmember stopped the passengers from filming or taking photos of the incident. You can see the Royal Caribbean employee blocking the passenger's video camera:
The passenger left the following comment on his YouTube page:
THIS WAS NOT REPORTED ON THE NEWS AND THE CREW TRIED TO KEEP PASSENGERS FROM FILMING!! Standing on RCI Monarch of the Seas during the mandatory Muster drill when Disney Dream began to turn around. Mickey got closer .... and Closer.... AND CLOSER!!!!! The crew tried to keep us from video taping so this is in parts. We were all certainly bracing for the BUMP!!!! An officer ran by us, gesturing to the Dream and taking on a radio - Muster came to a STOP until the Disney Dream missed us. The officer said it was less than one foot - JUST BARELY!!!! This happened in Port Canaveral as the Monarch of the Seas was leaving. The Harbor Master was aboard the Monarch and the Disney Dream did not have the authorization to move the ship. The Disney Dream was set to have the christening on the 19th for the maiden voyage, but it almost didn't happen!!!
Video credit: Floridagalrb's YouTube page