The MSC Poesia cruise ship ran aground into a reef in the Bahamas this weekend while sailing to Port Lucaya near Freeport, Bahamas.
The 93,000-ton cruise ship needs twenty-five feet of draft but sailed into only fifteen (15) feet of water. The video below show that the vessel ground into and destroyed a substantial length of the fragile reef.
Several tugs were called to prevent the cruise ship from further grinding into the reef as the wind tried to push the vessel into more shallow water.
MSC was not able to get off the reef until high tide. According to Cruise Radio where I first learned of the grounding, the incident did not stop the cruise ship from tendering cruise passengers to Port Lucaya. Ed Owen who writes for the Examiner also was one of the first to report on this incident.
Were you on the Poesia when it ran aground? Do you have photos, video or comments to share?
Video credit: YouTube (Fredgbscuba)