A cruise ship carrying thousands of British passengers has collided with another vessel off the coast of Palma in Mallorca. The cause of the crash is currently unknown, but passengers on board the P&O Britannia ship believe that strong winds and untypically difficult weather conditions for the island moved the vessel into the other ship on Sunday morning, August 27.
Local publications reported that a sudden storm hit the island, accompanied by heavy rain, hail, and strong gusts. Passengers on the Britannia ship, who witnessed the collision and shared pictures of the aftermath, stated that the ship is currently anchored less than a mile from the shore. All passengers were instructed to assemble at emergency muster stations after hearing a loud bang and witnessing debris floating in the water.
Despite the collision, there were no reports of any injuries among the passengers. However, the extent of the damage to the ships is currently unknown. Some passengers have expressed uncertainty about whether they will have to disembark, while others have already decided to do so. The Britannia set sail from Southampton on August 18 for a Mediterranean cruise, including stops at Cadiz and Ibiza, and had been scheduled to depart from Mallorca on Sunday afternoon.
According to a spokesperson for P&O Cruises, the situation is being assessed, and the captain is providing regular updates to guests on board. Passengers are waiting for further instructions as they consider their next course of action.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. What caused the cruise ship collision off the coast of Palma?
The exact cause of the collision is currently unknown. However, passengers believe that strong winds and untypically difficult weather conditions for the island may have played a role.
2. Were there any injuries reported?
Fortunately, there were no injuries reported among the passengers. The extent of the damage to the ships is still being determined.
3. What is the current status of the cruise ship?
The Britannia cruise ship is currently anchored less than a mile from the shore following the collision. Passengers have been instructed to assemble at emergency muster stations while they await further instructions from the captain.
4. Will passengers have to disembark?
It is unclear at this time whether passengers will have to disembark. Some individuals have already decided to leave the ship, while others are waiting for further updates before making a decision.
5. What was the itinerary of the Britannia cruise ship?
The Britannia set sail from Southampton on August 18 for a Mediterranean cruise, with planned stops at Cadiz and Ibiza. It was scheduled to depart from Mallorca on Sunday afternoon.