Posted December 17th, 2009, 02:36 PM
Here's the chronology of the events:
Yesterday this note was left in our cabin:
December 16, 2009
I want to take this opportunity to let you know of an incident that occurred earlier this morning.
During a docking maneuver at approximately 7:40am today, the Aft of the ship bumped into a small tender jetty while reversing into the basin of Puerto Vallarta. There were no injuries to report but there was some damage to the ship’s stern. The U.S. Coast Guard and other authorities have been notified. Repairs are underway and we will be sailing from Puerto Vallarta as scheduled.
I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
We hope you enjoyed your time ashore in beautiful Puerto Vallarta.
Captain Giorgio Pagano
During our late seating, at approximately 9pm the Cruise Director, Goose, made an announcement basically talking about the incident again, and informing everyone that repairs were taking longer than anticipated, and consequently the gangway would remain in place two extra hours, until midnight, with our departure now scheduled for 12:30 am.
My DH couldn’t sleep and got up at approximately 3:30 and wandered around the ship. We were still docked in Puerto Vallarta, and there was no one around. He said it’s pretty eerie walking around the ship that late at night.
Sometime after that, this note was slipped under our door:
December 17, 2009
I hope you are enjoying your cruise on the Carnival Splendor.
I want to update you on the repairs we have been making to the stern section of the ship. Although we were scheduled to sail yesterday evening, the repairs are taking longer than anticipated. Consequently we will stay in Puerto Vallarta until 3:30 pm today and proceed directly to Cabo San Lucas where we will arrive tomorrow, as scheduled.
We apologize for having to cancel our call on Mazatlan and will post a $20 per person credit on your Sail & Sign account reflecting a refund of the government fees and taxes.
Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful port and we hope you will enjoy the extra time ashore. Please be advised that all Mazatlan shore excursions you may have purchased, will be automatically refunded.
Please be back on board no later than 3:00 pm.
Thank you for your understanding. My officers, staff and crew are dedicated to ensuring that you have a fun and memorable vacation.
Captain Giorgio Pagano
My DH got photos of the damage to the tender jetty, which looks pretty extensive. I’ve uploaded some more photos to the PicassaWeb account of the damage to the pier. We got off the ship and tried to get a photo of the damage to the stern, however with the way the Puerto Vallarta docking situation is, they will not allow you to just walk along the side of the ship all the way to the end, it is gated off. We walked all around the outside of the pier area, almost to the Walmart, and was unable to see anything that looked damaged. Perhaps tomorrow in Cabo we will get a closer look with one of the tenders, or maybe someone on a shore excursion might have gotten something. We also discussed the possibility that all the damage they were repairing was underwater, or it was damage to one of the thrusters, or something like that.
No yelling or screaming from the passengers that I’ve seen yet, people seem to be taking it pretty much in stride, so far.
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