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A Port Canaveral-based cruise ship hits the dock as it enters the Port of Jamaica

Royal Caribbean International’s massive Harmony of the Seas cruise ship hit a pier extension while entering the port of Falmouth, Jamaica on Thursday.

The cruise line said damage to the ship was minor and would not affect current navigation.

The ship was on a seven-night cruise from Port Canaveral, where it is based.

In a statement, Royal Caribbean said: “Upon arrival in Falmouth, Jamaica, Harmony of the Seas made contact with a dock extension. There were no injuries to guests or crew, and only minor cosmetic damage to the stern of the vessel. navigation will continue as planned.”

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It was one of two incidents involving a Port Canaveral-based cruise ship to occur on Thursday.

Carnival Cruise Line on Thursday evening canceled a scheduled Saturday sailing of the Carnival Freedom from Port Canaveral, after the ship was damaged by fire during a stopover earlier in the day in Grand Turk. The fire occurred in the ship’s funnel, and Carnival is taking the ship to a Grand Bahama shipyard for repairs.

The “Oasis-class” Harmony of the Seas ranks third among cruise ships in the world, based on her weight of 226,963 gross tons. The ship has 2,747 cabins, a capacity of 6,687 passengers and a crew of 2,200.

The ship left Port Canaveral on Sunday for a seven-night cruise. It docked at Coco Cay in the Bahamas on Monday; Nassau, Bahamas, Tuesday; Falmouth Thursday; and Labadee, Haiti, Friday. He is due to return to Port Canaveral on Sunday.

In January, the Harmony of the Seas entered a space launch “exclusion zone” when departing Port Canaveral, forcing SpaceX to clean up a Falcon 9 rocket launch. exclusion and prohibited areas, are areas of the Atlantic Ocean closed to maritime traffic during rocket launches. Their boundaries are defined primarily by the rocket’s trajectory and payload.

Emre Kelly contributed to this report.

Dave Berman is a business writer at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Berman at [email protected]. Twitter: @bydaveberman.

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