A Holland America cruise ship, Westerdam, suffered damages after colliding with a fixed piece of ice near Alaska's Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay on Wednesday, May 11. The 1,916-passenger ship's hull was not breached and the ship continued on its published itinerary as planned, Holland America said in a statement.
While maneuvering through ice south of Kluane National Park during high winds, the cruise line received a mild indentation in the hull 15 feet below the waterline, according to the US Coast Guard. The Coast Guard met the Seattle-based ship when it arrived at port in Sitka, Alaska and launched an investigation that is ongoing. No one was injured and no pollution occurred as a result of the incident.
The 936-foot vessel is among Holland America's largest cruise ships.
The Associated Press reports that another cruise vessel recently took damage in Southeast Alaska near Ketchikan's Carrol Inlet late Tuesday morning. The 48-passenger, 64-foot Sea Lion Express was inspected by the Coast Guard and given the all-clear to return to service.