Celestyal Cruises’ 852 passenger Celestyal Crystal has collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Turkey en-route from Mykonos to Istanbul.
The 1979-built ship, collided with the 2014-launched STI Pimlico tanker, at 01:30am local time, near the Northern entrance of the Çanakkale Strait. The collision resulted in structural damages to the bow of the cruise ship and large damage to the side of the oil tanker.
The STI Pimlico developed a 15-degree list after an explosion in one of the vessels oil tanks, four tugs were dispatched to assist in keeping the oil tanker safe. No injuries have been reported on both ships.
After the collision, Celestyal Crystal anchored off the coast of Gelibolu, under the command of a local pilot, where passengers were evacuated onto small ferries.
The damage sustained to Celestyal Crystal will have to be repaired, before the ship can continue to operate.
From Gelibolu, the cruise line will be transporting guests to Istanbul, where they will receive either a one- or two-night hotel stay and a free shore excursion. On Monday, passengers will be flown from Istanbul to Izmir where a complimentary overnight stay at a hotel in Izmir or Kusadasi will be arranged. For those staying in Izmir transportation to Kusadasi will be arranged and a complimentary excursion to ancient Ephesus will be offered to all passengers. Guests will then board Celestyal Odyssey or Celestyal Olympia on Tuesday to join the cruise either from Kusadasi to Lavrio or from Kusadasi to Piraeus, accordingly.
Celestyal Cruises will also be offering guests a full refund as well as a complimentary 7-night cruise valid until the end of 2016.